Basic Micro ATOM Nano Giveaway


As several readers have already noted, these things sold out very quickly – in less than 15 minutes!  Big thanks to Basic Micro!

If you have been considering the purchase of a Basic ATOM Nano product, but you weren’t quite ready to lay down the cash for a dev board and Nano microcontroller, boy to we have a deal for you. The kind folks at Basic Micro informed us that they have 55 Basic ATOM Nano Development boards, complete with Nano 28 microcontrollers that they would like to give away to the Hack a Day community for the low, low cost of $0.

That’s right. Zero. Zip. Zilch.

The dev boards come complete with an LCD header, a small solderless breadboard, USB connectivity, a pair of servo connectors, and more! The Nano 28 is based on the PIC16F886 microcontroller, and features an 8MHz clock,  24 I/O pins, 14K of flash memory, 368 bytes of memory, and 256 bytes of EEPROM storage.

The total value of the package is just around $50, so this is an incredible deal! Basic Micro will even ship your kit to you for free via USPS.

Just add this item to your shopping cart on the Basic Micro site, and use the coupon code “freehack” at checkout – they’ll take care of the rest.

There are a few caveats to this giveaway, and they are as follows:

1) To participate, you must reside within the contiguous United States – i.e. anywhere in the lower 48 (Sorry readers from Alaska or Hawaii!)

2) The offer is limited to one kit per individual. Let’s not be greedy here, give your fellow hackers a chance at this deal as well.

3) Once these dev boards are sold out, they are gone for good. There are no rain checks or back orders available.

4) You must build something cool with your kit and share it with us in our forums or via the tip line*

*Not really, but it would be pretty cool if you did.

[Thanks to Dale at Basic Micro for putting this together for us!]


  1. Ian says:

    Woo hoo! Got mine!

  2. bV says:

    checkout doesnt work for me, keeps looping back to the shipping page after selecting paypal (its the only option) as a payment method :/

  3. Zack says:

    Just ordered mine its really cool companies are supporting us diyer’s with free stuff like this

  4. Chris Muncy says:

    Got mine!

    Thanks Basic Micro!!!!

  5. tehDorf says:

    Nice! I just ordered mine! Thank you HaD and Basic Micro!

  6. Dane says:

    living in Canada is suffering

  7. Wholly Mindless says:

    Sold out… (sniff)

  8. bV says:

    and out of stock, way to fail cart software

  9. TheCapt says:

    Gone.. entered coupon and then sold out

  10. TheBob says:

    Wow… those went fast :(

  11. Jason says:

    I like how they wait until after collecting your email and setting up your account to give you the “out of stock” message…classy!

  12. James McHugh says:

    out of stock

  13. craig christ says:

    and…there out

  14. z says:

    Now that didn’t last long. I got all psyched and then _ gone _.

  15. HoboWhisperer says:

    Wow. That was fast. Squeaked one in there. Can’t wait to see it!

  16. Budgethack says:

    Guess us Aussie’s will stick with out avr’s

  17. Doc Oct says:

    Damn, that went quick. Sold out as I was filling out my address info. :/

  18. Chris Muncy says:

    Grand total of 13 minutes from post to sell out.

  19. KanchoBlindside says:

    Wow, fast. Grr. Okay, which one of you got 37 of them?

  20. m says:

    Added to cart successfully, entered coupon successfully, entered contact inormation/created account successfully, hit “place order” and… out of stock.

    Disappointing to see they don’t use a “place in line” ordering system, glad I used a throwaway email account.

  21. kmjsocket says:

    Got One!! I have been working on an integrated game for my and friends and I while in the pub. I haven’t had any extra jak so this works nicely + with the LCD header this is just what I have been looking for… saw small UPS in the garbage today it had a serial connection… I took it apart to realize it didn’t have a separate micro it was one main board. Didn’t want to mess with that kinda voltage. I will disclose my results but not anytime soon… School work and side gigs.

  22. M says:

    Thank you! I am so excited to build something since I used my gadget budget on a dev kit for my nephew.

  23. diamantmatch says:

    ahw, they don’t ship to holland..
    must be to far far away ^^
    i’ll just stick with my loyal arduino

  24. Addidis says:

    Looks like a nice little board, all kinds of useful stuff on it. :)

  25. Chris Muncy says:

    Remember, this is the dev board ONLY! It does not come with the Atom Nano uC.

  26. shavenwarthog says:

    out of stock, alas

  27. Chris Muncy says:

    Dang! Glad I was wrong about the uC not being included. Thanks for pointing that out.

    • Mike Nathan says:

      No worries! I just didn’t want people thinking they had to run out and buy a uC as well.

      • TheCapt says:

        Now I’m really bummed I didn’t get one. I was hoping to use this as a basis for my son’s Boy Scout Robot. This is a lot cheaper than a Mindstorm and looks simpler to program than an Arduino.

        Maybe next time. I’ll probably end up buying the other components anyway as it still is cheaper than the others.

  28. rktokomak says:

    man missed mine, it was just 4 hrs ago, there’s always a next time, thank you Dave, thank you Basic Micro.

  29. rktokomak says:

    my apologies, I meant Dale.

  30. JKenkins says:

    damn its a bummer they dont ship to alaska.

  31. energyguy78 says:

    Why doesn’t the website have a add to wish list and notify when it is back in stock?

  32. Eric says:

    I got mine in the mail today. I’ll be working with it soon.

  33. Jasper says:

    Just got mine in the mail yesterday, as soon as i find a power supply for it ill be having some fun

  34. Rock says:

    I got mine in the mail, but I don’t know what to do with it… I was hoping to use this board to sort of get started as a hacking newbie. Where can I find some info?

  35. dave says:

    Basic Micro

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