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EZ-Expander Kit

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EZ-Expander Kit
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EZ-Expander Kit

The EZ-Expander is an Arduino shield that makes it easy and inexpensive to add digital out… More>

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Product #: MKNTD1

The EZ-Expander is an Arduino shield that makes it easy and inexpensive to add digital output pins to your Arduino. This is accomplished by utilizing two 74HC595 shift registers. There are 16 new output pins on the shield (numbered 20-35), and the shield itself uses 3 existing Arduino pins to operate (pins 8, 12, and 13), so overall you get 13 additional output pins to use. Open source software library that makes it extremely easy to access the new pins 20-35 without having to worry about controlling the shift registers in your Arduino sketch. 

Note: Does not include the Arduino board. Basic soldering skills required.

  • One printed circuit board
  • Two 16-pin IC sockets
  • Two 74HC595 ICs
  • Two 1uF ceramic capacitors
  • One 16-pin female header
  • One 8x2 pin double row female header
  • One 16-pin male header
  • The new digital pins 20-35 can only be used for output, not input. They cannot source or sink as much current as normal Arduino pins. An Arduino pin can source/sink 40mA, but the outputs the EZ-Expander shield can only source/sink 6mA. This is still enough to light an LED with an appropriately sized resistor to limit the current (e.g. 470 ohms), and, of course, you can use transistors to drive higher loads. See the 74HC595 datasheet for specifications. All other Arduino pins are brought up to the top of the shield for easy access. Since pins 8 (latch), 12 (clock), and 13 (data) are used by the shield, they are not available for use and are marked with an 'X' on the silkscreen. Pins 8, 12, and 13 are chosen to control the shield as to not use up any PWM-capable pins (9, 10, 11).
    Build instructions can be found here.
    EZ-Expander software library here.

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