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SparkFun Navigation Switch Breakout

This is a fully assembled simple breakout board for the surface mount 3-way switch. These switches are commonly found on handheld devices like MP3 players. This switch allows the user to navigate using up and down selections then select by pressing the plastic piece inwards. Capable of swtiching up to 1.2VA (360mA at 3.3V and 240mA at 5V).

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Core Skill: Soldering

This skill defines how difficult the soldering is on a particular product. It might be a couple simple solder joints, or require special reflow tools.

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: 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.

3 Electrical Prototyping

Skill Level: Competent - You will be required to reference a datasheet or schematic to know how to use a component. Your knowledge of a datasheet will only require basic features like power requirements, pinouts, or communications type. Also, you may need a power supply that?s greater than 12V or more than 1A worth of current.
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Looking for answers to technical questions?

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  • Any plans to include the Eagle files for the breakout board?

  • RyeMAC3 / about 10 years ago / 1

    Here's how to hook it up to an Arduino...check out my tutorial and sketch

  • jamesmcewan / about 11 years ago / 1

    any instructions/sample sketches for Arduino?

  • KTownsend / about 14 years ago / 1

    There is a useful discussion (for beginner's like me) on using this switch here, including some sample code with debouncing, etc.. The code is written for an Olimex LPC-P2148 board, and I toggle the two LEDs depending on whether the switch is up, down or depressed.

  • KTownsend / about 14 years ago / 1


    int main(void)
    IODIR1 &= 0x03800000; // P1.23...25 as inputs
    while (1)
    // Check button state
    if (!(IOPIN1 & 0x02000000)) // T (P1.25)
    // Select Button Pressed
    if (!(IOPIN1 & 0x01000000)) // 2 (P1.24)
    // Down Button Pressed
    if (!(IOPIN1 & 0x00800000)) // 1 (P1.23)
    // Up Button Pressed

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