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Arduino Pro and Pro Mini

David MellisAugust 23rd, 2008
Arduino Pro and Arduino Pro Mini

We’re very pleased to announce the launch of the Arduino Pro and Arduino Pro Mini, designed and manufactured by SparkFun Electronics (see their announcement). They are low-cost, low-profile boards intended for advanced users and for convenient embedding in long-term projects. Both work with an off-board USB convertor (either the FTDI TTL-232R-3V3 USB or the SparkFun FTDI Basic Breakout. The boards come without headers, allowing users to select and attach the ones appropriate for their use. If you solder on female headers, you can use standard shields with the Pro. Unlike other Arduino boards, these work at 3.3V, so be careful when attaching external components.

Both boards are available for purchase from SparkFun, the Pro for $20 and the Pro Mini for $19. It’s been great to continue working with SparkFun, who also design and produce the LilyPad Arduino with Leah Buechley. The LilyPad has been a great success, and we hope the Pro and Pro Mini will be too.

BTW, if you’ve got an idea for a new Arduino product, please see this document and email us at We’re always looking for new collaborations.