Bootloading 1,000 Atmel Atmega328P-PU chips

We knew that Atmel’s Atmega328P-PU chips were popular, but bootloading 1,000 of them? Yet that is what exactly what Annika “Skywalker” O’Brien did just a few days ago, as you can see in the picture below.

And you know what? There are 1,000 more in the box!

So why would anyone be bootloading 2,000+ Atmel Atmega328P-PU chips? Well, perhaps it has to do with Annika’s recently funded Kickstarter project, namely building an ultra-low cost development platform for micro-robotics which can be easily assembled with through-hole components and a soldering iron.

Specifically, the board features 6 easily accessible ADC ports for analog input, a single digital port for digital inputs, LED access for visual feedback of data throughput and power.


And last, but certainly not least, a socket for Atmel’s Atmega328 compatible with Arduino IDE. As Annika notes, the microprocessor can be easily swapped out with others for field upgrades or if the chip gets fried.

Annika’s Kickstarter project successfully met its Kickstarter goals back in March, raising a cool $24, 553 from 709 backers. Additional information about the initiative can be found here.

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