The Arduino Mega 2560

The Arduino will be the primary microcontroller platform that I will use for my electronics projects. The Arduino is an excellent platform with different boards and Atmel microcontrollers to suit most hobby needs. My personal board of choice is the Arduino Mega2560 and my posts will focus on that board but should in most cases be compatible with other Arduino boards as well.

  • Based on ATmega2560
  • 54 digital input/output pins incl 15 PWM outputs
  • 16 analog inputs
  • 4 Hardware serial ports (UARTs)
  • 16 Mhz Crystal Oscillator
  • USB connection and power jack
  • ICSP header
  • 256KB flash memory (8KB used by bootloader)
  • 8 KB SRAM


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Connecting an Arduino to a 7 segment display – part 2: reducing microcontroller pins

connecting an arduino to a seven segment display

In my previous post, I showed how to connect seven segment displays to your Arduino microcontroller and how to drive them through multiplexing to display numerical values from your program.
In this post, I will build on that circuit and reduce the number of pins used on your microcontroller, as promised.
The circuit so far had 12 microcontroller pins used up to drive the seven segments (and decimal point) and select each individual digit display. What if you can reduce the number of pins to just 3? Easy! We can do this using shift registers.

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