LeapPad Explorer

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The Leappad Explorer (Leapfrog Enterprises)

Project Summary

The Leappad Explorer (like its predecessor the Didj and Leapster_Explorer) is a toy produced by Leapfrog marketed as an educational handheld gaming console for kids aged 4-9. Although it has a proprietary graphical front end, it runs a generic Linux distribution on the same ARM9-based processor as the Didj and Explorer. It also has built in accellerometer and camera, along with a bigger touch screen, also hints about an internal rumble pack of some kind in the latest source code.

Source Code

Source Code

Tutorials/How To's

Technical Information


  • LeapFrog LF1000 branded version of the MagicEyes Pollux VF3520F Datasheet
  • ARM926ejs core
  • Same CPU as found in the Didj
  • Clocked at 393MHz




480x272 5" LCD


1x Cirrus Logic CS43L22 audio codec


1x lfp100 custom leapfrog Audio chip - not confirmed

Networking support

Interface types

Physical connectors

  • Cartridge socket (providing NAND, SDIO and UART) ?
  • Mini USB port
  • DC Power
  • Headphone
  • charger socket

Input devices

buttons, Touchscreen/stylus


Linux kernel



Flash support (via Flash Lite runtime)

OpenGL support

Onboard camera

Internal rumble motor - not confirmed

DJHI Card Compatibility

DJHI Card Compatibility - not confirmed