August 10, 2012 AT 9:00 am

Partfinder Friday! MCP3008 #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi

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Partfinder Friday! MCP3008.

The Raspberry Pi doesn’t come with ADCs, so we picked out this simple DIP ADC chip – its super handy for whenever you need to add another 8 channels of analog input, and it runs at 3 or 5V logic/power. We found the interface trivial for any controller where you can bitbang a few bits of digital I/O.

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How-to: Use analog Inputs for Raspberry Pi using the MCP3008

Teaching the Raspberry Pi how to read analog inputs is easier than you think! The Pi does not include a hardware analog to digital converter, but a external ADC (such as the MCP3008) can be used along with some bit banged SPI code in python to read external analog devies. Here is a short list of some analog inputs that could be used with this setup.

Read more & this goes great with our MCP3008 – 8-Channel 10-Bit ADC With SPI Interface.


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