00: Getting Started With Arduino

Posted on January 26, 2014 by Nick Cousins

Arduino Box

 

I’m really excited to start this tutorial series brought to you by Buyapi.ca . The Arduino is an open source micro-controller used for electronics projects, automation etc. Whether you are a beginner to microcontrollers or just new to the Arduino this tutorial series should benefit users of all levels. These first few tutorials will start simple(installing software, flashing LEDs), and progress to more difficult projects as we move along.

Getting Familiar with the Arduino

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A- USB Port                            B- DC Power Jack                     C- Voltage Regulator

D- Reset Button                       E-ISP Programmer                    F- ATMEGA328P chip

G- I/O Ports

 

SUMMARY

Microcontroller

ATmega328

Operating Voltage

5V

Input Voltage (recommended)

7-12V

Input Voltage (limits)

6-20V

Digital I/O Pins

14 (6 provide PWM output)

Analog Input Pins

6

DC Current per I/O Pin

40mA

DC Current for 3.3V Pin

50mA

Flash Memory

32KB

SRAM

2KB

EEPROM

1KB

Clock Speed

16Mhz

Downloading the Software:

1.Start by navigating  to the Arduino website www.arduino.cc

Arduino Home Page

  1. Click the Download Tab.

Arduino Download Page

  1. Install the software depending what operating system you are running. For these tutorials We will be using Windows. Select Run when asked what to do with the .exe file

RUN

Download in progress

  1. when done downloading you will see the following screen:

Done downloading

  1. Now run through the install process.

Step1

Step2

 Step3

Congrats! you have now officially downloaded the software needed to get started. In the next tutorial we will make an LED blink using the Arduino.

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