Introducing the Analog Shield

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The story behind the Analog Shield began with Dr. Gregory Kovacs, professor at Stanford University, who saw the successes his students had with the Arduino Uno and use that as a bridge into the world of analog electronics. However, the analog features on the Uno were limited and he needed to create a platform that would enable all of the concepts he wanted to teach on one platform. So when Dr. Gregory approached us and asked if we wanted to make his Analog Shield, we said, “Absolutely!”

After all, Dr. Kovacs’ approach to teaching is completely in line with what Digilent believes in — hands-on learning, getting hardware to the students directly, and projects based approach to inspire student creativity! Although the course number has changed, this philosophical approach to teaching is carried to all of Dr. Kovacs’ courses. Working with Dr. Kovacs, his graduate student, Bill Esposito, and the TI University Program and Digilent’s manufacturing ability, the Analog Shield was born. Dr. Kovacs, with the cooperation of the TI University program, created the ultimate mixed-signal prototyping add-on shield. 

back side of the shield
Back side of the shield — even the silk screening is educational!

After all, with  4 channels of 16-bit analog signal input and output,  integrated fixed +/-5V, and integrated variable +/- 7.5V power supplies, an entire range of teaching labs can be done on an Arduino Uno plus this one board!

Analog Shield with it's breadboard on the Arduino Uno
Analog Shield with it’s breadboard on the Arduino Uno.


This weekend at Maker Faire you will have the chance to see the board in action and talk to both Greg and Bill at the Texas Instruments booth. They have planned live demos of some of the projects already made (check out the download file on the product page ) and will even be giving some of these shields away!

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About Larissa Swanland

I'm a bit of an electronics-education evangelist. After all, Education is how we learn about the world. Electronics make the world better. Engineers change the world. So more engineers that know how to design and create electronics? That's the kind of world I want to help create.

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2 Comments on “Introducing the Analog Shield”

  1. I have wasted many hours on this device. I have followed the instructions to the letter, tried
    every possible variation, read every available article. THIS thing simply DOES NOT WORK.
    The Arduino compiler does NOT recognize the library. I have downloaded it from several places,
    including GitHub. I have seen at least 2 different syntax’s for the read and write statements.
    Nothing works. What a waste of time. The documentation is marginal or just plain wrong.
    Yes, I have tried several different Arduino releases, and a half dozen different Uno boards.
    Ppptttttthhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

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