A BoardX Motherboard serves as the foundation for your system. You can add processors, sensors and other low cost add-ons that stack on top of one another to save space.
Note to customers: add-ons are sold separately, although they may appear in images.What is BoardX?
BoardX is a collection of electronic circuit boards that stack on top of one another to share resources, communicate, and extend the functionality of one another. This system is built on the BoardX Motherboard that acts as both an electrical and structural foundation.
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Unlike similar products (but much like a familiar PC system), the motherboard does not come with a processor pre-installed. Processors come as simple, low cost add-on boards, which allow any processor (or multiple processors) to be used with the system. If you buy the AVR-X Add-on, you can have a powerful Arduino system that is fully compatible with the Arduino SDK out of the box, no modification required. In addition to that, if you pick up the XBee-X Radio Add-on and follow the instructions, you can use the Arduino environment to program BoardX wirelessly!Why choose BoardX?
There are lots of reasons to choose BoardX over other brands, here are just a few that really make a difference:
BoardX includes all the features that designers and students have come to expect from open source systems:
The simple answer is no, because they won't work out of the box. However, there's nothing stopping you from wiring them to BoardX by hand or even designing your own adapter boards by making use of the built in breadboard or PROTO-X Add-on.Why is there a breadboard?
Try connecting a button, or an LED, or a servo to an Arduino and you'll understand instantly. A breadboard is a prototyping must-have. You know you're going to need one at some point, whether it's to add vital glue components like resistors or capacitors that tie a system together, or maybe it's to help connect that third party sensor board you bought a while ago and want to re-use.
We use breadboards so often that we couldn't conceive of a true prototyping board without one. That's why we included one that's large enough to be useful, but small enough to stay out of your way.How do I connect Add-ons?
Add-ons can be attached to the USB, SPI, UART, and I2C buses to provide any feature imaginable. These can be sensors, communication interfaces, or even physical control devices like motors or servos.
Don't forget that you can always wire things by hand using BoardX's 2.54mm rectangular sockets, which are the standard for breadboards and development kits.