mbed Application Board

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!

  • Double-row header for an LPC1768 mbed module
  • 128 x 32 graphics backlit LCD, SPI interface
  • 3-axis accelerometer, +/- 1.5g, I²C interface
  • Temperature sensor, I²C interface
  • 5-way navigation switch (Thumb joystick)
  • 2 x Potentiometers (Analogue In)
  • RGB LED, (PWM out)
  • Miniature loudspeaker, (PWM out)
  • Socket headers for Xbee Zigbee module or RN-XV WiFi module
  • 2 x 3.5mm audio jack (Analogue In/Out)
  • 2 x standard R/C servo motor headers, (PWM out)
  • Mini-USB connector (keyboard, mouse, MIDI)
  • USB-A connector (Flash drive, Bluetooth)
  • USB Host/Device select switch
  • RJ-45 Ethernet connector
  • 1.3mm 6-9VDC jack socket (Powering USB-A and Servo headers)

mbed Application Board Product Help and Resources

Core Skill: Programming

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.

3 Programming

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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Core Skill: Electrical Prototyping

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.

1 Electrical Prototyping

Skill Level: Noob - You don't need to reference a datasheet, but you will need to know basic power requirements.
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Looking for answers to technical questions?

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  • Member #452244 / about 11 years ago / 1

    i would like to have a board with just one of these tiny motors in a smaller form factor. that would be amazing!!!! Tom

  • Member #226770 / about 11 years ago / 1

    https://mbed.org/users/4180_1/notebook/mbed-application-board-hands-on-demos/ has some code, demos, and videos for the mbed application board.

  • animan / about 11 years ago / 1

    Can someone recommend a DC power plug for this. I believe it is spec'd at 1.3mm center positive. Thanks.

  • Member #197750 / about 11 years ago / 1

    Does this still require that online IDE?

    • Member #661 / about 11 years ago / 1

      You can use any toolchain you wish. All you need to do is create an executable .bin file that can be dropped onto the board. The board connects to your PC as both a serial device and a mass storage controller so drag-and-drop works well.

      It is even possible to grab the mbed libraries and use them with another toolchain.

      I did one small project for the mbed using Rowley Crossworks for the toolchain.

    • MostThingsWeb / about 11 years ago / 1

      Yes, this doesn't replace the mbed. It just adds some accessories to experiment with.

  • Kevin C. / about 11 years ago / 1

    "mbed" is all lowercase.

    Source: http://mbed.org/blog/entry/mbed-Application-Board-on-sale/

  • deathweasel / about 11 years ago / 1

    Any chance for a slim and trim version of this board for LPC11U24?

  • So is this similar to the Arduino Esplora in a way?

    • nah. the esplora is like one of our joystick shields, with a few sensors, with an arduino slapped on. this is just more like a traditional 'dev board', like what olimex makes. I guess they are similar, but the esplora has more buttons and such.

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