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salsaman

Ah, thank you daradude!  I corrected the spreadsheet and chart.  I misread the descriptions when putting the list together; thought there was a built-in port expander but just reread the info and looked through the schematics-- the pins are all native ATmega645 pins!

@westw:  Thanks, good suggestion about adding PCBs.  I was really just trying to find all available variants and their features, though-- would rather spend time coding than revising the spreadsheet ;)
My Arduino blog: http://jmsarduino.blogspot.com
Comprehensive (?) Arduino-compatible board list: http://tinyurl.com/allarduinos

darudude

salsaman: you have an erron in your list. illuminato doesn't use an expander. it infact saves the user from using an expander

westfw

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It grew to 41 in a more detailed spreadsheet for comparing criteria

That's pretty nice.   You might want to include the versions that are available as "bare board" (PCB only, no other parts) separately (twice, if they're available as kits and bare boards.)

tuxedodiplomat

Thank you all for your advice. General consensus seems to be the Duemilanove, which is convenient since my local (Singapore) retailer stocks it.

jerrya.net

For starting out, get whatever is the official standard model, which currently is the Duemilanove. By the time you finish developing your project, you'll have learned about why you need the features offered or eliminated by the different variants, and which one to use for putting it into permanent use. Usually you can put a cheaper variant into production, because some of the more useful development features (USB perhaps) may not be needed.

For example, I started out with the Diecemila, and still use it for my main Arduino when I'm working on a project. One of my projects is being permanently installed in a RBBB, while another is going on a MaxSerial Freeduino.

But I'd still start out with a standard model because you'll get the best help from others here. Kind of like learning to walk before you try to run.  :)

I also started out with the tutorials here:
http://www.ladyada.net/learn/arduino/

In fact, once I found those tutes, I saw how easy it was to get started on Arduino that I bought one of those starter kits.
- Jerry Adlersfluegel

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