I’ve been contemplating building my own low power battery operated Arduino from parts. I was wondering if modifying an Arduino Mini Pro would give you better or worst performance than building your own?
I looked at this tutorial on how to modify a mini pro to reduce power:
Basically, the tutorial suggested:
- Cut power to the power LED
- Cut power to 5V regulator
Once that’s done, will the Arduino Mini Pro be as efficient as making your own Arduino? A barebones Arduino would look like this:
ATMEGA328P-Pu, oscillator, two caps for oscillator,
There’s all kinds of surface mount components on the Mini Pro that I don’t know about. Wondering if those waste energy. But then again, does the form factor of the CPU matter? Maybe a dip size ATMEGA328P-PU isn’t as efficient as a SMD version of the same chip?
Assume the bare bones and Mini Pro run at the same clock speed.