Reference design builds Pmod adapter for Arduino platforms

September 23, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Maxim Integrated’s subsystem reference design allows designers to interface Pmod peripherals with an Arduino-compatible microcontroller board.

For rapid prototyping with a wide range of production-quality sensors using the Pmod-to-Arduino adapter, Maxim Integrated has developed MAXREFDES72#, which allows any board with Pmod connections to plug into Arduino-compatible microcontroller platforms. The adapter is suited to “Internet of Things” projects, and allows for more convenient accessibility to a broader range of digital processors and applications.

The Pmod form factor is known to integrate professional-grade peripherals into engineering prototypes, especially on FPGA-based platforms. The MAXREFDES72# bridges the gap between the Pmod and Arduino-compatible form factors, accessing a new audience of developers using Arduino-compatible microcontroller boards. The result is greater accessibility to quality components and faster, easier designs. Maxim offers 15 single-function peripheral modules and 13 reference design boards with Pmod connectors, and now each is compatible with any Arduino-compatible development board.

Designers should, Maxim says, achieve proof of concept faster, freed from struggling with the interface between boards. The expanded functionality and versatility makes Pmod boards more accessible to a broader range of applications and connects to Arduino-compatible microcontroller boards for evaluation.

The board is available for $25 at Maxim's website and select franchised distributors. Evaluation software is provided free with the board; more at Maxim's Reference Design Center .

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