LCDuino is an Arduino Uno clone implemented as a backpack on a 2x16 character LCD with an RGB backlight.
What this really means is that it's an Atmel ATMega328P clocked with a 16 MHz crystal with a Cypress Semiconductor USB-to-serial adapter chip and a micro-USB connector. The i2c bus of the ATMega has the equivalent of the Adafruit i2c RGB LCD shield - an MCP23017 i2c I/O expander connected to an RGB backlit 2x16 character LCD.
All of the traditional I/O pins of the Uno are brought to a 2x13 .1" DIP header, and a ribbon cable to a breadboard-friendly DIP plug is supplied. The button pins for the LCD shield are brought out to a separate 2x8 .1" DIP header and a separate board with a 5-way micro joystick, RESET button and a piezo buzzer is available. Since A4 and A5 are used for the i2c bus, but LCDuino uses the TQFP variant of the ATMega328, A6 and A7 are brought out in their place. Other than the USB-to-serial chip being connected to D0 and D1 (through 1K blocking resistors) and the D13 LED being connected to D13 (through a 330 ohm resistor), no other pins are connected on LCDuino itself, making all of them available for your use. The i2c bus is already pulled-up by 4.7k resistors and you can add any additional devices you like (as long as you avoid address clashes with the MCP23017 for the display).
LCDuino also has 4 LEDs - a POWER LED, the traditional Uno D13 LED and RX and TX LEDs for the USB-to-serial chip.
My first few projects always included the Adafruit LCD shield because it was a particularly easy way to add debugging information. But the problem is that the LCD shield is pretty much incompatible with any other shield you might wish to stick on an Arduino. Moreover, the Arduino isn't very breadboard-friendly - you wind up having to use a whole raft of jumper wires. A ribbon cable DIP plug is a much better breadboard solution.
That said, if you have an investment already in Arduino shields, there is a shield adapter board available. It has the same 26 pin DIP header and a ribbon cable to connect to LCDuino, but also has a 2.1mm barrel connector for 7-12 VDC power input. It has regulators for both 5 volts and 3.3 volts as well as an ISP connector (for replacing the bootloader on LCDuino, if necessary).
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