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Prototyping Shields for Arduino and Compatibles


Prototyping cards have long been popular with electronics hobbyists and technologists wanting to implement a one-off project.  So far, however, there has
been basically only one prototyping shield design offered for Arduino and compatibles.  Now we have greatly expanded the options by offering several new
prototyping shields based on time-tested designs.

Our first four shields (ARPROTO1, ARPROTO2, ARPROTO3, and ARPROTO4) were designed for the original Arduino Duemilanove and compatibles.  We
have now launched four new prototyping shields (ARPRO11, ARPRO12, ARPRO13, and ARPRO14) to accommodate the two extra header pins added to
the UNO rev. 3, Leonardo, EsduinoXtreme, etc.  Also, we have changed the header footprints to dual-row to support those NXP/Freescale Freedom boards
which have extra pins.  Check the datasheets to decide which layout best suits the project you have in mind:  original version or the new version.

All shields are priced at $3.00 each, or you can buy a bundle of four designs for $7.50.  We also offer a high-density solderless breadboarding shield (ARSB1)
for $17.


Discovery Breakout Baseplate for popular MCU Modules

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Working with popular MCU evaluation boards such as the Technological Arts Adapt9S12 series and the STM Discovery series is now easier thanks to a new versatile breakout baseplate launched today.

The Adapt9S12 version features snap-in nylon standoffs and non-slip rubber feet, and is ready to accept any of the dual-header style Adapt9S12 MCU modules.  To be practical, the MCU module should be ordered with "F" (or "FM") style headers on H1 and H2 so that standard male-to-male solderless breadboard jumper wires can be used.  Click here to order DISCOBOB-ADAPT.

Using the STM Discovery boards in a R&D or educational lab environment is especially challenging because they lack mounting holes.  The DISCOBOB-STM breakout baseplates solve this issue by securing the board to the baseplate via four receptacle sections that mate with the board's pins at four corners.  Two versions are offered--  one for the single-row, dual-header STM32x0 style boards (e.g. STM32F0 and STM32L0), and another for the dual-row, dual-header STM32x4 style board (e.g. STM32F4).  Besides featuring a solderless breadboard section adjacent to each of the two headers, the baseplates come pre-assembled with mating headers and non-slip rubber feet.  Since the Discovery boards have male headers, female-to-male breaboard jumper wires will be required for constructing circuits on the breadboard sections.


Adapt9S12ZVC Family Launch

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Building on our popular Adapt11 modular form-factor, we're pleased to introduce Adapt9S12ZVC, a new family of industrial-grade S12Z modules specifically intended for your project!  There's no need to get bogged down with the intricacies of circuit board layout, assembly, testing, and re-work for today's fine-pitch microcontrollers.  Just drop a fully-functional, tested Adapt9S12ZVC module into your application, load your firmware, and roll out a finished product in no time!  If replacement is ever needed, swap it out quickly with hassle-free pluggability--  no tools required.

The Adapt9S12ZVC family comprises three different modules, each implementing two different serial interfaces connected to the SCI ports of the MCU, so you can choose any two:  RS232 + USB, RS232 + WiFi-ready, or USB + WiFi-ready.  WiFi-ready configurations include a header for plugging in the popular and low-cost ESP8266-based ESP-01 module, available separate from multiple vendors.  As well, all three modules include a physical-layer CAN transceiver.

These modules are also well-suited for low-volume applications where existing demo or dev boards just don't fit well into your application's physical constraints.  A choice of 11 different connector styles for the 50-pin I/O connector provides the ultimate versatility for your project's topology.

And no need to worry about the board being discontinued by the manufacturer--  Technological Arts has a solid reputation for longevity in the industry for well over two decades, with tens of thousands of boards and modules deployed worldwide. Lean manufacturing ensures low cost and quick turnaround, and technical support comes directly from the product designers.

Click here to order!  Contact us for volume pricing on 25+ units.