We sure love the ATmega328 here at Adafruit, and we use them a lot for our own projects. The processor has plenty of GPIO, Analog inputs, hardware UART SPI and I2C, timers and PWM galore – just enough for most simple projects. When we need to go small, we use a Pro Trinket 3V or 5V, but when size isn’t as much of a concern, and an USB-serial converter is required, we reach for an Adafruit METRO.
METRO is the culmination of years of playing with AVRs: we wanted to make a development board that is easy to use and is hacker friendly.
ATmega328 brains – This popular chip has 32KB of flash (1/2 K is reserved for the bootloader), 2KB of RAM, clocked at 16MHz
Power the METRO with 7-20V polarity protected DC or the micro USB connector to any 5V USB source. The 2.1mm DC jack has an on/off switch next to it so you can turn off your setup easily. The METRO will automagically switch between USB and DC.
METRO has 20 GPIO pins, 6 of which are Analog in as well, and 2 of which are reserved for the USB-serial converter. There's also 6 PWMs available on 3 timers (1 x 16-bit, 2 x 8-bit). There's a hardware SPI port, hardware I2C port and hardware UART to USB.
GPIO Logic level is 5V but by cutting and soldering closed a jumper, you can easily convert it to 3.3V logic
USB to Serial converter, there's a hardware USB to Serial converter that can be used by any computer to listen/send data to the METRO, and can also be used to launch and update code via the bootloader
Four indicator LEDs, on the front edge of the PCB, for easy debugging. One green power LED, two RX/TX LEDs for the UART, and a red LED connected to pin PB5
Easy reprogramming, comes pre-loaded with the Optiboot bootloader, which is supported by avrdude and only uses 512 bytes.
Beautiful styling by PaintYourDragon and Bruce Yan, in Adafruit Black with gold plated pads.
This version of the METRO 328 comes as a fully assembled and tested development board but without any headers attached. We do include some through-hole headers that you can solder on if you like, or you can solder wires or header directly to the breakout pads. We also include 4 rubber bumpers to keep it from slipping off your desk.
Features & more at a glance:
ATmega328 microcontroller with Optiboot (UNO) Bootloader
USB Programming and debugging via the well-supported genuine FTDI FT231X
Input voltage: 7-20V
5V logic with 3.3V compatible inputs, can be converted to 3.3V logic operation
20 Digital I/O Pins: 6 are also PWM outputs and 6 are also Analog Inputs
6-pin ICSP Header for reprogramming
32KB Flash Memory – 0.5K for bootloader, 31.5KB available after bootloading
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