NEW PRODUCT – MCP23017 – i2c 16 input/output port expander
NEW PRODUCT – MCP23017 – i2c 16 input/output port expander! Add another 16 pins to your microcontroller using a MCP23017 port expander. The MCP23017 uses two i2c pins (these can be shared with other i2c devices), and in exchange gives you 16 general purpose pins. You can set each of 16 pins to be input, output, input with a pullup or open drain. There’s even the ability to get an interrupt via an external pin when any of the inputs change so you don’t have to keep polling the chip.
Use this chip from 2.7-5.5V (good for any 3.3V or 5V setup), and you can sink/source up to 20mA from any of the I/O pins so this will work for LEDs and such. Team it up with a high-power MOSFET if you need more juice. DIP package means it will plug into any breadboard or perfboard.
You can set the i2c address by tying the ADDR0-2 pins to power or ground, for up to 8 unique addresses. That means 8 chips can share a single i2c bus – that’s 128 I/O pins!
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This looks it could be very useful for a Raspberry Pi I/O breakout board since it has I2C but only a limited number of GPIO pins. I guess we’ll have to see once those tasty little boards finally make there way out into the world.
We’re actually working on a extension board for the Raspberry Pi with this IC, combined with a isolator to make sure you don’t kill you RPi if you accidentally make a mistake. As I don’t want to ‘sell’ our products on another company’s website, it might be best if you just find us in the Raspberry Pi wiki if you’re interested :).
(Disclaimer: we’re not related to the Raspberry Pi Foundation, nor to Adafruit)