A well designed development board is always essential for smooth development/experimentation
with microcontrollers. Every hobbyist must have some kind of development setup.
Some people use breadboard while others use veroboard to fabricate their development
system. Many also use ready made off the self development board. Development
is not very easy if you use only bread boards or veroboard. If you use bread
board, after few days of use the wire will become loose or come out of hole.
While making large circuit in a veroboard is a tedious job.

To solve these problem I decided to make a low cost development board that
has the following features.

So if you use this board, its lots easier. The basic circuit for MCU (like
power supply,reset,ISP,serial port etc) are already done on a high quality PCB
and some space is left for you to add other project specific components. You
can also design other part of your project in bread
. But this time your bread board will be lot cleaner as major tested
circuit is on the development board. The development board has all PORT pins
on female headers. You can connect to these using standard single strand hookup

To make this ease of development available to all I am selling the bare PCBs
so that you don’t even have to fabricate it on your own. The PCB is of very
high quality with clear silkscreen layer(the top white labeling layer) and tin
plated copper layer. In this article I will show you how you can assemble the
PCB on your own.

Lets Get Started.

Always solder the low height components first. So we will solder the jumper
wires first. Their are eight jumper wires labeled jump1 to jump8. Use any conductive
wire to make the jumpers.

making atmel avr development board circuit

Fig.: Solder Jumper Wires

After that solder 3 resistors

  1. R2 = 330 ohms
  2. R3 = 330 ohms
  3. R1 =4.7K
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Fig.: Resistors


Fig.: Resistors

Solder Inductor and Diode

  • D2 = 1N4007
  • L1 = 10uH

Fig.: Inductor and Diode.


Continue by soldering the 5 ceramic disk capacitor.

  • C1,C2 = 22pF
  • C6,C7,C5 = 0.1 uF

Fig.: Ceramic Capacitors.

Now Mount the 2 IC Sockets

Fig.: Mount IC Sockets

Fig.: Push Buttons

After soldering the IC socket, solder the DC Jack, Power Switch,LEDs, Push
Buttons, FRC Box Header and DB9

Fig.: Various Components

Break the female headers in group of eight and solder them in 4 PORTs (A,B,C,D)

Fig.: A 40 PIN Swiss Machined PIN Female Header.


Fig.: Female Headers for MCU Ports.

Now add 3 NOS 2 PIN Male Headers.

Fig.: Install Male Headers

Now you’re done ! Time for some safety testing.

Fig.: Completed

First Power up the board using a 12v 500ma adaptor

Fig.: Power Up

Take a digital multi meter and check voltage output on extra 5v pins. It must
be close to 5v.



Also test the power supplied to the MCU. Test Voltage levels between the following

  • PIN 10 and 11
  • PIN 30 and 31

They must also be close to 5v.


If all test are positive your development system is ready to rock! In the next
part I will show you how to download the test program to the board to verify
that everything is working perfectly. Till then good bye.

You can buy
a fully assembled and tested AVR Development board from our shop
This board is 100% compatible with our USB
AVR Programmer V2.0 hardware
and eXtreme
Burner – AVR software

If you need this PCB in bulk for your college workshops we can give heavy discounts!
Please call 0657-2442613.