Minimal cost arduino for your projects
January 27, 2011 Leave a comment
Sometimes you don’t want to embed your $30 arduino board into your project because it is costly and too big. Sometimes you develop a project for small-scale production so you want to save every dollar. You could buy an arduino mini pro from sparkfun but it still costs you $19. Here is a way to save money and stay small.
Modern device has RBBB, or the really bare bone board. It is a board with ATMEGA328 chip on it so it runs your projects. But it costs less, only $15 per unit. You have to assemble it though. My minimal cost arduino start from there and only costs you about $8 each so you can feel free to duplicate 10 copies of your projects without breaking your bank. Here is how:
You will use the RBBB PCB only but buy parts from else where to save money. Here’s parts:
1. RBBB PCB from Modern Device $2.4 each (if you buy 5 boards)
2. 16MHz resonator from Modern Device $0.50 (if you buy 10 of them)