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Piksey Atto: An incredibly tiny, Arduino compatible board with USB!

The Piksey Atto from BitsNBlobs Electronics is a particularly compact developer board, which according to the manufacturer is compatible with the extremely popular Arduino system. Piksey Atto is cost-effective. Specially, This tiny USB dev. board is designed for makers. It can be soldered onto PCBs, used with a breadboard or by itself.

Atto is a unit prefix in the metric system denoting a factor of 10−18, so it’s unsurprising that at least one company, namely Nionics, made a small Arduino compatible board called Atto. But somebody must have forgotten to do a web search, as BitsNBlobs Electronics created their own tiny Arduino compatible board, also named “(Piksey) Atto“, and based on the same Microchip ATmega32U4 8-bit AVR MCU. But there are some important differences as we’ll see in this article.

Piksey Atto is about twice the size and weight of Nionics Atto, lacks LEDs, and a reset button, but offers breadboard compatibility and castellated holes that make it easier to solder to your own baseboard or a protoboard.

Piksey Atto specifications:

  • Core: ATmega32U4 microcontroller running at 16MHz
  • Memory: 32KB Flash, 2.5KB SRAM, 1KB EEPROM
  • Digital I/O: 11
  • Analog Input: 4
  • PWM Channels: 4 (+ more with software)
  • Communication: USART/SPI/I2C (TWI)
  • Operating Voltage: 5V
  • Dimensions:  0.5″x0.8″ (12.70mmx20.32mm)
  • Weight: 1.3g (0.04oz)
  • Software: Works out of the box with the Arduino IDE 1.0+ (Win/OSX/Linux)

piksey atto

The company also provides demo projects for the board. According to the manufacturer, the Atto is compatible with Arduino IDE 1.0+ upon delivery, which means that the tried and tested tools can be used. The lean board is currently being financed as part of a crowdfunding campaign, and delivery is scheduled for May.


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Harshvardhan Mishra

Hi, I'm Harshvardhan Mishra. Tech enthusiast and IT professional with a B.Tech in IT, PG Diploma in IoT from CDAC, and 6 years of industry experience. Founder of HVM Smart Solutions, blending technology for real-world solutions. As a passionate technical author, I simplify complex concepts for diverse audiences. Let's connect and explore the tech world together! If you want to help support me on my journey, consider sharing my articles, or Buy me a Coffee! Thank you for reading my blog! Happy learning! Linkedin

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