pcDuino - Voltage Translator Shield

We all know that not every Arduino shield is 3.3V, many are 5V boards. This is the voltage translator shield, an easy to use add-on for the pcDuino2 or pcDuino3 to give your dev board the ability to use 5V Arduino shields. It's simple, just attach this board onto you pcDuino2 and stack your favorite 5V Arduino shield on top, that's it!

Each voltage translator shield is equipped with the same Arduino Uno R3 header configuration as the pcDuino and even includes a small soldering area for prototyping.


pcDuino - Voltage Translator Shield Product Help and Resources

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.

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  • Suggestion: For those of us who got the PCDuino v1, it would be really nice if there was something like this with the v1 header layout (where the headers are close together) on the bottom instead of or in addition to this (real 'Duino) layout.

  • Is there any reason this would NOT work with another Arduino compatible board? For instance, the Arduino Due?

    • This is a good question, can anybody from sparkfun confirm it one way or the other?

      • Seconded, does it work with the Arduino Due?

        • Some pins are on the small secondary header, if you're just using Serial or GPIO, it could work on a standard Arduino board, but if you need the connections that smaller header provides, you would be lacking those signals.

  • Board is nice but I want to warn others that on the PCDunio V3 this board covers the SATA ports so I can not use both the board and my SATA drive. I do have header extenders so I should be able to work around the problem.

  • By the way, does anyone know where you can make a pink silkscreen PCB board? It looks pretty neat.

  • Will this work on the not-at-all 5V tollerent ST nutella (nucelo) board? it has arduino headers but the 5V lines are in the right place so it would power all my boards that could be powered from 3.3v with 5V because ... they did not think?

  • As I know this adaptor is from the company that makes the PCduino, it would be helpful if they added the ISP header in their next revision, I own a USB Host Shield that needs that header. I know that's redundant for my specific board though. There are other boards that also use the ISP header that may benefit.

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