EZboard is an Atmel-based platform designed to facilitate home automation projects for Makers and developers. Powered by Atmel’s versatile ATmega328P microcontroller (MCU), the board is equipped with an onboard Ethernet controller, microSD card socket, temperature sensor and power relay.
“Everything on the EZboard has been designed to minimize power consumption. For this reason Atmel’s ATmega328P is configured to work a 3.3V and 8MHz of speed. While this [may] sound like a limit, we have verified that it is more than enough for home automation applications,” an EZboard rep explained in a recent Indiegogo post.
“The power source could be a microUSB adapter, but the EZboard was designed to receive power mostly by batteries. [Indeed], the EZboard has a dedicated input that uses 0.1″ pitch connectors like the common JST or even direct soldering of a battery pack to the board.”
Aside from Atmel’s ATmega328P MCU, key technical specs include:
- Operating Voltage: 3.3V (5V tolerant on I/Os)
- Input Voltage: 3.7 – 9V
- Digital I/O Pins: 14 (of which 6 provide PWM output)
- Analog Input Pins: 8 (of which 2 are used from onboard sensors)
- Flash Memory: 32 KB – SRAM: 2 KB, – EEPROM: 1 KB
- Additional Memory: microSD (TF) socket
- Clock Speed: 8MHz
- USB Controller: FTDI FT232RL
- Ethernet Controller: MIcrochip ENC28J60
- Max Ethernet Speed: 10Mbps
- Temperature sensor: TMP36
- Relay Rating: 1A at 30VDC or 2A at 110/250VAC
- Footprint: compatible with the Atmel-powered Arduino UNO R3
On the software side, the EZcontrol.IT is optimized for the cloud-based Lelylan, a simple and open API designed for building a connected IoT home.
“[Lelylan allows] Makers to focus on the hardware and design process, while developers can create new apps for the web and mobile,” the rep added.
“You [can] interact with lights, appliances, alarms, cooling and heating systems, gas sensors, rolling shutters, windows, irrigation, video surveillance, gates and multimedia (audio and video).”
Interested in learning more about the Atmel-based EZcontrol.IT? You can check out the board’s official Indiegogo page here.