The MPU-6050 is a serious little piece of motion processing tech! By combining a MEMS 3-axis gyroscope and a 3-axis accelerometer on the same silicon die together with an onboard Digital Motion Processor™ (DMP™) capable of processing complex 9-axis MotionFusion algorithms, the MPU-6050 does away with the cross-axis alignment problems that can creep up on discrete parts. The parts’ integrated 9-axis MotionFusion algorithms can even access external magnetometers or other sensors through an auxiliary master I2C bus, allowing the devices to gather a full set of sensor data without intervention fro..
The MMA8452Q is a smart low-power, three-axis, capacitive MEMS accelerometer with 12 bits of resolution. This accelerometer is packed with embedded functions with flexible user programmable options, configurable to two interrupt pins. Embedded interrupt functions allow for overall power savings relieving the host processor from continuously polling data.
The MMA8452Q has user selectable full scales of ±2g/±4g/±8g with high pass filtered data as well as non filtered data available real-time. The device can be configured to generate inertial wakeup interrupt signals from any combination of the..
This tiny little guy is the ALS-PT19, an SMD ambient light sensor that is much smaller than the standard TEMT6000. The ALS-PT19 is capable of taking a voltage supply range of 2.5V to 5.5V and also functions as an NPN transistor. If you are looking for a small and easy to use light sensor, definitely pick up the ALS-PT19!
This is a small ambient light sensor that acts as an NPN transistor. The more the sensor is exposed to light, the stronger the base bias. Simple to use! Simple breakout board available below.
The MPL115A1 is a digital barometer that uses MEMs technology to give accurate pressure measurements between 50kPa and 115kPa. We stock the SPI interface version of the sensor. Average current consumption is 10µA at one measurement per second.
The sensor outputs both temperature and pressure readings on the SPI bus. See page 3 of the datasheet for information on how to take readings from the pressure sensor.
Breakout board coming soon!
Wide supply voltage range
-40°C to 105°C maximum temperature range
Low power consumption
Monotonic pressure and temperature data outputs
This is a compact and easy to use relative humidity sensor from Sensirion. The SHT15 digital humidity and temperature sensor is fully calibrated and offers high precision and excellent long-term stability at low cost. The digital CMOSens Technology integrates two sensors and readout circuitry on one single chip.
These sensors are really impressive! Very sensitive and straight forward to use.
Precise data logging
Automation & process control
Building control and HVAC
Test & Measurement
2 factory calibrated sensors for relative humidity & te..
VS1053b from VLSI is a single-chip Ogg Vorbis/MP3/AAC/WMA/MIDI audio decoder and an IMA ADPCM and user-loadable Ogg Vorbis encoder. It contains a high-performance, proprietary low-power DSP processor core VS DSP4, working data memory, 16 KiB instruction RAMand 0.5+ KiB data RAM for user applications running simultaneously with any built-in decoder, serial control and input data interfaces, upto 8 general purpose I/O pins, an UART, as well as a high-quality variable-sample rate stereo ADC (mic, line, line + mic or 2×line) and stereo DAC, followed by an earphone amplifier and a common voltage bu..
VS1063 is an easy-to-use, versatile encoder, decoder and codec for a multitude of audio formats. They can be hard to get hold of but we’ve got them!
The VS1063 contains a high-performance, proprietary, low-power DSP core as well as ROM memory, 16KiB instruction RAM and up to 80 KiB data RAM for user applications running simultaneously with any built-in decoder! There’s built-in serial control and input data interfaces, up to 12 general purpose I/O pins, a UART, as well as specialized peripherals like a high-quality variable-sample-rate stereo DAC and a stereo ADC, followed by an earphone amp..
MP3 decoding is now even easier! This is the popular VS1011 single-chip MP3 audio decoder from VLSI is an easy to solder SOIC package! It contains a high-performance, low-power DSP processor core VS DSP4, working data memory, 5.5kBytes of program or data RAM for for user applications, serial control and input data interfaces, and a high-quality oversampling variable-sample-rate stereo DAC.
VS1011 receives its input bitstream through a serial input bus. The input stream is decoded and passed to an 18-bit oversampling, multi-bit, sigma-delta DAC and earphone driver. The control commands of the..
The ‘must have’ IC for 3V projects. This is the RS232 converter IC that is capable of running at 3V and communicating with 3V logic. Comes in an easy to solder 16-Pin SOIC SMD package. Requires four external 0.1uF ceramic capacitors - no more 10uF monsters! Operates from 2.7V to 6V.
The ADXL335 is a small, thin, low power, complete 3-axis MEMS accelerometer with signal conditioned voltage outputs. The product measures acceleration with a minimum full-scale range of ±3 g. It can measure the static acceleration of gravity in tilt-sensing
applications, as well as dynamic acceleration resulting from motion, shock, or vibration.
The user selects the bandwidth of the accelerometer using the CX, CY, and CZ capacitors at the XOUT, YOUT, and ZOUT pins. Bandwidths can be selected to suit the application.
Breakout board listed below.
1.8V- 3.6V single-supply operat..
The LIS331HH is an ultra low-power full-scale three axis linear MEMS accelerometer. It has a digital I2C/SPI serial interface which makes it ideal for using in embedded applications. The device also features ultra low-power operational modes that allow advanced power saving and smart sleep to wake-up functions.
The LIS331HH has dynamically user selectable full scales of +-6g/+-12g/+-24g and is capable of measuring accelerations with output data rates from 0.5 Hz to 1kHz. The self-test capability allows the user to check the functioning of the sensor in the final application.
The ITG-3200 is the world’s first single-chip, digital-output, 3-axis MEMS motion processing gyro optimized for gaming, 3D mice, and motion-based remote control applications for Internet connected Digital TVs and Set Top Boxes. The ITG-3200 features three 16-bit analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) for digitizing the gyro outputs, a user-selectable internal low-pass filter bandwidth, and a Fast-Mode I²C (400kHz) interface. Additional features include an embedded temperature sensor and a 2% accurate internal oscillator. This breakthrough in MEMS motion processing gyro technology provides a drama..
Nordic Semiconductor nRF24L01+. Transceiver chip operating in the 2.4GHz band. Take all the coolness of the nRF2401A and add some extra pipelines, buffers, and an auto-retransmit feature - very nice! The improved ‘+’ version of the nRF24L01 includes more features and better range!
Drop in compatible with nRF24L01
2Mbit data rate
New long range 250kbit option
Multiceiver - 6 data pipes
32 byte separate TX and RX FIFOs
5V tolerant input pins
Software selectable channel from 2400MHz to 2525MHz (125 Selectable channels)
The ATMega2561 is one of Atmel’s low-power 8-bit AVR RISC-based microcontrollers. This SMD microcontroller features 256KB self-programming flash program memory, 8KB SRAM, 4KB EEPROM, 54 general purpose I/O pins, 8-channel 10-bit A/D-converter, and JTAG interface for on-chip-debug.
This is the same controller that was used to be used on our Wiring Board.
The BMP180 is a high-precision, ultra-low power digital barometer. It offers a measuring range of 300 to 1100 hPa with an absolute accuracy of down to 0.02 hPa. The BMP185 is based on piezo-resistive technology for EMC robustness, high accuracy and linearity as well as long term stability. What makes this sensor great is that it is nearly identical to its former rev, the BMP085!
This sensor supports a voltage supply between 1.8 and 3.6VDC. It is designed to be connected directly to a micro-controller via the I²C bus
The BMP180 comes in an ultra-thin, 8-pin ceramic lead-less chip carrier (L..
The MPR121QR2 is an I2C driven capacitive touch sensor controller, capable of managing up to twelve electrodes. The chip also has eight LED driving pins, which, when not configured to control electrodes, can be used to drive LEDs. The device also features a 13th simulated electrode that represents the simultaneous charging of all the electrodes connected together to allow for increased proximity detection in a touch panel or touch screen array.
The MPR121QR2 can operate at anywhere from 1.71 to 3.6VDC. It’s an Inter-Integrated Circuit (I2C) compliant device with an additional interrupt that ..
The Honeywell HMC6352 is a fully integrated compass module that combines 2-axis magneto-resistive sensors with the required analog and digital support circuits, and algorithms for heading computation. Rumor is that Honeywell took all the tricks up their sleeve and created the HMC6352 using the HMC1052 core, a Microchip PIC core, and a combination of MOSFET and OpAmp circuitry. This chip is simple to use and gives you magnetic heading down to the last degree.
Breakout board available here!
Simple I2C interface
2.7 to 5.2V supply range
1 to 20Hz selectable update rate
16 megabit DataFlash EEPROM. Need storage space? How about 2 meg? This new type of flash from Atmel opens the door to extensive datalogging. This 8-pin SOIC with SPI interface can store up to 16 megbits of data with a maximum clock frequency of 66MHz!
3.3V Power Supply
5V Tolerant I/O
14ms Page Record
250us Page Read
The IDG-1215 is an integrated dual-axis angular rate sensor (gyroscope). It uses InvenSense’s proprietary and patented MEMS technology with vertically driven, vibrating masses to make a functionally complete, low-cost, dual-axis angular rate sensor. All required electronics are integrated onto a single chip with the sensor.
The IDG-1215 gyro uses two sensor elements with novel vibrating dual-mass bulk silicon configurations that sense the rate of rotation about the X- and Y-axis (in-plane sensing). This results in a unique, integrated dual-axis gyro with guaranteed-by-design vibration reject..
The IDG-500 is a very small, dual-axis angular rate sensor (gyroscope). It uses InvenSense’s proprietary and patented MEMS technology with vertically driven, vibrating masses to make a functionally complete, low-cost, dual-axis angular rate sensor. All required
electronics are integrated onto a single chip with the sensor.
The IDG-500 gyro uses two sensor elements with novel vibrating dual-mass bulk silicon configurations that sense the rate of rotation about the X- and Y-axis (in-plane sensing). This results in a unique, integrated dual-axis gyro with guaranteed-by-design vibration rejecti..
This is a low-power dual axis (pitch and roll) MEMS gyro with a ±30°/s maximum range. Options include integrated low pass filters and embedded power down and self-test features. Both x and y outputs are analog, and a 4x amplified output signal is also available for both axes. Comes in an LGA-16 package.
2.7 to 3.6VDC supply
Dual axis pitch and roll sensing
Low power consumption
Wide operating temperature range (-40°C to +85°C)
High stability overtemperature
Embedded power-down feature
Analog angular-rate outputs
4x amplified analog outputs
Integrated low pass filters..
This is a low-power dual axis (pitch and yaw) MEMS gyro with a ±30°/s maximum range. Options include integrated low pass filters and embedded power down and self-test features. Both x and z outputs are analog, and a 4x amplified output signal is also available for both axes. Comes in an LGA-16 package.
2.7 to 3.6VDC supply
Dual axis pitch and yaw sensing
Low power consumption
Wide operating temperature range (-40°C to +85°C)
High stability overtemperature
Embedded power-down feature
Analog angular-rate outputs
4x amplified analog outputs
Integrated low pass filters
The LPR5150AL is low-power two-axis micromachined gyroscope able to measure angular rate along the pitch and roll axes. All required electronics are integrated onto a single chip with the sensor.
The LPR5150AL has a full scale of ±1500 °/s and is capable of detecting rates with a -3 dB bandwidth up to 140Hz. The gyroscope is the combination of one actuator and one accelerometer integrated in a single, micromachined structure. It includes a sensing element composed by single driving mass, kept in continuous oscillating movement and able to react when an angular rate is applied based on the Co..
The NJM2670 is a general-purpose 60V dual H-bridge driver. It’s basically just a pair of H-bridges, a thermal shut down circuit and its alarm output. The alarm output can detect application problems so if you’re monitoring it with a microcontroller you can keep from doing any real damage. It’s even suitable for two-phase stepper motors!
Wide Voltage Range (4V to 60V)
Wide Range of Current Control (5 to 1500mA)
Thermal Overload Protection
This is a small IR receiver module with built in lens, preamp, internal filter and demodulator. All in less than 8x3mm. Perfect for your next IR control project! Part #: TSOP85238 - Standard application IC for use with the most popular 38kHz IR carrier frequency.
Breakout board available below.
Internal module description
The QRE1113 is a small IR reflectance sensor. This sensor is often used in line following robots because, if it can sense if a surface is white or black.
There are four pins on the QRE1113 - two control the IR emitting LED while the other two are the collector and emitter of a phototransistor. The IR diode has a max forward current of 50mA and operates at 940nm.
Breakout boards with analog and digital outputs are also available.
No contact surface sensing
SMT gull wing leads
This handy little IC will correctly and safely charge our Lithium Polymer batteries with power from a USB port or from a DC wall adapter. Max current is limited to 300mA using an external wall supply (3.7V to 7V). Requires almost no external components and will automatically select between a DC source and USB source if both are present. Current is automatically reduced to a trickle when charging is complete.
Description: The LSM303DLMTR is a triple axis MEMS accelerometer combined with a triple axis magnetic sensor. This arrangement allows for the LSM303 to perform 6D orientation detection. You can communicate with the sensor using a simple I2C interface. Analog supply voltage should be between 2.16 to 3.6VDC.
Check below for a breakout board!
+- 2/4/8 g dynamically selectable full-scale
+-1.3 to +- 8.1 Gauss magnetic field full-scale
Digital supply voltage IOs: 1.8 V
16-bit data out
This is Honeywell’s HMC5883L, a 3-axis digital magnetometer designed for low-field magnetic sensing. The sensor has a full-scale range of ±8 Guass and a resolution of up to 5 milli-Gauss.
Supplied voltage should be between 2.16 and 3.6VDC.
Communication with the HMC5883L is simple and all done through an I2C interface. All registers and operating modes are well described in the datasheet below.
Comes in a low-height, LCC surface mount package. For a breakout board, see below.
Simple I2C interface
2.16-3.6VDC supply range
Low current draw
5 milli-gauss resolution
MP3 decoding is now even easier! This is the popular VS1011 single-chip MP3 audio decoder from VLSI is a LQFP package! It contains a high-performance, low-power DSP processor core VS DSP4, working data memory, 5.5kBytes of program or data RAM for for user applications, serial control and input data interfaces, and a high-quality oversampling variable-sample-rate stereo DAC.
VS1011 receives its input bitstream through a serial input bus. The input stream is decoded and passed to an 18-bit oversampling, multi-bit, sigma-delta DAC and earphone driver. The control commands of the device are tran..
The latest and greatest MP3 decoding from VLSI. The VS1033 is a single-chip MP3/AAC/WMA/MIDI audio decoder and ADPCM encoder. It contains a high-performance, proprietary low-power DSP processor core VS_DSP4, working data memory, 5 KiB instruction RAM and 0.5 KiB data RAM for user applications, serial control and input data interfaces, upto 8 general purpose I/O pins, an UART, as well as a high-quality variable-sample-rate mono ADC and stereo DAC, followed by an earphone amplifier and a common buffer.
VS1033 features special Headphone Sound Externalization feature (EarSpeaker) that processes ..
The VS1003 from VLSI is a single-chip MP3/WMA/MIDI audio decoder and ADPCM encoder. Central to the IC is a high-performance, low-power DSP processor core VS DSP4. It’s loaded with features: working data memory, 5kB instruction RAM and 0.5kB data RAM for user applications, serial control and input data interfaces, 4 general purpose I/O pins, a UART. Also, a high-quality, variable-sample-rate, mono ADC and stereo DAC, followed by an earphone amplifier and a ground buffer
Comes in an LQFP-48 pin package.
MPEG 1 & 2 audio layer III (CBR +VBR +ABR)
WMA 4.0/4.1/7/8/9 all pr..
The MPU-6000 is a serious little piece of motion processing tech! By combining a MEMS 3-axis gyroscope and a 3-axis accelerometer on the same silicon die together with an onboard Digital Motion Processor™ (DMP™) capable of processing complex 9-axis MotionFusion algorithms, the MPU-6000 does away with the cross-axis alignment problems that can creep up on discrete parts. The parts’ integrated 9-axis MotionFusion algorithms can even access external magnetometers or other sensors through an auxiliary master I2C or SPI bus, allowing the devices to gather a full set of sensor data without intervent..
The Texas Instruments MSP430 family of ultralow-power microcontrollers consist of several devices featuring different sets of peripherals targeted for various applications. The architecture, combined with five low power modes is optimized to achieve extended battery life in portable measurement applications. The device features a powerful 16-bit RISC CPU, 16-bit registers, and constant generators that attribute to maximum code efficiency. The digitally controlled oscillator (DCO) allows wake-up from low-power modes to active mode in less than 6?s.
The MSP430x11x2 and MSP430x12x2 series are u..
VS1000 is a single-chip Ogg Vorbis (license-free audio codec) player. VS1000 contains a high-performance low-power DSP core VS_DSP4, Nand flash interface, full speed USB port, general purpose I/O pins, SPI, UART, as well as a high-quality variable-sample-rate stereo DAC, and an earphone amplifier and a common voltage buffer. The device also features internal voltage regulators and voltage monitor. VS1000 can be powered from one supply voltage.
VS1000 firmware implements a default player that reads and plays files from the Nand Flash. Only Nand Flash memory, crystal and PSU are needed to buil..
This is the PIC16F877A SMD IC Flash Microcontroller. This little chip was once used in our old Wall Clock Controller and while we were moving we discovered a few of these leftover ICs.
The PIC16F877A features 256 bytes of EEPROM data memory, self programming, an ICD, 2 Comparators, 8 channels of 10-bit Analog-to-Digital (A/D) converter, 2 capture/compare/PWM functions, the synchronous serial port can be configured as either 3-wire Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) or the 2-wire Inter-Integrated Circuit (I2C) bus and a Universal Asynchronous Receiver Transmitter (UART). All of these features m..
The Propeller P8X32A chip is designed to provide high-speed processing for embedded systems while maintaining low current consumption and a small physical footprint. Instead of trying to funnel all of your operations through one CPU, the Propeller runs eight separate 32-bit cores (called “cogs”) so you can perform several functions in parallel! Each cog has direct access to the system clock and all GPIO pins simultaneously as well as round-robin access to 64K shared memory (32K RAM/32K ROM) Each of the Propeller’s eight cogs also has two dedicated hardware counters and two special “video regis..
This is a 10-pack of 20MHz resonators in a tiny SMD package. Resonators function like crystals but stick closer to their specified frequency over a full temperature range. These resonators possess an initial frequency tolerance of ±0.5% and a load capacity of 15pF.
These specific resonators were once used in a multitude of our products but, sadly, are no longer needed. We have made them available at a drastically reduced price for anyone who could possibly use one (or 10) of these handy little ICs.
Note: Since this product belongs to our Ding & Dent category, once we are out of stock we will..
WIZnet’s W5100 is a full-featured, single-chip, Internet-enabled 10/100 Ethernet controller designed for embedded applications where ease of integration, stability, performance, area and system cost control are required. The W5100 has been designed to facilitate easy implementation of Internet connectivity without an OS. The W5100 is IEEE 802.3 10BASE-T and 802.3u 100BASE-TX compliant.
The W5100 includes a fully hardwired TCP/IP stack and integrated Ethernet MAC & PHY. Hardwired TCP/IP stack supports TCP, UDP, IPv4, ICMP, ARP, IGMP and PPPoE which has been proven in various applications for ..
MAXIM IC MAX6675 Cold Junction Compensated K-Type Thermocouple to Digital Converter. This simple 8-pin SOIC IC attaches directly to any K-Type Thermocouple and interfaces via a SPI read-only interface.
Works great with 8-pin SOIC to DIP adapters.
0C to +1024C
Minimal 2-wire digital interface
Sold as a cut-tape of 5 pieces. This is a popular IC that combines a PNP and NPN transistors, as well as two base resistors and two pull-up resistors, all into one small Mini6 package (very similar to the SOT-457 package). We use this little IC for level translation and logic inversion on the SMD Shifter board but has a multitude of uses. Will work with SOT23 Breakout Board.
Documents: Datasheet (IMD2AT108)
Sold as a cut-tape of 5 Pieces...
This simple Transistor Array pack contains three SMD ULN2803 ICs from Texas Instruments. Each of these tiny ICs consists of eight NPN Darlington pairs that feature high-voltage outputs with common-cathode clamp diodes for switching a board’s inductive loads with a collector current of 500mA. Each ULN2803 can absolutely be connected in parallel to achieve higher current capability.
The ULN2803 chips in the Transistor Array are ideal when used in applications like relay drivers, hammer drivers, lamp drivers, display drivers (LED and gas discharge), line drivers, and logic buffers. Additionally,..
The ever popular FTDI USB to UART IC now comes with built-in EEPROM and built-in oscillator! This IC comes in a 28-pin SSOP package and can be soldered by hand. The FT232R is the latest IC from FTDI requiring very few external components for operation!
Breakout board now available below.
Implements full v2.0 USB protocol
Needs no external crystal
Requires only decoupling caps
Internal EEPROM for device ID and Product Description strings
Royalty-Free Driver support for Windows, Linux, and Mac OSX
FT232R Datasheet v1.04
FTClean (for removing extraneou..
The NCP303 is an ultra?low current voltage detector that contains a programmable time delay generator. These devices are specifically designed for use as reset controllers in portable microprocessor based systems where extended battery life is paramount. It features a highly accurate undervoltage detector with hysteresis and an externally programmable time delay generator. This combination of features prevents erratic system reset operation.
Quiescent Current of 0.5 uA Typical
High Accuracy Undervoltage Threshold of 2.0%
Externally Programmable Time Delay Generator
Wide Operating ..
This is a strip of five TXB0108 SMD ICs, which function as bidirectional voltage level translators, from Texas Instruments. These 8-bit noninverting translators use two separate yet configurable power-supply rails, with 1.2V to 3.6V on the A Port and 1.65V to 5.5V on the B Port. This allows for universal low-voltage bidirectional translation between any of the 1.2V, 1.5V, 1.8V, 2.5V, 3.3V and 5V voltage nodes. As each of these ICs is SMD, a high level of skill in soldering is required — please be aware of this before purchase.
These ICs are considered a “Ding and Dent” item. We have no reason..
The BD10KA5W is a low-saturation regulator with an output voltage precision of ±1%. It also has built-in overcurrent protection that prevents the destruction of the IC, due to output short circuits and a thermal shutdown circuit.
Max Output Current : 500mA
Output Voltage Precision : 1.0V ±1%
Built-in Overcurrent Protection Circuit
Built-in Thermal Shutdown Circuit
Operating Temperature Range : -40C to +105C
The ADXL345 is a small, thin, low power, three-axis MEMS accelerometer with high resolution (13-bit) measurement up to ±16g. Digital output data is formatted as 16-bit twos complement and is accessible through either a SPI (3- or 4-wire) or I2C digital interface.
The ADXL345 is well suited for mobile device applications. It measures the static acceleration of gravity in tilt-sensing applications, as well as dynamic acceleration resulting from motion or shock. Its high resolution (4mg/LSB) enables resolution of inclination changes of as little as 0.25°.
Several special sensing functions are..
This is a 1A Adjustable SOT-223 voltage regulator capable of outputting 1.2V to 18V. The LM1117 uses the same pin-out and setup as the popular LM317 adjustable regulator, contained in a handy surface mount package. Requires two external resistors to function.
SFE Eagle Library has this part!
Check out our Unregulated Power Supply Tutorial
Texas Instruments CD74HC4067 16-Channel multiplexer. What can you do with it? How about taking an analog to digital reading from 16 devices with only 1 ADC channel and 4 control pins. That’s right, 16 for the price of 5! 24-Pin SSOP package. Works great with our 28-Pin SSOP to DIP adapters.
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