R-Board v/s Arduino UNO Comparison

This document will explain the similarity and key differences between R-Board and Arduino UNO


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What is Arduino?

 Arduino is an open-source electronic platform based on easy to use software and hardware.Arduino is great tool to automate things for both Beginners and professionals.

What is Arduino?

 R Board is single sided all PTH components Open-Source Hardware based Arduino UNO compatible Board designed by Robo India. "The sole purpose behind development of this board is to provide low cost solution for Arduino in India, which is easy to use and can be hacked easily to reproduce with the components easily available in Indian market". Although it looks very simple but it is a step ahead from Arduino in features.

Key Advantage of R-Board:

1. Cost : Official Arduino UNO (Made in Italy) costs somewhere around INR 1500  in India. Whereas R-Board(including FTDI Basic) costs INR 650 only, with a advantage of separate FTDI Board which can be used separately for different purposes.

2. Single Sided PCB: R-Board is designed keeping in mind that it can be reproduce by Arduino hobbyists, students at a very basic level with very basic tools.

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3. Seperate FTDI: A very important feature is that FTDI Basic board is used to programme R Board with Arduino IDE. Which is detachable and you can program multiple R-Board with just one FTDI Basic Board.

Detailed Comparison


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 Blue, white  Green

USB Connector


 B Type  B Type
 PCB type  Double Sided  

R-Board - Single Sided

FTDI Basic – Double Sided

 USB to Serial Chip


 Atmega16U4  FTDI - FT232

Drivers (Windows)


 Arduino USB Driver  FTDI VCP Drivers

Windows Compatibility


 8 (32 & 64-bit), 7 (32 & 64-bit), Vista (32 & 64-bit), XP (32 & 64-bit), 2000, 98 *  8 (32 & 64-bit), 7 (32 & 64-bit), Vista (32 & 64-bit), XP (32 & 64-bit)

 Main Microprocessor      


 Atmega328  Atmega328

Digital I/O pins


 14  14

 Analog Inputs


 6  6

ABoard Selection while Programming in Arduino IDE


Arduino UNO Arduino UNO

Price in India


INR 1500 in India INR 599 (including FT232 Board)




Buying Option:





Installation of FTDI.


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