Frequently purchased with
I²CDriver
SPIDriver

I²CMini

by Excamera Labs
$14.50
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  • Fast transfer: sustained I²C transfers at 400 and 100 kHz
  • I²C pullups: programmable I²C pullup resistors, with automatic tuning
  • Dual I²C ports: one .1" header set, one standard Qwiic socket
  • Jumper: high-quality color coded 100mm Quicc jumper included
  • 3.3 V output: output levels are 3.3 V, all are 5 V tolerant
  • Supports all I²C features: 7- and 10-bit I²C addressing, clock stretching, bus arbitration
  • Sturdy componentry: uses an FTDI USB serial adapter, and Silicon Labs automotive-grade EFM8 controller
  • Usage reporting: reports uptime, temperature, and running CRC of all traffic
  • Open hardware: the design, firmware and all tools are under BSD license
  • Flexible control: GUI, command-line, C/C++, and Python 2/3 host software provided for Windows, Mac, and Linux

Specifications

  • Maximum power out current: up to 270 mA
  • Device current: up to 5 mA
  • Dimensions: 18 mm x 18 mm x 2 mm
  • Computer interface: USB 2.0, micro USB connector

All setup and technical information about I²CMini can be found in the User Guide.

用户指南 Chinese User Guide PDF.

For Windows, download the latest installer here.

For Mac, and Linux, install the driver from Python with:

  pip install i2cdriver

and run the GUI as i2cgui.py.

All design files and firmware are in the I²CDriver open source repository.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I²CMini is an easy-to-use, open source tool for controlling I²C devices over USB, 100% compatible with I²CDriver.

  • USB to I²C interface in a tiny 18x18mm board
  • I²C master, passive monitor and capture-to-PC supported at 400 kHz
  • Two I²C ports: one .1" header; one Qwiic
  • Supplied with 100mm Qwiic jumper set
  • Flexible control: GUI, command-line, C/C++, and Python 2/3 host software provided for Windows, Mac, and Linux

It uses a standard FTDI USB serial chip to talk to the PC, so no special drivers need to be installed. The board includes a separate 3.3 V supply, on-chip temperature monitoring, and programmable pullups for both I²C lines.

I²CMini is particularly well-suited for applications like IoT and drones, cleanly separating your SBC from the I²C bus. Because it is totally compatible with I²CDriver, you can develop on the I²CDriver and deploy on the I²CMini.

Like I²CDriver, it works equally well with Windows, Mac, and Linux. It uses a standard FTDI USB serial chip to talk to the PC, so no special drivers need to be installed. The board includes a separate 3.3 V supply for your I²C sensors and peripherals.

On the I²C side, I²CMini has the same four-pin header for connecting to peripherals as the I²CDriver. You can solder directly to this .1 " header, and because it is castellated, you can use I²CMini as a module to add instant USB access to an I²C subsystem.

I²CMini also has a Sparkfun Qwiic-compatible connector. Qwiic is a standard for connecting I²C networks without soldering.

I²CMini comes with free (as in freedom) software to control it from:

  • a GUI
  • the command-line
  • C and C++ using a single source file
  • Python 2 and 3, using a module

Like I²CDriver, it can both drive and listen on the I²C bus, and it has the same programmable pullup resistors for both I²C lines.

Who Needs It and Why?

If you want to connect an I²C peripheral to a CPU with USB, I²CMini is the ideal interface. Its straightforward Open Source hardware and software design make it the maker's choice.

Show I²C Devices Who's Boss

By controlling I²C hardware using the PC tools you're most comfortable with, you can get devices doing what you want in a fraction of the development time. Calibrating devices like accelerometers, magnetometers, and gyroscopes is much easier when done directly on the PC.

I²CMini ships with Python examples using small groups of I²C devices to make something useful.

A Tiny Bridge

At 2.1 g and 18 x 18 mm, the I²CMini will fit into the tinyiest projects, so after developing on the full-size I²CDriver, you can drop the I²CMini into small spaces like drones and IoT devices.

A Solid Platform for Your Embedded I²C Network

Because it uses the same proven firmware and toolchain as I²CDriver, I²CMini is the solid, reliable choice for driving your sensors and peripherals. It's a straightforward interface - it appears as a standard serial device - giving you a high level of portability and maintainability. There are no special drivers to install, so code for I²CMini and I²CDriver can work on any platform.