Microcontrollers Lab 10

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Lab 10: Power Consumption and ATmega328P without Arduino


Here are some details to make the circuits more clear.

  • Dr. P needs to see that your LED is visibly ON in all three circuits.
  • Vcc must be the same for both LED ON and LED OFF scenarios. (Don’t use a smaller Vcc with the LED off. Assume you are writing code for a circuit where you cannot just change Vcc all the time.)
  • Circuit 1 must have a Vcc of 5 V for both LED on and LED off. This is a baseline, you want to know where you started from.
  • Circuit 2 and 3 can have a Vcc down to 2.7 V, but only if the LED is visibly ON. (In circuit 2, the LED must be visibly ON with the USB cable disconnected from the Arduino Uno.)

Dr. P’s Best Power Values

In May 2022, here are the values Dr. P got without spending a ton of time optimizing. (You can do better!)

1213 mW166 mW
2125.4 mW98.6 mW
32.6 mW2.3 mW


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