A starter kit for the Arduino Uno open-source prototyping board which can be used by professional embedded system engineers and students is available from RS Components.
The kit contains the components required to start programming with the Arduino Uno board along with a guidebook featuring 15 different projects. There is a definite mechatronics flavour to the kit which includes a motor, servomotor and driver.
The new starter kit has been developed together with a series of ten video tutorials hosted by Arduino co-founder Massimo Banzi, which can be viewed at www.rs-components.com/arduino.
“This new kit, along with the practical and instructive video series, is set to enthuse and inform a whole raft of users, from qualified engineers to those just embarking on their first taste of electronics design,” said Glenn Jarrett, Head of Product Marketing, RS.
The Arduino Uno is based on the Atmel ATmega328 32-bit microcontroller, with 32kbyte of flash memory, 2kbyte of SRAM and 1kbyte of EEPROM.
It supports Windows, OS X and Linux operating systems, in common with the open-source IDE, which can be downloaded free-of-charge.
The Uno has 14 digital input/output pins (of which 6 can be used as PWM outputs), 6 analogue inputs, a 16 MHz crystal oscillator, a USB connection, a power jack, an ICSP header, and a reset button. There are 3 different options to power the board: via a USB cable, an AC-DC adapter or a battery.
A series of peripheral boards, known as shields, are available to plug into the top of the main Arduino PCB, providing an interface to components for a gamut of applications, including the Motor Shield, which enables the control of DC motors and read encoders, and the Ethernet Shield for connectivity.
The new Arduino starter kit is available exclusively from RS Components until October 16th, 2012, with continued RS stock availability after this date.