3.3 Explanation of Arduino UNO
1. Arduino/Genuino Uno is a microcontroller board based on the ATmega328P.
2. It has 14 digital input/output pins (of which 6 can be used as PWM outputs), 6 analog inputs, a 16 MHz quartz crystal, a USB connection, a power jack, an ICSP header and a reset button.
Power USB connector
Arduino board can be powered by using the USB cable from your computer. All you need to do is connect the USB cable to the USB connection (1).
Arduino boards can be powered directly from the AC mains power supply by connecting it to the Barrel Jack (2).
The function of the voltage regulator is to control the voltage given to the Arduino board and stabilize the DC voltages used by the processor and other elements.
The crystal oscillator helps Arduino in dealing with time issues. How does Arduino calculate time? The answer is, by using the crystal oscillator. The number printed on top of the Arduino crystal is 16.000H9H. It tells us that the frequency is 16,000,000 Hertz or 16 MHz.
You can reset your Arduino board, i.e., start your program from the beginning. You can reset the UNO board in two ways. First, by using the reset button (17) on the board. Second, you can connect an external reset button to the Arduino pin labelled RESET (5).
Power Pins (3.3, 5, GND, Vin)
The Arduino UNO board has six analog input pins A0 through A5. These pins can read the signal from an analog sensor like the humidity sensor or temperature sensor and convert it into a digital value that can be read by the microprocessor.
Each Arduino board has its own microcontroller . You can assume it as the brain of your board. The main IC (integrated circuit) on the Arduino is slightly different from board to board. The microcontrollers are usually of the ATMEL Company. You must know what IC your board has before loading up a new program from the Arduino IDE. This information is available on the top of the IC. For more details about the IC construction and functions, you can refer to the data sheet.
Power LED indicator
This LED should light up when you plug your Arduino into a power source to indicate that your board is powered up correctly. If this light does not turn on, then there is something wrong with the connection.
TX and RX LEDs
On your board, you will find two labels: TX (transmit) and RX (receive). They appear in two places on the Arduino UNO board. First, at the digital pins 0 and 1, to indicate the pins responsible for serial communication. Second, the TX and RX led (13). The TX led flashes with different speed while sending the serial data. The speed of flashing depends on the baud rate used by the board. RX flashes during the receiving process.
The Arduino UNO board has 14 digital I/O pins (15) (of which 6 provide PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) output. These pins can be configured to work as input digital pins to read logic values (0 or 1) or as digital output pins to drive different modules like LEDs, relays, etc. The pins labeled “~” can be used to generate PWM.
Vin, 3.3V, 5V, GND
Vin: Input voltage to Arduino when using an external power source.
5V: Regulated power supply used to power microcontroller and other components on the board.
3.3V: 3.3V supply generated by on-board voltage regulator. Maximum current draw is 50mA.
GND: ground pins.
Resets the microcontroller.
A0 – A5
Used to provide analog input in the range of 0-5V
Digital Pins 0 – 13
Can be used as input or output pins.
Used to receive and transmit TTL serial data.
To trigger an interrupt.
3, 5, 6, 9, 11
Provides 8-bit PWM output.
To turn on the inbuilt LED.