The Arduino Micro is a microcontroller board based on the ATmega32u4, developed in conjunction with Adafruit. It has 20 digital input/output pins (of which 7 can be used as PWM outputs and 12 as analog inputs), a 16 MHz crystal oscillator, a micro USB connection, an ICSP header, and a reset button. It contains everything needed to support the microcontroller; simply connect it to a computer with a micro USB cable to get started. It has a form factor that enables it to be easily placed on a breadboard.
The Micro is similar to the Arduino Leonardo in that the ATmega32u4 has built-in USB communication, eliminating the need for a secondary processor. This allows the Micro to appear to a connected computer as a mouse and keyboard, in addition to a virtual (CDC) serial / COM port.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Are these 100% compatible with the "normal" Arduino's?
Yes, they really are 100% completely compatible with "normal" Arduino's. Build quality looks the same and everything (studio, library, tools, etc) just works.
- What if I'm still concerned about this being named as "Arduino Compatible"?
If still in doubt, please buy from Arduino's official dealer channels. Yes they are more expensive. We use these internally ourselves for various electronic projects and find them to be 100% decent (again, check reviews). That said, we do not make these and we are providing all the information we know.