Arduino single board computers and modules are the brains of your electronics projects. They contain all of the necessary microcontrollers and processors, alongside essential inputs and outputs. Arduino compatible boards and kits are designed to work alongside your Arduino SBC, to expand functionality and provide access to other exciting technologies. Some compatible modules will work alongside the board, while others conveniently mount on top of an Arduino, using headers. These are called shields.
Other Arduino compatible boards will use the Arduino platform and work with the same expansion boards. Arduino compatible boards are not necessarily manufactured by Arduino, but the hardware is compatible.
There are different version of Arduino, such as the Arduino UNO or the Arduino Due. It is important to ensure that the hardware you choose is compatible with your chosen Arduino model.
Using an expansion board alongside your Arduino board is the ideal combination for prototyping and developing designs. It allows you to expand the functionality of your board and integrate new technologies into your application. These technologies may include: