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Description: At SparkFun we use many Arduinos and we’re always looking for the simplest, most stable one. Each board is a bit different and no one board has everything we want, so we decided to make our own version that combines all our favorite features. The SparkFun RedBoard combines the simplicity of the UNO’s Optiboot bootloader (which is used in the Pro series), the stability of the FTDI (which we all missed after the Duemilanove was discontinued) and the R3 shield compatibility of the latest Arduino UNO R3.

The RedBoard can be programmed over a USB Mini-B cable using the Arduino IDE: Just plug in the board, select “Arduino UNO” from the board menu and you’re ready to upload code. RedBoard has all of the hardware peripherals you know and love: 14 Digital I/O pins with 6 PWM pins, 6 Analog Inputs, UART, SPI and external interrupts. We’ve also broken out the SDA, SCL and IOREF pins that showed up on the UNO R3, so the RedBoard will be compatible with future shields. This version adds an SMD ISP header for use with shields.

You can power the RedBoard over USB or through the barrel jack. The on-board power regulator can handle anything from 7 to 15VDC. Check out the related items below for a compatible wall-wart power supply.

Not sure which Arduino or Arduino-compatible board is right for you? Check out our Arduino Buying Guide!

Features:

  • ATmega328 microcontroller with Optiboot (UNO) Bootloader
  • USB Programming Facilitated by the Ubiquitous FTDI FT231X
  • Input voltage - 7-15V
  • 0-5V outputs with 3.3V compatible inputs
  • 14 Digital I/O Pins (6 PWM outputs)
  • 6 Analog Inputs
  • ISP Header
  • 32k Flash Memory
  • 16MHz Clock Speed
  • All SMD Construction
  • R3 Shield Compatible
  • Red PCB!

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Customer Comments

  • Does it come with a usb connector? Can’t tell from the description…

  • Great but : Please add a usb C port !!!!

  • I presume this is different… different product code… from device of same name in list at https://www.sparkfun.com/arduino_guide. Device there shown as retired. I didn’t see this there, so didn’t realise there were two, was confused. Took a while to notice the different product codes.

    • Noticed by me also. This incarnation DEV-13975 of the RedBoard does not appear to be included in the table of boards listed in Sparkfun’s Arduino Buying Guide linked sparkfun.com/arduino_guide at the end of this product description, even though the older RedBoard DEV-12757 is listed at the very top of that table as retired.

  • Since the input voltage is 7-15V does this mean it cannot be powered from the USB cable (5v) alone?

    • You can power the board from USB through the USB socket. The 7-15 volt limitation is only if you use the barrel jack that’s to the right of the USB socket.

  • I am looking for an “UNO” compatible solution that will operate at 3.3v. Is there a 3.3v “UNO” compatible solution?

    I am typically talking to LCD modules that have many bi-directional lines, so 3.3v to 5v conversion chips are numerous and messy.

    • That depends on what part of the Uno needs to be compatible. The Arduino Pro and Pro Mini use a different bootloader so they are not considered Uno compatible (and have slightly different hardware). But both boards use the ATMega328 and so should be compatible. There will always be a few differences including ATMega328s not being able to run at 16MHz at 3.3V (and still be in spec).

  • Any important differences we should know about, compared to https://www.sparkfun.com/products/12757 ? I didn’t spot any looking at the two versions of the schematic. Literally the only substantive difference I spotted was a change in the value of R2 (current limiter for power LED LED2) from 1k to 4.7k.

    • Is that the resistor to the green LED? if so I’m glad since it was really bright.

    • The only other thing I can think of was that we removed the 3.3V line from the FTDI chip. When people were powering the board over anything other than USB there was enough power running to the chip that it affected the RX and TX lines. Now if the board is not powered over USB the FTDI chip gets absolutely no power. All in all the changes were all similarly small.

Customer Reviews

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Great but...

Wish it had a micro-b USB connector instead of mini-b.

Works Great!

I used this to replace my Arduino Uno and it works perfectly!

Love this ❤️

It’s great and made in the USA. Got this for a good discount during the arduino day sale. It still was twice as much as a cheap eBay clone, but it’s four times as reliable. Sparkfun is a company I would highly recommend. Good customer service and friendly staff.

Great arduino boards!

This boards are very reliable, have a great price and great support :D

Support Tips

Permission issues installing drivers

If you need to set up FTDI based boards in a lab environment where users don’t have permission to install drivers, an administrator can install the driver once, and then make the computer skip installing drivers for every new FTDI device by making a registry change. This solution can sometimes fix this specific problem.

See this page on the FTDI website for directions how.


Enclosure Compatibility Issues

The SparkFun RedBoard is slightly bigger than the Arduino Uno. Therefore, certain Arduino Uno enclosures will not work with the Redboard due to the narrow tolerances they have. Also, the LEDs are positioned in a different location on the board compared to the Arduino Uno so certain features of some enclosures will not work.

We have found that these Arduino Uno Enclsoures: clear and black ] are not compatible with the RedBoard. The tolerance was too small for the Redboard to fit. We have found that this Arduino Project Enclosure is compatible with the RedBoard.