A clone is a legal, Arduino-like board developed by a third party using the original schematics for the board (with a few minor adjustments). If significant changes are made, it is called a derivative.

A clone is a legal, Arduino-like board developed by a third party using the original schematics for the board (with a few minor adjustments). If significant changes are made, it is called a derivative.

All Arduino clones follow the naming guidelines:

While unofficial products should not have "Arduino" in their name, it's okay to describe your product in relation to the Arduino project and platform. Here are a few guidelines that explain which uses we consider reasonable. Not okay:

  • Arduino Xxxxxx
  • Xxxxxx Arduino
  • Arduino Compatible Xxxxxx - use "Xxxxxx (Arduino-Compatible)" instead

Okay:

  • Xxxxxx for Arduino - products that work with official Arduino boards (e.g. shields or kits)
  • Xxxxxx (Arduino-Compatible) - variations and clones which are software and hardware compatible Note that while we don't attempt to restrict uses of the "duino" suffix, its use causes the Italians on the team to cringe (apparently it sounds terrible); you might want to avoid it. (It's also trademarked by a Hungarian company.)
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