Fred Dart at FTDI has created a new energy efficient Arduino UNO compatible board that is based on the FTDI FT231X USB UART and is capable of delivering 5V at a full 1A without overheating.
The NerO is equipped with a 16MHz ATMega328 MCU with Optiboot Bootloader, VIN Input voltage – 7V to 20V ( 9V or 12V recommended ), UNO R3 form factor, 14 Digital I/O Pins (6 PWM outputs) 6 Analog Inputs and FTDI FT231XS USB UART interface.
Dart explains more about the inspiration behind the new NerO development board that is fully programmable using the Arduino IDE.
The UNO R3 is the staple of most Arduino based projects but it’s been around for a number of years and many of the features have been improved for example by Adafruit and Sparkfun who make excellent enhanced UNO compatibles.
However, our additional requirements for a full 1A current without excess heat dissipation and FCC/CE conformity led us to consider a new 3rd party UNO compatible reference design that met these requirements hence the inspiration behind NerO.
We were delighted with the results of our prototype so we decided to make it available in its own right for anyone to use. On launch we will make the NerO schematic and pcb design files available publicly as a reference design under OSHWA ( Open Source Hardware Association ) terms and welcome the community to benefit from our original design work.
For more information on the new NerO Arduino development board jump over to the Kickstarter website for details, full specifications and to make a pledge from just £10 for the first 250 early bird backers.