This level converter was purchased with the intention to help interface various modules with my Raspberry Pi but here I’m using it with this GPS module (GoodLuckBuy “Skylab GPS Module MT3329 SKM53 with Embedded GPS Antenna Arduino Compatible” SKU: 86236). It uses LVTTL (0 – 3.3V) for its serial RXD and TXD pins. I thought I’d be able to use it without reading the datasheet or tutorials but I struggled with the Output Enable (OE) and with the need for both VCCA and VCCB. In short VCCA needed to go to 5V, VCCB to 3.3V (both on the Arduino) and OE can be left floating / connect to VCCB (I’ve just read there is a 10k pull-up resistor on this pin).
The GPS did work without the level converter so I might steal this part if I need it elsewhere.
Adafruit has had paid day off for voting for our team for years, if you need help getting that going for your organization, let us know – we can share how and why we did this as well as the good results. Here are some resources for voting by mail, voting in person, and some NY resources for our NY based teams as well. If there are additional resources to add, please let us know – adafruit.com/vote
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.