Capacitive Touch Sensor Controller - MPR121QR2

The MPR121QR2 is an I2C driven capacitive touch sensor controller, capable of managing up to twelve electrodes. The chip also has eight LED driving pins, which, when not configured to control electrodes, can be used to drive LEDs. The device also features a 13th simulated electrode that represents the simultaneous charging of all the electrodes connected together to allow for increased proximity detection in a touch panel or touch screen array.

The MPR121QR2 can operate at anywhere from 1.71 to 3.6VDC. It's an Inter-Integrated Circuit (I2C) compliant device with an additional interrupt that is triggered any time a touch or release of a button is detected. The I2C address is also configurable via the ADDR pin.

It's a tiny chip, with a 0.4mm pitch and a 3x3mm footprint. Look for a breakout board coming soon!

  • 1.71 V to 3.6 V operation
  • 29 μA supply current at 16 ms sample period
  • 3 μA shutdown current
  • 12 electrodes
  • Continuous independent auto-calibration for each electrode input
  • Separate touch and release trip thresholds for each electrode, providing hysteresis and electrode independence
  • LED driver functionality with 8 shared LEDs
  • I2C interface, with IRQ output to advise electrode status changes
  • 3 mm x 3 mm x 0.65 mm 20 lead QFN package
  • -40°C to +85°C operating temperature range

Capacitive Touch Sensor Controller - MPR121QR2 Product Help and Resources

Core Skill: Soldering

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3 Soldering

Skill Level: Competent - You will encounter surface mount components and basic SMD soldering techniques are required.
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Core Skill: Programming

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3 Programming

Skill Level: Competent - The toolchain for programming is a bit more complex and will examples may not be explicitly provided for you. You will be required to have a fundamental knowledge of programming and be required to provide your own code. You may need to modify existing libraries or code to work with your specific hardware. Sensor and hardware interfaces will be SPI or I2C.
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  • Matt35 / about 12 years ago / 2

    ....must....have......break out board.......

  • TheTrustedOne / about 12 years ago / 2

    Definitly, breakout board please :)

  • KillerSpud / about 12 years ago / 2

    BOB PLZ!

  • Member #436898 / about 9 years ago / 1

    The best way I know of to solder tiny things like this is to attack the pins to it and solder them all together, then take a desoldering braid and it will take off the excess solder leaving you with nicely soldered pins.

  • Member #258256 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Could this be used to measure the PPM of water if you connected a PPM probe/voltage source to the water?

  • PindNET / about 10 years ago / 1

    Does anyone know if I can use this chip as pressure sensor, like in this video ? Thanks in advance

    • I don't think so. If you look at 5. on page 7, it describes how the touch and release detection works and its threshold based although then you start to think, how would it know what the value is if it couldn't function as a pressure sensor.

      Sorry I couldn't help, your best bet is to e-mail sparkfun tech support.

      You could use this, and its on sale!

  • Microman / about 11 years ago / 1

    I would never be able to solder this.

  • BrandonB / about 11 years ago / 1

    Does a socket for this IC package exist? What is the best way to solder it?

  • jaywar / about 12 years ago / 1

    awesome that the breakout board is almost done... can't wait!

  • TimHunt / about 12 years ago / 1

    I wanted to add my vote for a breakout board. Sounds like you're working on it - any approximate ETA?

  • Matt35 / about 12 years ago / 1

    hey actually, this is an opportunity to make my own break out you guys have any tutorials to make a break out board?

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