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Resources and Going Further

I2C is a relatively complex interface, and there are many resources out there to help you deal with it. Below are some of the more informative ones.

  • Wikipedia Article on I2C - Not great, but not a terrible place to start.
  • Standards Doc - Phillips Semiconductor became NXP a few years back; this is the official standards doc for I2C.
  • I2C primer - The official primer on I2C and related technologies.
  • Linux Tools for I2C - A nice set of tools for working with I2C and related buses in embedded Linux environments, like pcDuino or Raspberry Pi.

Need some inspiration for your next project? Check out some of these related tutorials:

SparkFun GPS Breakout - XA1110 (Qwiic) Hookup Guide

Figure out where in the world you are with the Qwiic SparkFun GPS Breakout - XA1110.

Qwiic Distance Sensor (RFD77402) Hookup Guide

The RFD77402 uses an infrared VCSEL (Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser) TOF (Time of Flight) module capable of millimeter precision distance readings up to 2 meters. It’s also part of SparkFun’s Qwiic system, so you won’t have to do any soldering to figure out how far away things are.

Qwiic Accelerometer (MMA8452Q) Hookup Guide

Freescale’s MMA8452Q is a smart, low-power, three-axis, capacitive micro-machined accelerometer with 12-bits of resolution. It’s perfect for any project that needs to sense orientation or motion. We’ve taken that accelerometer and stuck it on a Qwiic-Enabled breakout board to make interfacing with the tiny, QFN package a bit easier.

Qwiic Magnetometer (MLX90393) Hookup Guide

Figure out how magnetic fields are oriented, all without having to solder a thing.

To use I2C over long distances, check out the dedicated PCA9615 differential I2C bus extender.


Qwiic Differential I2C Bus Extender (PCA9615) Hookup Guide

May 31, 2018

Learn how to extend the range of your I2C communication bus with the Qwiic differential I2C bus extender (PCA9615 ) breakout board.

Or check out some of these blog posts for ideas: