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RS Components introduces Pmods™ and Arduino-style shields from Digilent to rapidly add extra functionality to prototype designs

Range of peripheral modules and shields for the Arduino ecosystem provides engineers and hobbyists with variety of sensor and communication options

LONDON, UK, 2 November, 2017 – RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has extended its portfolio of versatile development tools and equipment with a new range of Pmods™ (peripheral modules) and shields ( from Digilent. ( Enabling makers and engineers to build the bridge from systems to the physical world, the devices target use in a range of applications. These include single-board-computer designs and Internet of Things (IoT) projects that require additional capabilities, such as wireless communications including Bluetooth and Wi-Fi; MEMS devices such as three-axis gyroscopes, accelerometers and microphones; or motor control.

Compatible with the Arduino R3 footprint, the chipKIT Pmod shield enables users to connect to more than 80 Pmods, augmenting the capabilities of system boards and thereby extending the functionality of designs and the range of possible applications.

The shield has five 2×6 Digilent Pmod connectors, one 2×4 I²C connector and optional pull-up resistors for the I²C bus.

A key product in the range is the Pmod IOXP I²C port expander and adapter board for the Arduino Uno development kit. The Pmod IOXP is an I/O expansion module that provides up to 19 additional GPIO pins from a serial I²C bus connection, as well as a keypad matrix decoder. (

Other Digilent devices available from RS include: the chipKIT Pro MX7 PIC32MX ( ) development kit; the Arty Z7 Zynq-7000 ( development board; the Digital Discovery Logic Analyser; ( ) video and display devices such as JTAG cables, which enable high-speed programming and debugging of Xilinx FPGA and SoC devices from a host PC; a 128 x 32-pixel mono OLED display; a I2S digital-to-stereo audio output; and a series of Pmods featuring current, humidity and temperature sensing devices.

The full range of Pmod devices stocked by RS can be found on the RS website under technical documents at the Shield page. ( )

The Digilent Pmods and shields are available now from RS in the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions.

About RS Components
RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers. With operations in 32 countries, we offer more than 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping around 50,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include electronic components, electrical, automation and control, and test and measurement equipment, and engineering tools and consumables.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2017 had revenues of £1.51bn.

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