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4. Arduino > Touring an Arduino Board

Touring an Arduino Board

Now that you know how to install the Arduino IDE and drivers, you can move on to looking at the boards themselves. Since the Uno is the easiest and most straightforward of the boards, we’ll contrast that one with some of the other Arduino controllers so you understand not only what the Uno is, but what makes it unique.

The Controller

So, what is this controller? Really, it’s just the same thing as your average computer, minus the hard drive and a few other things you might be used to having. The core elements are there, however. Input/Output (I/O) is done through pins and the USB port, the processor is there, and there is a small amount of random access memory (RAM) that acts much the same as RAM in a larger computer. Of course, all of these things are on a far smaller scale than a laptop or desktop computer, which means that the engineering is quite different in some respects, and there are many different issues that you need to consider with a microcontroller that you would not need to consider with a normal ....


  

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