Orangutan SVP-324 Robot Controller (partial kit)





This partial kit gives you the flexibility make a customized Orangutan SVP-324 with the headers and other through-hole components that best suit your project. All of the surface-mount parts are pre-soldered, including an ATmega324PA AVR microcontroller with 32 KB flash and 2 KB RAM, but nothing is soldered to the through-hole pads. The partial kit includes male and female versions of all of the header pins. An LCD is not included.


The Orangutan SVP robot controller is a complete control solution for small and medium-sized robots running at 6 – 13.5 V. The module is designed around the powerful Atmel ATmega324PA AVR microcontroller (32 KB flash, 2 KB RAM, and 1 KB EEPROM) or ATmega1284P (128 KB flash, 16 KB RAM, and 4 KB EEPROM) running at 20 MHz and features a full complement of peripheral hardware to support robotics applications. For a detailed description of the Orangutan SVP’s capabilities, please see the product page for the fully assembled SVP-324 or fully assembled SVP-1284.

The Orangutan SVP partial kit PCB has all of the surface-mount components pre-soldered, as shown to the right, and the kit includes the following through-hole components so that you can customize the robot controller to your particular application:

    Six 3×4 male header blocks
    Six 3×4 female header blocks
    One 3×7 male header block
    One 3×7 female header block
    Three 2-pin 3.5mm terminal blocks
    Five blue shorting blocks
    Two 2×3 female header blocks
    One 2×3 shrouded box header
    One 2×8 shrouded box header
    One buzzer
    Five pushbuttons
    One 2×20 breakaway male header
    One 1×20 breakaway male header
    Five 1×2 female header blocks
    Two single-pin female headers

Like the fully assembled version, the kit includes a USB A to mini-B cable.

The Orangutan SVP partial kit does not include an LCD. Our 16×2 LCDs (both with backlight and without) can be plugged directly into the PCB if you solder a 2×7 female header to the left side of the LCD and two single male pins to the right side of the LCD. These two male pins provide structural support for the LCD and power the backlight on the version with a backlight. You can connect your own parallel-interface (HD44780) LCD, such as our 20×4 LCD to the LCD port via a 16-conductor ribbon cable.

Since the Orangutan SVP partial kit includes headers of both genders, you have the ability to solder in the gender that best suits the peripherals you plan to connect to the board, or you could go for an even more compact installation and solder your peripherals directly to the I/O pads. Since the buzzer and pushbuttons are not pre-soldered, you can replace these with components of your choosing, such louder speakers (the Orangutan SVP powers the buzzer through a transistor rather than a microcontroller I/O pin, so it can support much higher-power speakers than previous Orangutans) and bigger buttons located off of the board.

Orangutan SV-328 Robot Controller Specifications.

Size:     2.15" x 1.90"
Weight:     35 g

General specifications

Processor:     ATmega328 @ 20 MHz
RAM size:     2048 bytes
Program memory size:     32 Kbytes
Motor driver:     TB6612FNG
Motor channels:     2
User I/O lines:     81
Max current on a single I/O:     40 mA
Minimum operating voltage:     6 V
Maximum operating voltage:     13.5 V
Continuous output current per channel:     1 A
Peak output current per channel:     3 A
Maximum PWM frequency:     80 kHz
Reverse voltage protection?:     Y
External programmer required?:     Y
LCD included?:     Y


1    All 8 can be used as digital I/Os and 6 can be used as analog inputs. Two additional dedicated analog inputs can be accessed on the PCB if their jumper connections to optional hardware are removed.