MicroView Hookup Guide

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Contributors: Joel_E_B, Marcus Schappi
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Quick Start Tutorials

The MicroView comes with preinstalled code to get you learning right out of the box without having to do any programming. Using just a few components, you can learn the ins and outs of the MicroView.

Setting Up Your MicroView

Identify Pin 1 of MicroView based on the following diagram, or refer back to the MicroView Overview section.

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In this guide, when there is a reference for Pin X of MicroView, it is referring to the above diagram’s pin number. For example, connect Pin 5 and Pin 8 of the MicroView.

First-Time Electronics Users

If this is your first time experimenting with electronics, you may want to read these other guides first.

How to Use a Breadboard

Welcome to the wonderful world of breadboards. Here we will learn what a breadboard is and how to use one to build your very first circuit.

Resistors

A tutorial on all things resistors. What is a resistor, how do they behave in parallel/series, decoding the resistor color codes, and resistor applications.

Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs)

Learn the basics about LEDs as well as some more advanced topics to help you calculate requirements for projects containing many LEDs.

Polarity

An introduction to polarity in electronic components. Discover what polarity is, which parts have it, and how to identify it.

MicroView with USB Programmer

The quickest way to get started is to use the USB programmer.

Insert the MicroView to the USB programmer. Then connect the female end of the USB extension cable to the factory USB programmer.

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Note that it is much easier to connect a USB extension cable if the MicroView is inserted into the end of the breadboard.

Connect the male end of the USB extension cable to the computer. The MicroView will power on, and the demo will start.

MicroView without USB Programmer

If you would like to use the MicroView without the USB Programmer, you will need the following (please note that the 9V battery and snap connector will need to be purchased separately):

Connect the required parts based on the diagram below. Plug in the battery connectors last. Once plugged in, the 9V battery will power the MicroView through the VIN pin (PIN 1).

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As soon as the MicroView is powered, the demo will start.

Learn How to Use MicroView

The MicroView comes pre-programmed with a few simple built-in tutorials to help you get use to inserting jumper wires, resistors and an LED. Skip these tutorials if you are already familiar with them. They will begin after the visual demo.

Note: The following examples are based on MicroView without the USB Programmer, if you have the USB Programmer, please ignore the battery, red jumper and black jumper. The MicroView gets its power supply from the USB Programmer via the USB cable connected to the computer.

Simple Tutorial 1

Follow the instruction displayed on the MicroView, and connect PIN 5 and PIN 8 of the MicroView with a jumper using the following diagram as reference:

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Once you have successfully connected PIN 5 and PIN 8 of the MicroView, a “Well done!” message will be displayed. To proceed to the next simple tutorial, remove the jumper.

Simple Tutorial 2

Follow the instruction displayed on the MicroView, and connect PIN 3 and PIN 8 of the MicroView with a jumper using the following diagram as reference:

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Once you have successfully connected PIN 3 and PIN 8 of the MicroView, a “Well done!” message will be displayed. To proceed to the next simple tutorial, remove the jumper.

Simple Tutorial 3

Follow the instruction displayed on the MicroView, and connect PIN 2 and PIN 8 of the MicroView with a jumper using the following diagram as reference:

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Once you have successfully connected PIN 2 and PIN 8 of the MicroView, a “Well done!” message will be displayed. To proceed to the next simple tutorial, remove the jumper.

Simple Tutorial 4

Follow the instruction displayed on the MicroView, and connect PIN 4 and PIN 8 of the MicroView with a 330Ω resistor using the following diagram as reference:

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Once you have successfully connected PIN 4 and PIN 8 of the MicroView with the resistor, a “Well done!” message will be displayed. To proceed to the next simple tutorial, remove the resistor.

Simple Tutorial 5

Follow the instruction displayed on the MicroView, and connect PIN 4 and PIN 8 of the MicroView with a 10KΩ resistor using the following diagram as reference:

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Once you have successfully connected PIN 4 and PIN 8 of the MicroView with the resistor, a “Well done!” message will be displayed. To proceed to the next simple tutorial, remove the resistor.

Simple Tutorial 6

Follow the instruction displayed on the MicroView, connect PIN 5 and PIN 8 of the MicroView with a 330Ω resistor using the following diagram as reference:

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With the resistor still at the same place, insert an LED with both of the pins at PIN 4 and PIN 5 of MicroView respectively using the following diagram as reference.

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Note: LEDs are polarized components. Make sure you insert the LED in the correct orientation.

The MicroView is able to detect if the LED is inserted with the correct polarity, and it will begin blinking the LED.

If the LED does not blink, remove the LED and turn the pins the other way round and connect them to PIN 4 and PIN 5 of the MicroView.

With that, you are now ready to upload code and begin building the experiments in this guide.


If you would like to load the Demo Sketch back on to the MicroView after you have uploaded any other code, you can find the MicroViewDemo.ino sketch in the MicroView Library Examples.

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