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Aster Carrier Board


Aster Carrier Board

  • Carrier Board for Colibri System on Module Family
  • 100mm x 80mm form-factor
  • Compatible with Arduino Uno and Raspberry Pi (RPi)
  • Ideal for evaluation of Colibri peripherals

Aster is a carrier board for the Colibri family of computer-on-modules. Aster carrier board has been designed primarily considering Colibri VFxx computer-on-modules, but the carrier board is compatible with all the products in the Colibri family.

Aster has been designed for students, makers and hobbyists. The Aster Carrier Board has headers compatible with Arduino Uno and Raspberry Pi (RPi) maker boards, thus enabling users to use a variety of 3rd party modules/add-on boards like Arduino Shields and Raspberry Pi adapter boards.

Recommendation for a first-time order

Toradex recommends to order the following additional products for your fist-time order:

All the products can be ordered online at Toradex Webshop

Getting started for the first time?

For detailed step-by-step instructions about how to start with both, SoM and Carrier Board, please have a look at our step-by-step Getting-Started Guide:

Since Aster can be USB powered, the simplest setup possible requires only:

  • Cables: USB Micro-AB to Type-A (receptacle)
  • Jumper Wire to short-circuit JP1.

Powering through USB will limit the total amount of power available. We recommend using an external power supply when using a lot of power for e.g. display or other peripherals, since this setup isn't USB compliant.

Warning: Do not short-circuit the jumper JP1 if you are using an external power supply: it will cause the external supply and the USB supply to be shorted.

Having trouble?

Please contact our technical support. Various option of technical support are mentioned in the article below.

I/O Support

  • Ethernet (1x 10/100 Mbit)
  • USB 2.0 (1x Host, 1x Host/Client)
  • SDIO/SD/MMC (1x 4 Bit)
  • CAN (up-to 2x, TX/RX)
  • VGA (1x, Shared with RGB)
  • RGB (1x)
  • Resistive Touch (1x)
  • Capacitive Touch (1x)
  • USB-to-Serial Transceiver (1x)
  • UART (2x TTL, 1x USB)
  • I2C (1x)
  • SPI (1x)
  • PWM (4x)
  • GPIO (up-to 39)
  • Analog Input (4x)
  • Analog Audio: Line in (1x)
  • Analog Audio: Mic in (1x)
  • Analog Audio: Headphone out (1x)

* Please note that these features are module-specific and may not be supported by all the computer-on-modules in the Colibri family. For more details, refer to the datasheet of Colibri computer-on-modules

Design data Aster Carrier Board V1.1

Aster Carrier Board Mechanical Models

A basic 3D model for the Aster Carrier Board can be downloaded here

This is a SolidWorks CAD model. You can download the free eDrawings model viewer from SolidWorks here.

It is a generic STEP model that can be opened and modified in any 3D CAD

It is a generic 3D pdf model that can be opened in Adobe Reader.

Design and Layout Guide

Altium Designer

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A specific product revision has a lifecycle defined by the product state. Learn more about it on the Product Change Notifications.

Aster Carrier Board

PN: 0143

Product # Product Description Changes from Previous Version Release Date PCN Document


Aster V1.0A

Initial Release

Q2 2016 Obsolete


Aster V1.1A

Fixed VGA polarity issue with Vybrid
Fixed shared USB host/client issue when other USB devices are connected
Q1 2017


Aster V1.1B

Added JTAG through pogo pins and X6 Feb 2017