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Overview

The Arduino Mega is a microcontroller board based on the ATmega1280 (datasheet). It has 54 digital input/output pins (of which 14 can be used as PWM outputs), 16 analog inputs, 4 UARTs (hardware serial ports), a 16 MHz crystal oscillator, a USB connection, a power jack, an ICSP header, and a reset button. It contains everything needed to support the microcontroller; simply connect it to a computer with a USB cable or power it with a AC-to-DC adapter or battery to get started. The Mega is compatible with most shields designed for the Arduino Duemilanove or Diecimila.

Schematic & Reference Design

EAGLE files: arduino-mega-reference-design.zip

Schematic: arduino-mega-schematic.pdf

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Vision General

El Arduino Mega es una placa microcontrolador basada ATmeg1280 (datasheet). Tiene 54 entradas/salidas digitales (de las cuales 14 proporcionan salida PWM), 16 entradas digitales, 4 UARTS (puertos serie por hardware), un cristal oscilador de 16MHz, conexión USB, entrada de corriente, conector ICSP y botón de reset. Contiene todo lo necesario para hacer funcionar el microcontrolador; simplemente conectálo al ordenador con el cable USB o aliméntalo con un trasformador o batería para empezar. El Mega es compatible con la mayoría de shields diseñados para el Arduino Duemilanove o Diecimila

Esquemas y Diseños

Archivos EAGLE : arduino-mega-reference-design.zip

Esquemas: arduino-mega-schematic.pdf

Resumen

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MicrocontrollerATmega1280
Operating Voltage5V
Input Voltage (recommended)7-12V
Input Voltage (limits)6-20V
Digital I/O Pins54 (of which 14 provide PWM output)
Analog Input Pins16
DC Current per I/O Pin40 mA
DC Current for 3.3V Pin50 mA
Flash Memory128 KB of which 4 KB used by bootloader
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MicrocontroladorATmega1280
Voltaje de funcionamiento5V
Voltaje de entrada (recomendado)7-12V
Voltaje de entrada (limite)6-20V
Pines E/S digitales54 (14 proporcionan salida PWM)
Pines de entrada analógica16
Intensidad por pin40 mA
Intensidad en pin 3.3V50 mA
Memoria Flash128 KB de las cuales 4 KB las usa el gestor de arranque(bootloader)
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Clock Speed16 MHz

Power

The Arduino Mega can be powered via the USB connection or with an external power supply. The power source is selected automatically.

External (non-USB) power can come either from an AC-to-DC adapter (wall-wart) or battery. The adapter can be connected by plugging a 2.1mm center-positive plug into the board's power jack. Leads from a battery can be inserted in the Gnd and Vin pin headers of the POWER connector.

The board can operate on an external supply of 6 to 20 volts. If supplied with less than 7V, however, the 5V pin may supply less than five volts and the board may be unstable. If using more than 12V, the voltage regulator may overheat and damage the board. The recommended range is 7 to 12 volts.

The power pins are as follows:

  • VIN. The input voltage to the Arduino board when it's using an external power source (as opposed to 5 volts from the USB connection or other regulated power source). You can supply voltage through this pin, or, if supplying voltage via the power jack, access it through this pin.

  • 5V. The regulated power supply used to power the microcontroller and other components on the board. This can come either from VIN via an on-board regulator, or be supplied by USB or another regulated 5V supply.

  • 3V3. A 3.3 volt supply generated by the on-board FTDI chip. Maximum current draw is 50 mA.

  • GND. Ground pins.

Memory

The ATmega1280 has 128 KB of flash memory for storing code (of which 4 KB is used for the bootloader), 8 KB of SRAM and 4 KB of EEPROM (which can be read and written with the EEPROM library).

Input and Output

Each of the 54 digital pins on the Mega can be used as an input or output, using pinMode(), digitalWrite(), and digitalRead() functions. They operate at 5 volts. Each pin can provide or receive a maximum of 40 mA and has an internal pull-up resistor (disconnected by default) of 20-50 kOhms. In addition, some pins have specialized functions:

  • Serial: 0 (RX) and 1 (TX); Serial 1: 19 (RX) and 18 (TX); Serial 2: 17 (RX) and 16 (TX); Serial 3: 15 (RX) and 14 (TX). Used to receive (RX) and transmit (TX) TTL serial data. Pins 0 and 1 are also connected to the corresponding pins of the FTDI USB-to-TTL Serial chip.

  • External Interrupts: 2 (interrupt 0), 3 (interrupt 1), 18 (interrupt 5), 19 (interrupt 4), 20 (interrupt 3), and 21 (interrupt 2). These pins can be configured to trigger an interrupt on a low value, a rising or falling edge, or a change in value. See the attachInterrupt() function for details.

  • PWM: 0 to 13. Provide 8-bit PWM output with the analogWrite() function.

  • SPI: 50 (MISO), 51 (MOSI), 52 (SCK), 53 (SS). These pins support SPI communication, which, although provided by the underlying hardware, is not currently included in the Arduino language. The SPI pins are also broken out on the ICSP header, which is physically compatible with the Duemilanove and Diecimila.

  • LED: 13. There is a built-in LED connected to digital pin 13. When the pin is HIGH value, the LED is on, when the pin is LOW, it's off.

  • I2C: 20 (SDA) and 21 (SCL). Support I2C (TWI) communication using the Wire library (documentation on the Wiring website). Note that these pins are not in the same location as the I2C pins on the Duemilanove or Diecimila.

The Mega has 16 analog inputs, each of which provide 10 bits of resolution (i.e. 1024 different values). By default they measure from ground to 5 volts, though is it possible to change the upper end of their range using the AREF pin and analogReference() function.

There are a couple of other pins on the board:

  • AREF. Reference voltage for the analog inputs. Used with analogReference().

  • Reset. Bring this line LOW to reset the microcontroller. Typically used to add a reset button to shields which block the one on the board.

Communication

The Arduino Mega has a number of facilities for communicating with a computer, another Arduino, or other microcontrollers. The ATmega1280 provides four hardware UARTs for TTL (5V) serial communication. An FTDI FT232RL on the board channels one of these over USB and the FTDI drivers (included with the Arduino software) provide a virtual com port to software on the computer. The Arduino software includes a serial monitor which allows simple textual data to be sent to and from the Arduino board. The RX and TX LEDs on the board will flash when data is being transmitted via the FTDI chip and USB connection to the computer (but not for serial communication on pins 0 and 1).

A SoftwareSerial library allows for serial communication on any of the Mega's digital pins.

The ATmega1280 also supports I2C (TWI) and SPI communication. The Arduino software includes a Wire library to simplify use of the I2C bus; see the documentation on the Wiring website for details. To use the SPI communication, please see the ATmega1280 datasheet.

Programming

The Arduino Mega can be programmed with the Arduino software (download). For details, see the reference and tutorials.

The ATmega1280 on the Arduino Mega comes preburned with a bootloader that allows you to upload new code to it without the use of an external hardware programmer. It communicates using the original STK500 protocol (reference, C header files).

You can also bypass the bootloader and program the microcontroller through the ICSP (In-Circuit Serial Programming) header; see these instructions for details.

Automatic (Software) Reset

Rather then requiring a physical press of the reset button before an upload, the Arduino Mega is designed in a way that allows it to be reset by software running on a connected computer. One of the hardware flow control lines (DTR) of the FT232RL is connected to the reset line of the ATmega1280 via a 100 nanofarad capacitor. When this line is asserted (taken low), the reset line drops long enough to reset the chip. The Arduino software uses this capability to allow you to upload code by simply pressing the upload button in the Arduino environment. This means that the bootloader can have a shorter timeout, as the lowering of DTR can be well-coordinated with the start of the upload.

This setup has other implications. When the Mega is connected to either a computer running Mac OS X or Linux, it resets each time a connection is made to it from software (via USB). For the following half-second or so, the bootloader is running on the Mega. While it is programmed to ignore malformed data (i.e. anything besides an upload of new code), it will intercept the first few bytes of data sent to the board after a connection is opened. If a sketch running on the board receives one-time configuration or other data when it first starts, make sure that the software with which it communicates waits a second after opening the connection and before sending this data.

The Mega contains a trace that can be cut to disable the auto-reset. The pads on either side of the trace can be soldered together to re-enable it. It's labeled "RESET-EN". You may also be able to disable the auto-reset by connecting a 110 ohm resistor from 5V to the reset line; see this forum thread for details.

USB Overcurrent Protection

The Arduino Mega has a resettable polyfuse that protects your computer's USB ports from shorts and overcurrent. Although most computers provide their own internal protection, the fuse provides an extra layer of protection. If more than 500 mA is applied to the USB port, the fuse will automatically break the connection until the short or overload is removed.

Physical Characteristics and Shield Compatibility

The maximum length and width of the Mega PCB are 4 and 2.1 inches respectively, with the USB connector and power jack extending beyond the former dimension. Three screw holes allow the board to be attached to a surface or case. Note that the distance between digital pins 7 and 8 is 160 mil (0.16"), not an even multiple of the 100 mil spacing of the other pins.

The Mega is designed to be compatible with most shields designed for the Diecimila or Duemilanove. Digital pins 0 to 13 (and the adjacent AREF and GND pins), analog inputs 0 to 5, the power header, and ICSP header are all in equivalent locations. Further the main UART (serial port) is located on the same pins (0 and 1), as are external interrupts 0 and 1 (pins 2 and 3 respectively). SPI is available through the ICSP header on both the Mega and Duemilanove / Diecimila. Please note that I2C is not located on the same pins on the Mega (20 and 21) as the Duemilanove / Diecimila (analog inputs 4 and 5).

Photo of the Arduino Mega by SpikenzieLabs.

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Alimentación

El Arduino Mega puede ser alimentado vía la conexión USB o con una fuente de alimentación externa. El origen de la alimentación se selecciona automáticamente.

Las fuentes de alimentación externas (no-USB) pueden ser tanto un transformador o una batería. El transformador se puede conectar usando un conector macho de 2.1mm con centro positivo en el conector hembra de la placa. Los cables de la batería puede conectarse a los pines Gnd y Vin en los conectores de alimentación (POWER)

La placa puede trabajar con una alimentación externa de entre 6 a 20 voltios. Si el voltaje suministrado es inferior a 7V el pin de 5V puede proporcionar menos de 5 Voltios y la placa puede volverse inestable, si se usan mas de 12V los reguladores de voltaje se pueden sobrecalentar y dañar la placa. El rango recomendado es de 7 a 12 voltios.

Los pines de alimentación son los siguientes:

  • VIN. La entrada de voltaje a la placa Arduino cando se esta usando una fuente externa de alimentación (en opuesto a los 5 voltios de la conexión USB). Se puede proporcionar voltaje a través de este pin, o, si se esta alimentado a través de la conexión de 2.1mm , acceder a ella a través de est pin.

  • 5V. La fuente de voltaje estabilizado usado para alimentar el microcontrolador y otros componentes de la placa. Esta puede provenir de VIN a través de un regulador integrado en la placa, o proporcionada directamente por el USB o otra fuente estabilizada de 5V.

  • 3V3. Una fuente de voltaje a 3.3 voltios generada en el chip FTDI integrado en la placa. La corriente máxima soportada 50mA.

  • GND. Pines de toma de tierra.

Memoria

El ATmega1280 tiene 128KB de memoria flash para almacenar código (4KB son usados para el arranque del sistema(bootloader).El ATmega1280 tiene 8 KB de memoria SRAM . El ATmega1280 tiene 4KB de EEPROM , que puede a la cual se puede acceder para leer o escribir con la [Reference/EEPROM |librería EEPROM]].

Entradas y Salidas

Cada uno de los 54 pines digitales en el Duemilanove pueden utilizarse como entradas o como salidas usando las funciones pinMode(), digitalWrite(), y digitalRead() . Las E/S operan a 5 voltios. Cada pin puede proporcionar o recibir una intensidad maxima de 40mA y tiene una resistencia interna (desconectada por defecto)de 20-50kOhms. Además, algunos pines tienen funciones especializadas:

  • Serie: 0 (RX) y 1 (TX),Serie 1: 19 (RX) y 18 (TX); Serie 2: 17 (RX) y 16 (TX); Serie 3: 15 (RX) y 14 (TX). Usado para recibir (RX) transmitir (TX) datos a través de puerto serie TTL. Los pines Serie: 0 (RX) y 1 (TX) estan conectados a los pines correspondientes del chip FTDI USB-to-TTL.

  • Interrupciones Externas: 2 (interrupción 0), 3 (interrupción 1), 18 (interrupción 5), 19 (interrupción 4), 20 (interrupción 3), y 21 (interrupción 2).. Estos pines se pueden configurar para lanzar una interrupción en un valor LOW(0V), en flancos de subida o bajada (cambio de LOW a HIGH(5V) o viceversa), o en cambios de valor. Ver la función attachInterrupt() para as detalles.

  • PWM: de 0 a 13. Proporciona una salida PWM (Pulse Wave Modulation, modulación de onda por pulsos) de 8 bits de resolución (valores de 0 a 255) a traves de la función analogWrite().

  • SPI: 50 (SS), 51 (MOSI), 52 (MISO), 53 (SCK). Estos pines proporcionan comunicación SPI, que a pesar de que el hardware la proporcione actualmente no esta incluido en el lenguaje Arduino.

  • LED: 13. Hay un LED integrado en la placa conectado al pin digital 13, cuando este pin tiene un valor HIGH(5V) el LED se enciende y cuando este tiene un valor LOW(0V) este se apaga.

El Mega tiene 16 entradas analógicas, y cada una de ellas proporciona una resolución de 10bits (1024 valores). Por defecto se mide de tierra a 5 voltios, aunque es posible cambiar la cota superior de este rango usando el pin AREF y la función analogReference(). Además algunos pines tienen funciones especializadas:

  • I2C: 20 (SDA) y 21 (SCL). Soporte del protocolo de comunicaciones I2C (TWI) usando la librería Wire.

Hay unos otros pines en la placa:

  • AREF. Voltaje de referencia para la entradas analogicas.Usado poranalogReference().

  • Reset. Suministrar un valor LOW(0V) para reiniciar el microcontrolador. Típicamente usado para añadir un botón de reset a los shields que no dejan acceso a este botón en la placa.

Comunicaciones

EL Arduino Mega facilita en varios aspectos la comunicación con el ordenador, otro Arduino o otros microcontroladores. El ATmega1280 proporciona cuatro puertos de comunicación vía serie UART TTL (5V). Un chip FTDI FT232RL integrado en la placa canaliza esta comunicación serie a traes del USB y los drivers FTDI (incluidos en el software de Arduino) proporcionan un puerto serie virtual en el ordenador. El software incluye un monitor de puerto serie que permite enviar y recibir información textual de la placa Arduino. Los LEDS RX y TX de la placa parpadearan cuando se detecte comunicación transmitida través del chip FTDI y la conexión USB (no parpadearan si se usa la comunicación serie a través de los pines 0 y 1).

La libreria SoftwareSerial permite comunicación serie por cualquier par de pines digitales del Mega.

El ATmega1280 también soportan la comunicación I2C (TWI) y SPI . El software de Arduino incluye una librería Wire para simplificar el uso el bus I2C, ver The la documentación para mas detalles. Para el uso de la comunicación SPI, mira el la hoja de especificaciones (datasheet) del ATmega1280.

Programación

El Arduino Mega se puede programar con el software Arduino (descargar). Para mas detalles mirareferencia y tutoriales.

El ATmega1280 en el Arduino Mega viene precargado con un gestor de arranque (bootloader) que permite cargar nuevo código sin necesidad de un programador por hardware externo. Se comunica utilizando el protocolo STK500 original(referencia, archivo de cabecera C).

También te puedes saltar el gestor de arranque y programar directamente el microcontrolador a través del puerto ISCP (In Circuit Serial Programming); para mas detalles ver estas instrucciones.

Reinicio Automatico por Software

En vez de necesitar reiniciar presionando físicamente el botón de reset antes de cargar, el Arduino Mega esta diseñado de manera que es posible reiniciar por software desde el ordenador donde este conectado. Una de las lineas de control de flujo(DTR) del FT232RL esta conectada a la linea de reinicio del ATmega1280 a través de un condensador de 100 nanofaradios. Cuando la linea se pone a LOW(0V), la linea de reinicio también se pone a LOW el tiempo suficiente para reiniciar el chip. El software de Arduino utiliza esta característica para permitir cargar los sketches con solo apretar un botón del entorno. Dado que el gestor de arranque tiene un lapso de tiempo para ello, la activación del DTR y la carga del sketch se coordinan perfectamente.

Esta configuración tiene otras implicaciones. Cuando el Mega se conecta a un ordenador con Mac OS X o Linux, esto reinicia la placa cada vez que se realiza una conexión desde el software (via USB). El medio segundo aproximadamente posterior, el gestor de arranque se esta ejecutando. A pesar de estar programado para ignorar datos mal formateados (ej. cualquier cosa que la carga de un programa nuevo) intercepta los primeros bytes que se envían a la placa justo después de que se abra la conexión.Si un sketch ejecutándose en la placa recibe algún tipo de configuración inicial o otro tipo de información al inicio del programa, asegúrate que el software con el cual se comunica espera un segundo después de abrir la conexión antes de enviar los datos.

El Mega contiene una pista que puede ser cortada para deshabilitar el auto-reset. Las terminaciones a cada lado pueden ser soldadas entre ellas para rehabilitarlo. Están etiquetadas con "RESET-EN". También podéis deshabilitar el auto-reset conectando una resistencia de 110 ohms desde el pin 5V al pin de reset; mirar este hilo del foro para mas detalles.

Protección contra sobretensiones en USB

El Arduino Mega tiene un multifusible reinicializable que protege la conexión USB de tu ordenador de cortocircuitos y sobretensiones. A aparte que la mayoría de ordenadores proporcionan su propia protección interna, el fusible proporciona un capa extra de protección. Si mas de 500mA son detectados en el puerto USB, el fusible automáticamente corta la conexión hasta que el cortocircuito o la sobretensión desaparece.

Características Físicas y Compatibilidad de Shields

La longitud y amplitud máxima de la placa Duemilanove es de 4 y 2.1 pulgadas respectivamente, con el conector USB y la conexión de alimentación sobresaliendo de estas dimensiones. Tres agujeros para fijación con tornillos permiten colocar la placa en superficies y cajas. Ten en cuenta que la distancia entre los pines digitales 7 y 8 es 160 mil (0,16"), no es múltiple de la separación de 100 mil entre los otros pines.

El Mega esta diseñado para se compatible con la mayoría de shields diseñados para el Diecimila o Duemilanove. Los pines digitales de 0 a 23 (y los pines AREF y GND adyacentes), las entradas analógicas de 0 a 5, los conectores de alimentación y lo conectores ICPS están todos ubicados en posiciones equivalentes. Además el puerto serie principal esta ubicado en los mismos pines (0 y 1), asi como las interrupciones 0 y 1 (pines 2 y 3 respectivamente). SPI esta disponible en los conectores ICSP tanto en el mega como en el Duemilanove/Diecimila. Atención, los pines I2C no esta ubicado en la misma posición en el Mega (20 y 21) que en el Duemilanove/Diecimila (entradas analógicas 4 y 5).

Foto del Arduino Mega por SpikenzieLabs.

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The Mega is designed to be compatible with most shields designed for the Diecimila or Duemilanove. Digital pins 0 to 13 (and the adjacent AREF and GND pins), analog inputs 0 to 5, the power header, and ICSP header are all in equivalent locations. Further the main UART (serial port) is located on the same pins (0 and 1), as are external interrupts 0 and 1 (pins 2 and 3 respectively). SPI is available through the ICSP header on both the Mega and Duemilanove / Diecimila. Please note that I2C is not located on the same pins on the Mega (20 and 21) as the Duemilanove / Diecimila (analog inputs 4 and 5).

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The Mega is designed to be compatible with most shields designed for the Diecimila or Duemilanove. Digital pins 0 to 13 (and the adjacent AREF and GND pins), analog inputs 0 to 5, the power header, and ICSP header are all in equivalent locations. Further the main UART (serial port) is located on the same pins (0 and 1), as are external interrupts 0 and 1 (pins 2 and 3 respectively). SPI is available through the ICSP header on both the Mega and Duemilanove / Diecimila. Please note that I2C is not located on the same pins on the Mega (20 and 21) as the Duemilanove / Diecimila (analog inputs 4 and 5).

Photo of the Arduino Mega by SpikenzieLabs.

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Arduino Mega

Overview

The Arduino Mega is a microcontroller board based on the ATmega1280 (datasheet). It has 54 digital input/output pins (of which 14 can be used as PWM outputs), 16 analog inputs, 4 UARTs (hardware serial ports), a 16 MHz crystal oscillator, a USB connection, a power jack, an ICSP header, and a reset button. It contains everything needed to support the microcontroller; simply connect it to a computer with a USB cable or power it with a AC-to-DC adapter or battery to get started. The Mega is compatible with most shields designed for the Arduino Duemilanove or Diecimila.

Schematic & Reference Design

EAGLE files: arduino-mega-reference-design.zip

Schematic: arduino-mega-schematic.pdf

Summary

MicrocontrollerATmega1280
Operating Voltage5V
Input Voltage (recommended)7-12V
Input Voltage (limits)6-20V
Digital I/O Pins54 (of which 14 provide PWM output)
Analog Input Pins16
DC Current per I/O Pin40 mA
DC Current for 3.3V Pin50 mA
Flash Memory128 KB of which 4 KB used by bootloader
SRAM8 KB
EEPROM4 KB
Clock Speed16 MHz

Power

The Arduino Mega can be powered via the USB connection or with an external power supply. The power source is selected automatically.

External (non-USB) power can come either from an AC-to-DC adapter (wall-wart) or battery. The adapter can be connected by plugging a 2.1mm center-positive plug into the board's power jack. Leads from a battery can be inserted in the Gnd and Vin pin headers of the POWER connector.

The board can operate on an external supply of 6 to 20 volts. If supplied with less than 7V, however, the 5V pin may supply less than five volts and the board may be unstable. If using more than 12V, the voltage regulator may overheat and damage the board. The recommended range is 7 to 12 volts.

The power pins are as follows:

  • VIN. The input voltage to the Arduino board when it's using an external power source (as opposed to 5 volts from the USB connection or other regulated power source). You can supply voltage through this pin, or, if supplying voltage via the power jack, access it through this pin.

  • 5V. The regulated power supply used to power the microcontroller and other components on the board. This can come either from VIN via an on-board regulator, or be supplied by USB or another regulated 5V supply.

  • 3V3. A 3.3 volt supply generated by the on-board FTDI chip. Maximum current draw is 50 mA.

  • GND. Ground pins.

Memory

The ATmega1280 has 128 KB of flash memory for storing code (of which 4 KB is used for the bootloader), 8 KB of SRAM and 4 KB of EEPROM (which can be read and written with the EEPROM library).

Input and Output

Each of the 54 digital pins on the Mega can be used as an input or output, using pinMode(), digitalWrite(), and digitalRead() functions. They operate at 5 volts. Each pin can provide or receive a maximum of 40 mA and has an internal pull-up resistor (disconnected by default) of 20-50 kOhms. In addition, some pins have specialized functions:

  • Serial: 0 (RX) and 1 (TX); Serial 1: 19 (RX) and 18 (TX); Serial 2: 17 (RX) and 16 (TX); Serial 3: 15 (RX) and 14 (TX). Used to receive (RX) and transmit (TX) TTL serial data. Pins 0 and 1 are also connected to the corresponding pins of the FTDI USB-to-TTL Serial chip.

  • External Interrupts: 2 (interrupt 0), 3 (interrupt 1), 18 (interrupt 5), 19 (interrupt 4), 20 (interrupt 3), and 21 (interrupt 2). These pins can be configured to trigger an interrupt on a low value, a rising or falling edge, or a change in value. See the attachInterrupt() function for details.

  • PWM: 0 to 13. Provide 8-bit PWM output with the analogWrite() function.

  • SPI: 50 (MISO), 51 (MOSI), 52 (SCK), 53 (SS). These pins support SPI communication, which, although provided by the underlying hardware, is not currently included in the Arduino language. The SPI pins are also broken out on the ICSP header, which is physically compatible with the Duemilanove and Diecimila.

  • LED: 13. There is a built-in LED connected to digital pin 13. When the pin is HIGH value, the LED is on, when the pin is LOW, it's off.

  • I2C: 20 (SDA) and 21 (SCL). Support I2C (TWI) communication using the Wire library (documentation on the Wiring website). Note that these pins are not in the same location as the I2C pins on the Duemilanove or Diecimila.

The Mega has 16 analog inputs, each of which provide 10 bits of resolution (i.e. 1024 different values). By default they measure from ground to 5 volts, though is it possible to change the upper end of their range using the AREF pin and analogReference() function.

There are a couple of other pins on the board:

  • AREF. Reference voltage for the analog inputs. Used with analogReference().

  • Reset. Bring this line LOW to reset the microcontroller. Typically used to add a reset button to shields which block the one on the board.

Communication

The Arduino Mega has a number of facilities for communicating with a computer, another Arduino, or other microcontrollers. The ATmega1280 provides four hardware UARTs for TTL (5V) serial communication. An FTDI FT232RL on the board channels one of these over USB and the FTDI drivers (included with the Arduino software) provide a virtual com port to software on the computer. The Arduino software includes a serial monitor which allows simple textual data to be sent to and from the Arduino board. The RX and TX LEDs on the board will flash when data is being transmitted via the FTDI chip and USB connection to the computer (but not for serial communication on pins 0 and 1).

A SoftwareSerial library allows for serial communication on any of the Mega's digital pins.

The ATmega1280 also supports I2C (TWI) and SPI communication. The Arduino software includes a Wire library to simplify use of the I2C bus; see the documentation on the Wiring website for details. To use the SPI communication, please see the ATmega1280 datasheet.

Programming

The Arduino Mega can be programmed with the Arduino software (download). For details, see the reference and tutorials.

The ATmega1280 on the Arduino Mega comes preburned with a bootloader that allows you to upload new code to it without the use of an external hardware programmer. It communicates using the original STK500 protocol (reference, C header files).

You can also bypass the bootloader and program the microcontroller through the ICSP (In-Circuit Serial Programming) header; see these instructions for details.

Automatic (Software) Reset

Rather then requiring a physical press of the reset button before an upload, the Arduino Mega is designed in a way that allows it to be reset by software running on a connected computer. One of the hardware flow control lines (DTR) of the FT232RL is connected to the reset line of the ATmega1280 via a 100 nanofarad capacitor. When this line is asserted (taken low), the reset line drops long enough to reset the chip. The Arduino software uses this capability to allow you to upload code by simply pressing the upload button in the Arduino environment. This means that the bootloader can have a shorter timeout, as the lowering of DTR can be well-coordinated with the start of the upload.

This setup has other implications. When the Mega is connected to either a computer running Mac OS X or Linux, it resets each time a connection is made to it from software (via USB). For the following half-second or so, the bootloader is running on the Mega. While it is programmed to ignore malformed data (i.e. anything besides an upload of new code), it will intercept the first few bytes of data sent to the board after a connection is opened. If a sketch running on the board receives one-time configuration or other data when it first starts, make sure that the software with which it communicates waits a second after opening the connection and before sending this data.

The Mega contains a trace that can be cut to disable the auto-reset. The pads on either side of the trace can be soldered together to re-enable it. It's labeled "RESET-EN". You may also be able to disable the auto-reset by connecting a 110 ohm resistor from 5V to the reset line; see this forum thread for details.

USB Overcurrent Protection

The Arduino Mega has a resettable polyfuse that protects your computer's USB ports from shorts and overcurrent. Although most computers provide their own internal protection, the fuse provides an extra layer of protection. If more than 500 mA is applied to the USB port, the fuse will automatically break the connection until the short or overload is removed.

Physical Characteristics and Shield Compatibility

The maximum length and width of the Mega PCB are 4 and 2.1 inches respectively, with the USB connector and power jack extending beyond the former dimension. Three screw holes allow the board to be attached to a surface or case. Note that the distance between digital pins 7 and 8 is 160 mil (0.16"), not an even multiple of the 100 mil spacing of the other pins.

The Mega is designed to be compatible with most shields designed for the Diecimila or Duemilanove. Digital pins 0 to 13 (and the adjacent AREF and GND pins), analog inputs 0 to 5, the power header, and ICSP header are all in equivalent locations. Further the main UART (serial port) is located on the same pins (0 and 1), as are external interrupts 0 and 1 (pins 2 and 3 respectively). SPI is available through the ICSP header on both the Mega and Duemilanove / Diecimila. Please note that I2C is not located on the same pins on the Mega (20 and 21) as the Duemilanove / Diecimila (analog inputs 4 and 5).

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