Particle Mesh 2G/3G Bundle - Full Starter Kit [AF-4006]

Particle Mesh 2G/3G Bundle - Full Starter Kit

Particle Mesh 2G/3G Bundle - Full Starter Kit [AF-4006]

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Description

The Pololu A-Star 32U4 Prime is a general-purpose programmable board based on the ATmega32U4 AVR microcontroller from Microchip (formerly Atmel) and arranged in the common Arduino form factor exemplified by the Uno R3 and Leonardo. As such, the A-Star Prime (abbreviated A* Prime) is compatible with many Arduino shields, including all of the Arduino shields we carry. All 26 of the microcontroller’s GPIO lines are accessible on the board, including seven than can be used as PWM outputs and twelve that can be used as analog inputs. The ATmega32U4 is capable of native full-speed USB, which makes it more versatile than similar boards that rely on USB-to-serial adapters: in addition to supporting a virtual (CDC) serial/COM port interface, the A-Star can appear to a connected computer as a mouse and keyboard. The A-Star’s USB interface can be accessed through its USB Micro-B connector.

The A* Prime supports the on-board microcontroller with many additional features and improvements over competing products, including enhanced connectivity and superior power management. The Prime is available in two main versions: LV, which features a blue solder mask and a step-up/step-down voltage regulator that allows operation from 2 V to 16 V, and SV, which features a green solder mask and a switching step-down regulator that allows operation from 5 V to 36 V. Each version is available in several different configurations: with or without preinstalled through-hole components like standard Arduino female headers and with or without microSD support. There is also a configuration available for each version with an 8×2 character LCD.

A-Star 32U4 Prime LV (2 V to 16 V) configurations:

  • Item #4005: A-Star 32U4 Prime LV (SMT Components Only) – no microSD support, no preinstalled headers, no LCD
  • Item #4006: A-Star 32U4 Prime LV microSD (SMT Components Only) – microSD support, no preinstalled headers, no LCD
  • Item #4007: A-Star 32U4 Prime LV – no microSD support, preinstalled headers, no LCD
  • Item #4008: A-Star 32U4 Prime LV microSD – microSD support, preinstalled headers, no LCD
  • Item #4009: A-Star 32U4 Prime LV microSD with LCD – microSD support, preinstalled headers, LCD

A-Star 32U4 Prime SV (5 V to 36 V) configurations:

  • Item #3111: A-Star 32U4 Prime SV (SMT Components Only) – no microSD support, no preinstalled headers, no LCD
  • Item #3112: A-Star 32U4 Prime SV microSD (SMT Components Only) – microSD support, no preinstalled headers, no LCD
  • Item #3113: A-Star 32U4 Prime SV – no microSD support, preinstalled headers, no LCD
  • Item #3114: A-Star 32U4 Prime SV microSD – microSD support, preinstalled headers, no LCD
  • Item #3115: A-Star 32U4 Prime SV microSD with LCD – microSD support, preinstalled headers, LCD

We carry an A-Star Prime accessory pack that contains an assortment of parts you might want when assembling the configurations without preinstalled headers (items #4005, #4006, #3111, and #3112).

Our comprehensive user’s guide provides the basics you need to get started with the A-Star as well as detailed technical information for advanced users.

This product requires a USB A to Micro-B cable (not included) to connect to a computer.

Features

  • Programmable ATmega32U4 MCU with 32 KB flash, 2.5 KB SRAM, 1 KB EEPROM, and native full-speed USB (clocked by precision 16 MHz crystal oscillator)
  • Preloaded with Arduino-compatible bootloader (no external programmer required)
  • All 26 general-purpose I/O lines from the ATmega32U4 are broken out (including PB0, PD5, and PE2); 7 of these can be used as hardware PWM outputs and 12 of these can be used as analog inputs
  • Convenient 0.1″-spaced power, ground, and signal connection points
  • Buzzer option for simple sounds and music
  • microSD support (microSD version only)
  • HD44780-based character LCD option
  • 3 user-controllable LEDs
  • 3 user pushbuttons
  • Reset button
  • Power features:
    • Can be powered from USB or from an external source (with several access points for connecting external power)
      • LV operating range: 2 V to 16 V (Note: it requires an input voltage of at least 3 V to start, but it can operate down to 2 V after startup)
      • SV operating range: 5 V to 36 V
    • Switching 5 V regulator enables efficient operation
    • 3.3 V rail supplied by 300 mA linear regulator
    • Power switch for external power inputs
    • Reverse-voltage protection on external power inputs
    • Power selection circuit allows for seamless switching between power sources while providing overcurrent protection and feedback about which power source is selected
  • 6-pin ISP header for use with an external programmer
  • Comprehensive user’s guide

Details for item #4006

This configuration of the A-Star 32U4 Prime LV includes microSD support and does not include any through-hole components. It ships as shown in the picture above, without any headers, a buzzer, or DC power jack. This configuration is intended for those who want to customize the way the board is assembled. We carry an A-Star Prime Accessory Pack that consists of a variety of through-hole components that can be installed on this board, including the parts necessary to make it just like our more assembled configurations (male and female 2×7 LCD headers are part of the accessory pack, but the LCD is sold separately). This is the LV version of the A-Star Prime, which operates from 2 V to 16 V.

This newer version (ac03e) of the A-Star 32U4 Prime LV replaces the original version (ac03b). The new version uses an improved 5 V regulator that can deliver more current and operates from 2 V to 16 V instead of 2.7 V to 11.8 V. The easiest way to distinguish between the two versions is via the silkscreen on the bottom side of the board, above and to the left of the Pololu logo, where the original version is labeled ac03b and the new version is labeled ac03e.

A-Star 32U4 Prime LV 5 V regulator

A major feature of the A* Prime LV is its power system, which allows it to efficiently operate from a 2 V to 16 V external source. The input voltage is regulated to 5 V by a TPS630701 switching step-up/step-down (buck-boost) converter from Texas Instruments. (We also make a standalone regulator based on this integrated circuit.) The regulator’s flexibility in input voltage is especially well-suited for battery-powered applications in which the battery voltage begins above 5 V and drops below 5 V as the battery discharges. Without the typical restriction on the battery voltage staying above 5 V throughout its life, a wider range of battery types can be considered. For example:

  • A 4-cell battery holder, which might have a 6 V output with fresh alkalines or a 4.0 V output with partially discharged NiMH cells, can be used to power this A*.
  • A disposable 9 V battery powering the board can be discharged to under 3 V instead of cutting out at 6 V, as with typical linear or step-down regulators.

Note that the maximum available output current from the 5V pin is 1.9 A, which is limited by the power MUX. To achieve the higher output currents shown in the graphs above, you must connect to the VREG pin to bypass the power MUX and access the regulator directly.

The A-Star’s components, including the microcontroller and LEDs, draw 30 mA to 40 mA in typical applications (without the buzzer, microSD card, or an LCD). The rest of the regulator’s achievable output current, which depends on input voltage as well as ambient conditions, can be used to power other devices. The blue line in the right graph above shows output currents at which the voltage regulator’s over-temperature protection typically kicks in after a few seconds. These currents represent the limit of the regulator’s capability and cannot be sustained for long periods; under typical operating conditions, a safe limit for the maximum continuous regulator output current is 60% to 70% of the values shown in the graph.

Arduino compatibility

The A-Star 32U4 Prime ships with a preloaded Arduino-compatible bootloader (which uses 4 KB of flash memory, leaving 28 KB available for the user program). We provide a software add-on that enables the board to be easily programmed from the Arduino environment and an Arduino library to make it easy to use the additional on-board hardware. The A-Star 32U4 has the same microcontroller and form factor as the Arduino Leonardo, and it runs at the same frequency, so we generally expect it to work with shields that are compatible with the Leonardo and similar boards. Note that the Prime has additional components and connection points, so you should make sure these do not physically interfere with any shield you are considering using. 

The A-Star family

The A-Star 32U4 Micro is a part of our larger A-Star family, all of whose members are based on AVR microcontrollers and are preloaded with Arduino-compatible bootloaders. The table below shows some key features and specifications of our A-Star microcontroller boards to help you choose the right one for your application.

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