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SparkFun Qwiic Pro Micro - USB-C (ATmega32U4)

Here at SparkFun, we refuse to leave 'good enough' alone. That's why we're adding to our line-up of Arduino-compatible microcontrollers once more! The SparkFun Qwiic Pro Micro is a revision of the original Pro Micro and is, overall, functionally the same as the previous version. The board is the same size as the original Pro Micro but we added a few additional features by shrinking down some components on the board such as a reset button, Qwiic connector, USB-C, and castellated pads (this makes it really handy for you custom keyboard creators out there)! Think the Pro Mini except with an ATmega32U4 on board and full USB functionality.

This tiny little board does all of the neat-o Arduino tricks that you're familiar with: nine channels of 10-bit ADC, five PWM pins, 12 DIOs as well as hardware serial connections Rx and Tx. Running at 5V and 16MHz, this board will remind you a lot of your other favorite Arduino-compatible boards but this little guy can go just about anywhere. There is a voltage regulator on board so it can accept voltage up to 6VDC. If you're supplying unregulated power to the board, be sure to connect to the "RAW" pin on not VCC.

The benefit of the reset button is to quickly reset the board or place it into bootloader mode without the need to take out a piece of jumper wire. The USB micro-b connector has been replaced with the USB type C connector. The through-hole pads have castellated edges for each pin to add a lower profile in your projects should you decide to build it into another assembly during production. Finally, a Qwiic connector is populated on the bottom of the board to easily add Qwiic enabled I2C devices to your projects!

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The SparkFun Qwiic Connect System is an ecosystem of I2C sensors, actuators, shields and cables that make prototyping faster and less prone to error. All Qwiic-enabled boards use a common 1mm pitch, 4-pin JST connector. This reduces the amount of required PCB space, and polarized connections mean you can’t hook it up wrong.

  • ATmega32U4 running at 5V/16MHz
  • AP2112 3.3V Voltage Regulator
  • Supported under Arduino IDE v1.0.1+
  • On-Board USB-C connector for programming
  • PTH Pads w/ Castellated Edges
  • 9x 10-bit ADC pins
  • 12x Digital I/Os (5 are PWM capable)
  • Hardware Serial Connections
    • UART (i.e. Rx and Tx)
    • Qwiic Connector for I2C
    • SPI
  • Small Arduino-Compatible Board
  • Reset Button
  • Dimensions: 1.3in x 0.7in

SparkFun Qwiic Pro Micro - USB-C (ATmega32U4) Product Help and Resources

Qwiic Pro Micro USB-C (ATmega32U4) Hookup Guide

February 6, 2020

An overview of the ATmega32U4-based Qwiic Pro Micro USB-C, how to install it, and how to use it with Arduino.

Core Skill: Soldering

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1 Soldering

Skill Level: Noob - Some basic soldering is required, but it is limited to a just a few pins, basic through-hole soldering, and couple (if any) polarized components. A basic soldering iron is all you should need.
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Core Skill: Programming

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2 Programming

Skill Level: Rookie - You will need a better fundamental understand of what code is, and how it works. You will be using beginner-level software and development tools like Arduino. You will be dealing directly with code, but numerous examples and libraries are available. Sensors or shields will communicate with serial or TTL.
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Core Skill: Electrical Prototyping

If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.

2 Electrical Prototyping

Skill Level: Rookie - You may be required to know a bit more about the component, such as orientation, or how to hook it up, in addition to power requirements. You will need to understand polarized components.
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  • Nice board - I will definitely be picking up a few for embedding into other projects!

    One bit of feedback: I don't see level shifters on the Qwiic port, which is fine for I2C since that is an open drain arrangement and VIL, VIH, and VOL are all suitable for 3.3V devices.

    However, a programming error could configure PD0 or PD1 as outputs driven high. In that case, the voltage on the Qwiic SDA/SCL lines would go up to near Vcc. The spec sheet says VOH is ≥ 4.2V @10mA if Vcc is 5V, and presumably it would go ≥ 5.2V if you run Vcc all the way to the limit.

    It is worth documenting this assumption, since a programming error could cause the Qwiic bus to go out-of-spec and potentially damage sensitive I2C devices.

  • if you set the solder-jumper to 3.3V operation the ATMEGA 32U4 still runs on 16MHz ? According to the Datasheet the max. allowed clock-frequency for 3.3V operation is 8MHz

    • Yep. We're overclocking it (out of spec) at 16MHz/3.3V. We've done this on a few thousand units and haven't seen issues but your mileage may vary.

  • Please Break out PF1(ADC1) and PF0(ADC0) to pads on the board surface! They have functions like differential ADC that are not on any other pins.

  • The one thing i find disappointing is the lack of PC7 being broken out. Would have made my life a bit easier at using Timer4 to it's fullest, oh well. time to learn how to work with the invert !OC4A pin and implement a work-around. Shouldn't be hard. Luckily i don't need those PWM pins in sync. Though may have to keep in mind in future. Timer4 really is the reason i want to use the ATmega32u4 as it can take its clock of the PLL used to generate 96Mhz for USB. Allowing for the kind of PWM frequency normally only seen on 96mhz ARM controllers!

    BTW: Have you guys ever noticed the Typo in the graphical datasheets? For years OC4A is on it as OCA4.

    • I think if you submit a "request" through the issues tab in the GitHub repository and state your case... that might be a more visible platform for the engineers to take into consideration, if we have a revision of the board. That being said, there are a limited number of pins that can be broken out for such a small form factor, so I think it was a trade off the engineer had to make.

  • I emailed to sparkfun on friday and had yet no luck to receive any reply from them. Hi there! How are you all doing? I would appreciate some help here. I am very new to Programmable LED RGB lights.However, I am very fascinated by it. I would like Sparkfun to help me select a complete kit that would enable me to create a programmable RGB Strip/Strips that shows/displays various beautiful patterns at the touch of a button. But I want the whole thing available at a convenient (much less) price if possible. So please email me back regarding my query if you may.... Thanks.

  • Does anyone know what boot loader this uses?

  • Bricked two of these trying get the drivers right. The information was there I just misapplied it. Got it right on the third try. Tried the de-bricking procedures in docs with no luck.

    • Hey there. It looks like we found your forum post. We will look into this issue and assist you as soon as possible. Cheers!

  • will there be a 3.3V /8MHz version? According to this guide 8MHz is recommended for 3.3V for projects where low power consumption is key.

    (https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/reducing-arduino-power-consumption) "reducing the clock speed of the microcontroller can shave a few milliamps off the supply current. "

  • Will there be a 3.3V / 8MHz version? I know there's a jumper for 3.3V operation, but there are applications where having it run at an 8MHz frequency is preferential.

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Very nice board

I purchased this board as my first Qwiic compatible board, and I am very pleased with it. I had some issues soldering the headers, and wish that there was a version with pre-attached headers. The board is responsive, and the Sparkfun Board tool worked well. Thanks Sparkfun!