The product has been retired. We recommend you use the Qwiic Mux Board instead. The Mux Board works with any platform rather than a specific Arduino board.
The Qwiic Mux Shield for Arduino - PCA9548A enables communication with multiple I2C devices that have the same address. Some I2C devices have a selectable address, but many have only one. What if you want to control multiple haptic drivers, multiple accelerometers, or multiple finger sensors? The PCA9548A is a very easy to use multiplexer enabling up to 8 buses. This means you can communicate with 8 of the same device. The PCA9548A can be daisy chained as well, so, if needed, you can use up to eight of the shields at the same time enabling a whopping 64 buses.
This shield has the the PCA9548A powered at 3.3V with all 8 ports powered at 3.3V as well. The master (Arduino) can operate at 3.3 or 5V.
How do I use the PCA9548A? It's surprisingly easy. Over I2C, you tell the device which port you want to talk to, for example port 3. After that, whatever I2C traffic happens gets sent to port 3. By switching back and forth between ports, it's easy to talk to multiple devices that have the same address!
What is the difference between the PCA9548A and TCA9548A? Very little. PCA is made by NXP, TCA is made by TI. PCA can operate from 2.3 to 5.5V, TCA can operate from 1.65 to 5.5V. Everything else is identical.
Additionally, there is a large prototyping area with paired holes! Each pair has a horizontal trace connecting them that enables a DIP package or components to be wired together. A white silkscreen line indicates the location of each trace. This trace can be cut with a knife to break the connection if needed.
This product includes the R3 stackable headers to connect to the Arduino Uno, RedBoard, and many other Arduino compatible devices.
The Qwiic system enables fast and solderless connection between popular platforms and various sensors and actuators. You can read more about the Qwiic system here. We carry 200mm, 100mm, 50mm, and breadboard friendly Qwiic cables.
We do not plan to regularly produce SparkX products so get them while they’re hot!
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The connectors that solder to the senor PCB were not available and I did not want to cut a cable to get the connector to solder wires ( I have known how to solder for 40 years so that is not the issue) to the sensor device. Shouldn't have to do that, Won't be buying much from spark fun as it is not fun to not get a refund for my purchase because they failed to not tell me they did no have the proper connectors.
I should have been notified that connectors were not available when I placed my order. Marty K