AVR vs Arduino

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Arduino is "AVR on a ready to use board", so this page is more about: When to use a Arduino, or when it is better to use a AVR on a custom board.

Arduino Advantages

  • save (lot of) time
  • programmer integrated
  • USB port available
  • all Features of AVR
  • ready to use
  • easy development with Arduino IDE

AVR custom board advantages

  • cheaper (single CPU vs Arduino board)
  • smaller circuits
  • integrate into circuits on board
  • use specialized AVR CPU types