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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  • 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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