Getting Started with the new Arduino Nano Every

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The tiny footprint, low power and low cost Arduino Nano has already won many hearts in maker community. They are reliable, easily available and huge community support with tons of examples makes the Nano perfect for wearables, drones — in fact any project made to last. Arduino Nano is getting a make over this season and it is called Arduino Nano Every.

The new entry-level Arduino Nano Every manages to pack in even more features at an even lower price — just $9.90 / €8.00 without headers — and is backwards compatible with the original. Dario Pennisi, who led the development of Arduino Nano every says –

Arduino Nano Every reliable, affordable and more powerful. The newer ATmega4809 microcontroller fixes limitations of older ATmega328p based boards – you can add a second hardware serial port! More peripherals and memory means you can tackle more ambitious projects. The Configurable Custom Logic (CCL) is a great way to get beginners more interested in hardware. We’ve used a quality USB chip so people won’t have connection or driver issues. The separate processor handling the USB interface also makes it possible to implement different USB classes such as Human Interface Device (HID) instead of just the classic CDC/UART.

Also, with Arduino Nano Every, Arduino is trying to make sure people buy the genuine board and not clone ones. Because if you search for “Arduino Nano project”, it returns millions of results for the original. But you also find people complaining about boards not working. Of course those boards are usually clones – not genuine Arduino boards! Clones can have reliability issues which mean you need to pay for more, or are frustrated trying to get them to work.

Key Features of Arduino Nano Every

  • New processor with more memory and new peripherals, still 5V capable. The added memory will unleash creativity and open to more complex applications and the new peripheral set, which includes a second serial port, will finally allow communicating at the same time with a PC and with peripherals such as a wireless interface or a GPS.
  • The new power supply architecture based on a high efficiency DC-DC converter allows powering the board at up to 21V and to drive output peripherals with up to 950mA without overheating
  • Castellated contacts and flush bottom side allow soldering the Nano Every directly on a board as a traditional SMT component, opening the possibility to reduce final product size and helping the use in volume applications

Technical Specs of Arduino Nano Every

This board is based on the ATMega4809 microcontroller.

Clock 20MHz
Flash 48KB
SRAM 6KB
EEPROM 256byte

ATSAMD11D14A Processor takes care of the USB to SERIAL communication and it is connected to the following pins of the ATMega4809 microcontroller.

ATMega4809 Pin ATMega4809 Acronym SAMD11 Pin SAMD11 Acronym Description
9 PB05 15 PA22 SAMD11 TX -> ATMega4809 RX
8 PB04 16 PA23 ATMega4809 TX -> SAMD11 RX
41 UPDI 12

11

PA15

PA14

UPDI RX

UPDI TX

The board has a two 15 pins connectors – one on each side -,  pin to pin compatible with the original Arduino Nano.

Pin Funcion Type Description
1 D13 Digital SPI SCK, GPIO
2 +3V3 Power Out Internally generated power output to external devices
3 AREF Analog Analog Reference; can be used as GPIO
4 A0/DAC0 Analog ADC in/DAC out; can be used as GPIO
5 A1 Analog ADC in; can be used as GPIO
6 A2 Analog ADC in; can be used as GPIO
7 A3 Analog ADC in; can be used as GPIO
8 A4/SDA Analog ADC in; I2C SDA; Can be used as GPIO
9 A5/SCL Analog ADC in; I2C SCL; Can be used as GPIO
10 A6 Analog ADC in; can be used as GPIO
11 A7 Analog ADC in; can be used as GPIO
12 +5V Power Out Internally generated power output to external devices
13 RST Digital In Active low reset input (duplicate of pin 18)
14 GND Power Power Ground
15 VIN Power In Vin Power input
16 TX Digital USART TX; can be used as GPIO
17 RX Digital USART RX; can be used as GPIO
18 RST Digital Active low reset input (duplicate of pin 13)
19 GND Power Power Ground
20 D2 Digital GPIO
21 D3/PWM Digital GPIO; can be used as PWM
22 D4 Digital GPIO
23 D5/PWM Digital GPIO; can be used as PWM
24 D6/PWM Digital GPIO; can be used as PWM
25 D7 Digital GPIO
26 D8 Digital GPIO
27 D9/PWM Digital GPIO; can be used as PWM
28 D10/PWM Digital GPIO; can be used as PWM
29 D11/MOSI Digital SPI MOSI; can be used as GPIO
30 D12/MISO Digital SPI MISO; can be used as GPIO

Arduino Nano Every is available for pre-oder and shipping will start from mid June 2018.

Arduino is becoming very aggressive on pricing and new development in IoT domain. With the new series of board they are trying to capture both the fastest growing IoT market and low cost community board. Stay tuned for latest updates from Arduino.

Also read –

Arduino Launches Arduino Nano 33 IoT Board

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