MicroMod Data Logging Carrier Board Hookup Guide

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Introduction

The MicroMod Data Logging Carrier Board is similar the SparkFun Logomatic to offer users a dedicated data logging board but adds the ability for you to pick a MicroMod Processor to customize it for your next data logger project. The Data Logging Carrier board was designed specifically for low power control and sensor data harvesting with the MicroMod ecosystem.

SparkFun MicroMod Data Logging Carrier Board

SparkFun MicroMod Data Logging Carrier Board

DEV-16829
$19.95

The Data Logging Carrier Board allows you to control power to both the Qwiic connector on the board as well as a dedicated power pin for non-Qwiic peripherals such as serial UART or SPI devices so you can pick and choose when to power the peripherals you are monitoring the data from. It also features a charging circuit for single-cell Lithium-ion batteries along with an RTC battery-backup circuit to maintain power for a real-time clock circuit on your Processor Board.

Required Materials

Like all of our MicroMod Carrier Boards, there is no processor included but instead you can plug in a Processor of your choice to the MicroMod M.2 connector on the carrier. Below are a few options to choose for your processor:

SparkFun MicroMod ESP32 Processor

SparkFun MicroMod ESP32 Processor

WRL-16781
$16.95
SparkFun MicroMod SAMD51 Processor

SparkFun MicroMod SAMD51 Processor

DEV-16791
$18.95
SparkFun MicroMod Artemis Processor

SparkFun MicroMod Artemis Processor

DEV-16401
$14.95

You'll also need a USB-C cable to connect the Carrier Board to your computer to program your Processor and for serial USB communication. If you want to add some Qwiic breakouts to your MicroMod project you'll want at least one Qwiic cable to connect it all together. Below are some options for both of those cables:

SparkFun Qwiic Cable Kit

SparkFun Qwiic Cable Kit

KIT-15081
$7.95
12
Qwiic Cable - 100mm

Qwiic Cable - 100mm

PRT-14427
$1.50
USB 3.1 Cable A to C - 3 Foot

USB 3.1 Cable A to C - 3 Foot

CAB-14743
$4.95
3
Reversible USB A to C Cable - 2m

Reversible USB A to C Cable - 2m

CAB-15424
$7.95

Along with a Processor, the pertinent cables and sensors or other items you intend to log the data from, you'll need a microSD card. Lastly, if you would like to have your MicroMod Data Logging project be battery powered, you'll want a single-cell Lithium-ion battery. Below are a few options for both of those accessories:

Lithium Ion Battery - 1Ah

Lithium Ion Battery - 1Ah

PRT-13813
$9.95
7
Lithium Ion Battery - 2Ah

Lithium Ion Battery - 2Ah

PRT-13855
$12.95
7
microSD Card - 16GB (Class 10)

microSD Card - 16GB (Class 10)

COM-15051
$19.95
microSD Card with Adapter - 32GB (Class 10)

microSD Card with Adapter - 32GB (Class 10)

COM-14832
$24.95

Suggested Reading

The SparkFun MicroMod ecosystem is designed to allow users to customize their project to their needs. Do you want to send your logged data via a wireless signal (eg. Bluetooth or WiFi)? There's a MicroMod processor for that. Looking to instead maximize efficiency and processing power? You guessed it, there's a MicroMod processor for that. If you are not familiar with the SparkFun MicroMod system, take a look here:

If you aren't familiar with the MicroMod ecosystem, we recommend reading here for an overview:

MicroMod Logo
MicroMod Ecosystem

We also recommend reading through the following tutorials if you are not familiar with the concepts covered in them:

Serial Communication

Asynchronous serial communication concepts: packets, signal levels, baud rates, UARTs and more!

Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI)

SPI is commonly used to connect microcontrollers to peripherals such as sensors, shift registers, and SD cards.

SD Cards and Writing Images

How to upload images to an SD card for Raspberry Pi, PCDuino, or your favorite SBC.

Getting Started with MicroMod

Dive into the world of MicroMod - a compact interface to connect a microcontroller to various peripherals via the M.2 Connector!