Seeeduino Lotus

Introduction

Seeeduino Lotus is an ATMEGA328 Microcontroller development board. It is a combination of Seeeduino and Base Shield. It uses an Atmel ATMEGA328P-MU and CH340. ATMEGA328P-MU is a high performance, low power AVR 8-Bit Microcontroller. CH340 is a USB bus converter chip that can realize a USB to serial interface. Seeeduino Lotus has 14 digital input/outputs (6 of which can output PWM) and 7 analog input/outputs, a micro USB connection, an ICSP header, 12 Grove connections, a reset button.

Application Ideas

  • DIY
  • IoT and Smart Home
  • Robot
  • Learning
  • Toy

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Feature

  • Fully compatible with Arduino UNO
  • ATmega328 microcontroller
  • 12 on-board Grove connectors
  • 14 Digital I/O Pins (6 PWM outputs)
  • 6 Analog Inputs
  • ISP Header
  • Arduino UNO-R3 Shield Compatible
  • Micro USB programming and power supply
  • 5V Operating Voltage

Specification

Item Value
Microcontroller ATmega328P-MU
Operating Voltage 5V
Digital I/O Pins 14
PWM Channels 6
Analog Input Channels 7
DC Current per I/O Pin 40 mA
Flash Memory 32 KB
RAM 2 KB
EEPROM 1 KB
Clock Speed 16 MHz

Hardware Overview

The images below show an overview of Seeeduino Lotus hardware features. The pin-out and alternate functions of various pins of Seeeduino Lotus are shown in the pin-out diagram. This could be used as a quick reference.

  • LED-D13 An LED is connected to D13 pin of the board. This can be used as an on-board LED indicator for programs/sketches.
  • USB Input USB Port is used to connect the board to your PC for programming and for powering up. Micro USB is the ubiquitous version of USB, found in most Android phones, and other devices. You probably have dozens of these cables laying around your house.
  • Reset This button is conveniently placed on the side to allow you to reset the Seeeduino board even when a shield is placed on top. This is not the case in other Arduino boards where the button is placed on top making it hard to access.
  • Power Pins & Analog Pins Just like the extra Digital header pads, these extra connections are something we have personally come to realize people need in their projects, especially the power connections if you want to power more than one sensor/device without the use of a breadboard.
  • Grove Connectors SeeedStudio has a variety of sensors/devices that can make use of this Analog, Digital,I2C and UART connection. In addition, we sell independent Grove connectors to help you make our own sensor connections.
  • ICSP This is the ICSP connection for the ATmega328P, it is located in the standard ICSP/SPI position for Arduino Uno, Due, Mega, and Leonardo compatible hardware (e.g. shields) that may use this connector. The SPI pins in this port: MISO, SCK, and MOSI, are also connected to digital pins 12, 13, and 11 respectively just like those of the Arduino Uno.
  • USB 2 Uart Pinout of USB-2-Uart. These pads can be used to interact with other UART devices by putting the on-board ATmega328 in reset mode. This makes Seeeduino Lotus to be used a USB2UART utility board.

Warning

Take gentle care in handling micro USB socket, or you might break the socket off.

Install the Driver

First of all, you need to:

  • Get a Micro-USB cable You need a Micro-USB cable first; the data cable of an Android Phone will do fine. If you can’t find one, you can buy one here.

  • Connect the board Connect the Arduino board to your computer using the USB cable. The green power LED (labelled PWR) should go on.

For Windows

Note

This drive is available for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10.

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  • Plug in your board and wait for Windows to begin its driver installation process. After a few moments, the process will fail, despite best efforts.
  • Click on the Start Menu, and open up the Control Panel.
  • While in the Control Panel, navigate to System and Security. Next, click on System. Once the System window is up, open the Device Manager.
  • Look under Ports (COM & LPT). You should find an open port named “Seeeduino Lotus”. If there is no COM & LPT section, look under “Other Devices” for “Unknown Device”.
  • Right click on the “Seeeduino Lotus” port and choose the “Update Driver Software” option.
  • Next, choose the “Browse my computer for Driver software” option.
  • Finally, navigate to and select the driver file named “Seeeduino Lotus.inf”
  • Windows will finish up the driver installation from there.

For Mac OSX

You don’t need to install any drivers.

Getting Started

Note

This part is based on Arduino 1.6.9 under Windows 10.

First of all, you need to Install an Arduino Software.

Launch the Arduino application

Double-click the Arduino application (arduino.exe) you have previously downloaded.

Note

If the Arduino Software loads in a different language, you can change it in the preferences dialog. See the Arduino Software (IDE) page for details.

Open the LED blink example sketch: File > Examples >01.Basics > Blink.

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Add Seeeduino to your Arduino IDE

Click on File > Preference, and fill Additional Boards Manager URLs with below url: https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Seeed-Studio/Seeeduino-Boards/master/package_seeeduino_index.json

Click OK to finish the setting. Then Click on Tools > Board > Boards Manager, find Seeeduino by Seeed Studio, and Install it.

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Select your board

You’ll need to select the entry in the Tools > Board menu that corresponds to your Arduino. Selecting a Seeeduino Lotus.

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Select your serial port

Select the serial device of the Arduino board from the Tools | Serial Port menu. This is likely to be COM3 or higher (COM1 and COM2 are usually reserved for hardware serial ports). To find out, you can disconnect your Arduino board and re-open the menu; the entry that disappears should be the Arduino board. Reconnect the board and select that serial port.

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Note

On the Mac, this should be something with /dev/tty.USBmodem.

Upload the program

Now, simply click the “Upload” button in the environment. Wait a few seconds and if the upload is successful, the message “Done uploading.” will appear in the status bar.

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A few seconds after the upload finishes, you should see the pin 13 (L) LED on the board start to blink (in orange). If it does, congratulations! You’ve gotten Arduino up-and-running. If you have problems, please see the troubleshooting suggestions.

Getting Started on Linux

For using on Linux, please go to Installing Arduino on Linux

Resources

FAQ

Q1. What’s the different between Arduino UNO and Seeeduino Lotus

Seeeduino Lotus is fully compatible with Arduino UNO. And Seeeduino Lotus has 12 Grove connectors, which makes it convenient to create your demo with Seeed Studio Grove Modules. What’s more, Seeeduino Lotus uses a micro USB to power and program.

Q2. I can’t upload my sketch to Seeeduino Lotus

Please check,

  • If the Power LED on
  • If you choose the right Port and Board (Seeeduino Lotus)
  • Close and reopen Arduino IDE and try again

Q3. Where can I find technical support if I have some other issue.

You can post a question to Seeed Forum or send an email to techsupport@seeed.cc.

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