what does Arduino Shield mean?

Discussion in 'Embedded Systems and Microcontrollers' started by steven334, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. steven334

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    In Arduino Speak what does Arduino Shield mean? And what does breakout board mean?
    thanks
     
  2. t06afre

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    Shields are boards that can be plugged on top of the Arduino PCB. Breakout boards. Many components may be hard to connect to. Like many SMD chips. By using a breakout board. You can distribute the connections so they may be more easy to connect without being an expert solder. As an example this one. The board contain a pre mounted PIC chip. And hobbyist friendly solder connections
    http://www.microchipdirect.com/productsearch.aspx?Keywords=MA330013
     
  3. hgmjr

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    Arduino's original designer simply decided to refer to the boards that plug onto the main microcontroller board (Arduino Uno or Arduino Mega256) as shields.

    hgmjr
     
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