Arduino Mega 2560

Arduino Mega 2560
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This product has been discontinued.

This Arduino has been replaced by the Arduino Mega 2560 R3.

The Arduino Mega 2560, the successor to the Arduino Mega, is a microcontroller board based on a ATmega2560 AVR microcontroller. It has 70 digital input/output pins (of which 14 can be used as PWM outputs and 16 can be used as analog inputs), a 16 MHz resonator, a USB connection, a power jack, an in-circuit system programming (ICSP) header, and a reset button. The Arduino has an extensive support community, which makes it a very easy way to get started working with embedded electronics.

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Note: This product has been replaced by the newer Arduino Mega 2560 R3.

Overview

The Arduino Mega 2560, the successor to the Arduino Mega, is a microcontroller board based on a ATmega2560 AVR microcontroller. It has 70 digital input/output pins (of which 14 can be used as PWM outputs and 16 can be used as analog inputs), a 16 MHz resonator, a USB connection, a power jack, an in-circuit system programming (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 2560 differs from the preceding Mega in that it does not use the FTDI USB-to-serial driver chip. Instead, it features the Atmega8U2 programmed as a USB-to-serial converter. This auxiliary microcontroller has its own USB bootloader, which allows advanced users to reprogram it.

The Arduino has a large support community and an extensive set of support libraries and hardware add-on “shields” (e.g. you can easily make your Arduino wireless with our Wixel shield), making it a great introductory platform for embedded electronics.

Summary

  • Microcontroller: ATmega2560
  • Operating voltage: 5 V
  • Input voltage (recommended): 7-12 V
  • Digital I/O pins: 70 (of which 14 provide PWM output)
  • Analog input pins: 16*
  • DC current per I/O pin: 40 mA
  • DC current for 3.3V pin: 50 mA
  • Flash memory: 256 KB of which 8 KB used by bootloader
  • SRAM: 8 KB
  • EEPROM: 4 KB
  • Clock speed: 16 MHz

*The Arduino Mega 2560 has 70 total available I/O lines; all of them can function as digital I/O lines, and sixteen of them can be used as analog inputs.

More information about the Arduino Mega 2560 is available on Arduino’s website.

Note: The Arduino Mega 2560 does not include a USB cable, batteries, or a DC power adapter. No external programmer is required.