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The mbed boards are a series of ARM microcontroller development boards designed for rapid prototyping and this is breakout makes it easy to get up and running with your mbed LPC1768 module. The new application board has been designed to enable the maximum number of potential experiments and projects, with the minimum footprint. And this thing is small.
This credit-card sized breakout board makes it easy to plug in to a whole bunch of peripherals. Simply pop an LPC1768 mbed module into the socket and you've got access to a 128x32 graphic lcd, 5-way joystick, MEMS accelerometer, temperature sensor and more! There are headers on either side of the mbed module socket as well so you can jumper off to breadboards and other off-board components.
The silkscreen on the back of the board helpfully lists every device on-board and which pins they're connected to, which makes it easy to get your project working if you don't happen to have the reference manual in front of you.
If you're interested in exploring the capabilities of the mbed LPC1768 module, this is an easy way to hook into a lot of different applications.
Note: This is a breakout board only, you'll need an LPC1768 module to drive it. If you don't have one, check the related items below!
If a board needs code or communicates somehow, you're going to need to know how to program or interface with it. The programming skill is all about communication and code.
Skill Level: Competent - The toolchain for programming is a bit more complex and will examples may not be explicitly provided for you. You will be required to have a fundamental knowledge of programming and be required to provide your own code. You may need to modify existing libraries or code to work with your specific hardware. Sensor and hardware interfaces will be SPI or I2C.
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If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.
Skill Level: Noob - You don't need to reference a datasheet, but you will need to know basic power requirements.
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