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March 06, 2014 13:39 ET

Make: AVR Programming -- New Book From Maker Media

Targets Advanced Users of Arduino to Maximize Performance

SEBASTOPOL, CA--(Marketwired - Mar 6, 2014) - If you've been designing with Arduino and love it, you're ready to love the hardware that improves performance and increases your design options. Atmel's AVR series of microcontrollers helps your Arduino go faster, delivers real-time responses to external events, and multitasks brilliantly. Now, there's a book that teaches you how to completely harness this power.

Make: AVR Programming helps you discover how the AVR's built-in hardware peripherals solve design problems, allowing you to fully benefit from working with the hardware.

"The Arduino platform is great to learn the basics on," says author Elliot Williams. "But if you're a hacker on a budget and you'd like to make a swarm of robots, you're going to want to use the AVR chips directly. This book focuses on interfacing between the real world and the virtual world throughout. The two together open up infinite possibilities for creative projects."

In fact, everything in this book is project-oriented. You'll learn microcontroller basics but you'll also move on to intermediate and advanced projects and apply what you learn and become free to experiment.

For example, you can:

  • Respond instantly to as many external events as your AVR has pins
  • Build an inexpensive footstep detector
  • Build circuitry to drive DC and stepper motors as well as other demanding loads
  • Make your projects talk by storing voice sample data in the AVR's non-volatile memory
  • Learn to speak SPI and I2C

Bottom line: If you've had some experience programming an Arduino, and you'd like to get to know the AVR chip more intimately, Make: AVR Programming is the book you need.

To purchase Make: AVP Programming, visit:

Learn the hardware, apply the hardware, love the hardware.

Additional Resources
For more information about the book, including table of contents, author bio, and cover graphic, see

About Elliot Williams
Elliot Williams is a Ph.D. in Economics, a former government statistician, and a lifelong electronics hacker. He taught himself to program microcontrollers long before there was any such thing as an Arduino, and loves to spread the knowledge.

About Maker Media
Maker Media is a global platform for connecting makers with each other, with products and services, and with our partners. Through media, events and ecommerce, Maker Media serves a growing community of makers who bring a DIY mindset to technology. Whether as hobbyists or professionals, makers are creative, resourceful and curious, developing projects that demonstrate how they can interact with the world around them. The launch of MAKE Magazine in 2005, followed by Maker Faire in 2006, jumpstarted a worldwide Maker Movement, which is transforming innovation, culture and education. Located in Sebastopol, CA, Maker Media is the publisher of MAKE Magazine and the producer of Maker Faire. It also develops "getting started" kits and books that are sold in its Maker Shed store as well as in retail channels.

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