Centipede Shield

Centipede Shield description:

The Centipede Shield uses the Wire I2C interface on analog pins 4 and 5 to provide 64 general purpose I/O pins. Any pin can be configured for input or output. The shield uses four Microchip MCP23017 16-pin digital I/O expander chips.

By default, the power for all chips on the Centipede Shield is drawn from the Arduino 5V bus. This is selected by the PWR jumper, shorting the 5V position. If a large number of loads will be powered by the Centipede Shield output pins, such as a large number of LEDs, then it may be necessary to use an external power source to prevent damage to the Arduino 5V regulator or the computer’s USB port.

Centipede Shield description:

Centipede Shield specification:

Type: Arduino Shield
Function: Add 64 general purpose I/O pins
Works with: Centipede Breakout, Centipede Breadboard Breakout
Fits: Arduino Diecimila, Duemilanove, Seeeduino, etc.
Power Supply: 5V (from Arduino) and/or external power source (5V or use optional regulator)
Pin Usage: Analog 4, 5 (for Wire/I2C; 5V, GND
Inputs: Up to 64 digital inputs, COM, VIN, AUX+
Outputs: Up to 64 digital outputs, 4 pin change interrupts
Other features: Optional passthrough female headers, I2C address select

Centipede Shield pinout:

Centipede ShieldNote:
The Centipede Shield uses the official Arduino designation of I2C pins, namely the alternate functions of Analog 4 and 5 on the original Arduino pin configuration. While the Centipede Shield is in use, the analog input functions of Analog 4 and 5 cannot be used.


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