Frequently Asked Questions
We are huge supporters of the Arduino platform and other open source derivatives of the Arduino, including being backers of the very popular Teensy and Digispark projects that were recently on Kickstarter.
A number of these are great for very simple projects, like the Digispark, which gives you a few I/O and up to 6KB of program space to use. But for a number of projects, this isn't enough, which is why we targeted complete Arduino Uno compatibility.
There are several major differences between the TinyDuino and the other similar boards out there:
- The TinyDuino includes the exact same processor (ATmega328P) as the Arduino Uno, which gives you up to 31.5KB of program space to use for your programs, and allows programs written for the standard Arduino to basically be used as is.
- The TinyDuino supports all of the shield signals that are supported by the standard Arduino.
- Smaller form factor than the Teensy and Digispark, plus any added shields are only 3mm apart, so the overall project with expansion shields is very compact
- Mounting options - The TinyDuino has four mounting holes, and mounting hardware (screws, board standoffs, nuts) are available to securely mount the board to you projects and keep the shields securely in place.
- Low power applications - when used with the coin cell option and 32kHz, the TinyDuino is extremely well suited for very low power projects, such as wireless sensor projects and long term data loggers.Last updated:
Not at all! These boards are entirely designed to both be tiny, yet extremely easy to embed into your projects. For the TinyDuino, there are several different very low cost prototyping TinyShields that break out the Arduino Shield signals to very easy to solder to points. These proto shields use the exact same pin spacing (0.100") as on the standard Arduino Uno, and it's just as easy to hook up a TinyDuino to your project as it is to a standard Arduino.
For the TinyLily boards, all of these have large sewtabs that are easy to use with conductive thread or to solder to standard wires.Last updated:
Yes! After you pledge, you will receive a link to a personal backer page at Tiny-Circuits.com that will allow you to add additional items to your order, including any combination of boards and additional boards that were made available when the project met stretch goals.Last updated:
Yes - there is an option for a 32kHz, 8MHz (default) or a 16MHz clock source for the main TinyDuino. If you need a clock source different than the 8MHz, please specifiy this on your personal backer page in the notes section.
However if you do specify 16MHz, you need to have a supply voltage of at least 4.4Volts, so you will not be able to use the coin cell. If you want to use the coin cell, we recommend sticking with the standard 8MHz.Last updated:
As of 10/3/12, we have sent out links to the first 200 backers, and are processing about 100 new backer page links everyday. We expect to be caught up by Sun Oct 7th. If you have not received a link, please message Ken and we'll be sure to get you one. If you pledge after that point, you should receive a link within a day of making your pledge.Last updated:
We agree! And we can't wait to add more TinyShields to help expand what your projects can do. We've had great support so far with this Kickstarter campaign, and have rolled out several new TinyShields as stretch goals. We also have a long list of TinyShields that will be developed in the near future after the Kickstarter campaign is over.
If you have a great idea for a new TinyShield, please post it to the comments section here or on the forum at Tiny-Circuits.com.Last updated:
The default shipping method for international will be US Postal Service, First Class mail. If you require a different shipping method, please mention it in the notes section of your personal backer page and this may require additional fees.
Please note that pledges that will be shipped to Canada need to add $5 to your pledge, and any other country outside of the US and Canada needs to add $10 to your pledge.Last updated:
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