Development Kit Review Form Name: sir_grimwood Company: Kit Being Duemilanove Atmel Atmega 328 Date: 25/06/11 Reviewed: MCU board Please rate the kits being reviewed on a scale of 1- 5. 1 – Very Poor, 2- Poor, 3- Satisfactory, 4 – Good, 5- Excellent. Out of the Box Experience Was the development kit easy to use straight out of the box? Rating Further Comments: The Arduino PCB was simply packaged in an anti-static bag with no supporting documentation except a website address and IO identification printed on the PCB. Despite this it was clear how to connect to a PC via the USB connection (we all have a cable already, surely?). The website address gave simple access to documentation that 5 was easy to follow. To download and operate the simple compiler was a breeze and my first example application was up and running in minutes after downloading. I liked the provision of sockets rather than headers for connection of external components - it avoided the need for soldering when getting started and would therefore be great for beginners. Did the development kit contain adequate instructions and documentation? Rating Further Comments: Despite initial surprise that no paperwork or CD was provided it proved 3 to be no problem in practice. Functionality Did the kit meet your expectations in terms of functionality? Rating Further Comments: The design of the Duemilanove using the Atmega 328 gives rapid code development and use of all processor feartures. My trial application was 5 to over-sample the ADC to give higher resolution and read the resultant value on an attached notebook PC. This was a breeze. Software Tools Review How easy was it to install the software development tools? Rating Further Comments: 5 The download and installation was quick and easy. How easy was it to use the software development tools for the first time? Rating Further Comments: The development environment is very simple and won't satisfy seasoned 5 programmers but would suit anybody starting out with ATmega controllers. How Good was the support documentation included with the tools? Rating Further Comments: The help documentation worked well for me - though I had few 4 problems. Overall Review Overall how would you rate this development kit? Rating Further Comments: Please comment on your overall impression and experience of using this kit. Very simple to use but no built in test interfaces to demonstrate the processor capabilities. It is therefore not a true manufacturers 4 development kit. Instead it is an excellent component to use for rapid product development. It will also be of use in teaching embedded programming. I will be using it. Please tick this box if you do not wish this review to be used on the RS websites.
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