This is the documentation page for the SPI_7FETs board.
- 1 Overview
- 2 Assembly instructions
- 3 External resources
- 4 Additional software
- 5 Pinout
- 6 Power connector
- 7 jumper settings
- 8 Protocol
- 9 The software
- 10 Default operation
- 11 Future hardware enhancements
- 12 Future software enhancements
- 13 Changelog
The board has 7 fets that allow you to pull a pin of a load low. You would normally tie the other end of your load directly to the powersupply.
About 1A per output should be possible. Maximum voltage is 20V.
You will have to provide your own protection circuits if you are going to drive inductive loads (like a motor).
The connector SV2 allows you to connect the "powersource".
You can chose two configurations: You can use pin 1-2 as ground and power. You can connect up to 15V (*) to pin 2 referenced to GND on pin 1.
(*) The datasheet for the used transistors mentions "20V", but is is always prudent to keep some margin.
If you want 5V as the powersource, you could put a jumper on pin 2-3. In that case you will have to be aware that you're using the 5V power from the rest of the system. This will be limited by e.g. USB power limits, other devices on the SPI bus, cable thickness and connector capability. But for low-current 5V applications this might be useful.
See solder jumpers on how to change the solder jumper.
By changing the solder jumper SJ1, you can make the connector nearest the board edge into the ICSP programming connector for the attiny44 on the board.
To make the 7fets PCB do things, you need to send things over the SPI bus to the PCB.
The general overview of the protocol is here.
The specific commands for the 7fets PCB are explained on the page about the spi_dio board, as the two boards share the same protocol: spi_dio_protocol
For arduino, a sample PDE is available, called ardemo_lcd.pde, also at BitWizard software download directory .
This has routines to send things using SPI to the board, although the actual demo is written for the LCD board.
Future hardware enhancements
Future software enhancements
TODO: write a library to make handling this board easy.
- Initial public release