Learn what a logic level is, and how to interface between different technologies, with a few of our tutorials!
August 7, 2019 1:00 pm UTC
Not all boards use the same voltage for logic levels. Before connecting your microcontroller or single board computer to a device, make sure that you understand logic levels with our tutorial!
Learn the difference between 3.3V and 5V devices and logic levels.
Don't forget to check out a few of the examples below using a logic level converter to protect your I/O pins and ensure safe communication between different devices.
Single Supply Logic Level Converter Hookup Guide
The Single Supply Logic Converter allows you to bi-directionally translate signals from a 5V or 3.3V microcontroller without the need for a second power supply! The board provides an output for both 5V and 3.3V to power your sensors. It is equipped with a PTH resistor footprint for the option to adjust the voltage regulator on the low side of the TXB0104 for 2.5V or 1.8V devices.
You can also add a transistor or relay to control devices operating at higher voltages like the tutorials listed below!
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It's an excellent tutorial for the beginner, though I have one minor quibble:
TTL first started appearing in the 1960s, and there were others earlier than TTL. If you include the rare vacuum tube logic, you can easily double the "30 years".