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Description: Replacement:RTL-10546. The new version of this kit is easier than ever for the beginning solderer! This page is for reference only.
This is the same product as our Simon PTH Kit. The difference is this version comes in fancy clamshell packaging meant for our distributors that need it. Regular customers are welcome to order, but we want to limit the amount of extra packaging finding its way into the trash heap.
This is a through-hole version of our popular surface mount Simon kit. This newer version comes with an ATmega328 instead of the ATmega168. All components are through-hole, making this kit great for beginners. When building this kit, you’ll have a chance to solder a 28-pin microprocessor, LEDs, battery clips and more.
Note: This ATmega328 comes pre-programmed with the Simon code as well as the STK500 serial bootloader. This serial bootloader will allow you to re-program the Simon game using the Arduino development environment. There is not direct support under the Arduino IDE but the ‘Lilypad Arduino w/ ATmega168’ should allow you to reprogram the board using Arduino. You can also use a standard text editor and WinAVR. The serial port on this board requires a male header and FTDI Basic board, not included, but related below.
After you have successfully assembled the kit, you will have a greater knowledge of through-hole soldering and the tools, techniques, and terminology required to populate your own PCB prototype. You will have a development platform with 5 outputs (LEDs and buzzer), 5 inputs (buttons), and serial for debugging. And, of course, you’ll have your very own Simon game!
Checkout the assembly instructions - we’re pretty proud of them. The kit even includes batteries! Assembly time varies, but for a true beginner with no soldering experience, the kit can take 20-40 minutes to assemble.
This product makes for a great gift too! For more gift ideas check out the SparkFun Gift Guide!
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