Category:BeagleBoard Expansion Boards

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General-Purpose Expansion Boards

BeagleBoard Trainer

Trainer Boards from TinCanTools for $59.00

  • I2C interface(+3.3v or +5v selectable)
    • Can be used with the Nintendo Wii NunChuk interface
    • Pin compatible with WiiChuk Adapter
    • WiiChuk Adapter is available from SparkFun
  • SPI inteface (+3.3v)
  • GPIO's(+3.3v)
  • Large prototyping area (0.1" x 0.1" matrix with access to power bus)
  • Atmega328 processor (user programmable)
    • Arduino compatible
    • ATmega328 power is +3.3v or +5v selectable
    • Communicate to the ATmega328 via the BeagleBoard's second RS-232 uart

BeagleBoard Zippy from TinCanTools for $79.00.

  • Battery Backed RTC (real-time clock)
  • Second MMC slot
  • 10BaseT Ethernet
  • Second RS-232
  • +5V level I2C


  • Beaglebot uses a custom board which provides power, level shifters, and PWM control of 5 hobby servos.
  • This robot has a simple expansion board which includes power regulation and PWM motor drivers.

Cameras and Imaging

LCD Expansion Boards

Rev C2 and later boards provide direct access to the LCD lines before they enter the DVI framer via the LCD header, enabling expansion boards which interface directly with LCD panels.

  • BeadaFrame
    BeadaFrame 7" LCD display kit
    • 7" 800x480 TFT LCD screen
    • LED Backlight control
    • Resistive touch screen
    • Plastic frame
    • Available from NAXING Electronics

LVDS LCD add-on board is now available from LVDS LCD for $9.89 (bare PCB) or $29.89 (fully assembled and tested board)

  • connects directly to LCD headers on the bottom of BeagleBoard (-xM)
  • has 3 configuration signals required by some LVDS LCD panels
  • provides up to 1.2A of 3.3V to directly power LCD panel
  • open-source project (schematic and Gerbers are available for free download)

HY Research has some expansion board basics and example.

  • 4.3", 4.8" interface boards
  • Outdoor visible 7.0" LCD and interfaces.
  • Boards are configured to minimize overall profile.
  • Items available for sale via the Estore


  • Trainer Board from TinCanTools has an Arduino compatible Atmel AVR on board
  • Arduino Nano uses an FTDI FT-232 based interface which is supported by the ftdi_sio kernel driver- How To Notes
  • Arduino Uno uses a Atmel ATmega8U2 based interface which is supported by the cdc_acm kernel driver - How To Notes

See Also