Monday, January 18, 2010

Project #1 - input voltage

It seems that sometimes your experience in some subject is your worst enemy. I started drawing my schematic, and because ARM microcontrollers need +3.3V input voltage I automatically assumed that AVR need it too. So I put inside LM1117 voltage regulator and other unnecessary components. Today my colleague told me, that AVR works fine with +5V. I scrapped 50% of the schematic and started again.

Immediately I discovered that +5V circuits are cheaper than +3.3V (for example when you compare MAX232 and MAX3232). Later I found also that AVR may work faster on +5V - 16MHz. On +3.3V it may work with 8MHz only. Not that I need 16MHz anyway for my PRT (Programmable Room Thermostat).

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