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SparkFun USB-C Breakout

With this USB breakout you will finally be able to incorporate a USB-C connector into your projects without needing to solder each tiny SMD pad. The SparkFun USB-C Breakout supplies up to three times the power as previous USB iterations and also solves the universally frustrating dilemma of plugging a USB cable in correctly because it's reversible!

This board breaks out the USB-C connector's VBUS, GND, CC1, CC2, D+, and D- pins intro a 0.1" pitch header while providing up to a nominal 1.5A of power and up to 3A depending on the upstream device.

  • Dimensions: 22.1mm x 14mm x 4.9mm (0.87in x 0.55in x 0.19in)
  • Weight: 1.35g

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  • Excuse if I'm being dense in this question, but my limited understanding with USB-C is that it needs to negotiate type to work, can this board be used to provide 5v power without needing a negotiation or is there another step required to use this for providing a 5v power output?

  • What is the part number or datasheet link for the USB-C Connector on this board ?

  • Unfortunate that the D+/D- lines are shorted together on the board, in a given USB-C connection only one of the pairs of lines are typically actively used (D+/D- on top a.k.a. A6-A7, or D+/D- on bottom a.k.a. B6-B7), it would be nice to be able to use the inactive pair for other purposes. I'd like to see both lines broken out with an optional on-board jumper to choose if they are shorted together or not.

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Worked for my application

I was using this to convert my wyze camera into a usb camera for a 3d printer enclosure. That way i could go directly into a raspberry pi with the data so octo pi could host the stream, and i could provide power via an external power supply. All while only using 1 cable. Wish there where 3d cad models of it so i could make a enclosure easier and more accurate then what i did. im not sure if thats really a complaint or just a nice to have but all other documentation was there. The microchip paper they link isn't the newest and it has most of the usb c spec explained in there. Not a great paper but easy enough to understand.

Handy for any project on a breadboard!

I used this on a breadboard project because I had left over wall wart 5 Volt power supplies with USB-C Connectors. Worked great and powered the project fine with no additional voltage regulation.

I use this BOB and the mini USB BOB now to power most of my projects. I did make a few BOB’s of my own. Printed the boards and populated, but frankly for the price from spark fun its not worth the time or effort.