The SparkFun Ludus ProtoShield is a motor driver shield for your Arduino that is designed to make connecting motors, sensors and other components to your Arduino-based project as fast and easy as possible. The heart of the Ludus ProtoShield is the Toshiba TB6612FNG H-Bridge Motor Driver. This allows the ProtoShield to control two DC motors at once, both CW and CCW, and brake electronically. The TB6612FNG H-Bridge Driver is rated up to 1.2A per channel at 13V, which means it will drive a fair variety of hobby motors ranging in power.
Each of the GPIO pins is broken out on a “servo-style” header field with PWR and GND to allow you to easily connect devices using a 3-pin servo cable. When powered using the barrel jack connector, the PWR rail can even be switched between 5V (from the Arduino’s voltage regulator) and Vin using the onboard slide switches. This feature makes the SparkFun Ludus ProtoShield ideal if you are connecting multiple servos and need more than 5V to your robotics project!
In addition to the “servo-style” header field, this board also features a small protoboard area and an I2C header for you to easily add additional components and sensors.
The SparkFun Ludus ProtoShield was developed by SparkFun Education to simplify connecting up a motor and adding sensors and other components to your Arduino project, and it was lovingly named after our very own mascot.
- TB6612FNG H-Bridge Driver
- Prototyping Area
- I2C Header
- Arduino R3 Layout