MCP3021-RK (community library)


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Name MCP3021-RK
Version 0.0.1
Installs 152
License MIT
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Particle driver for MCP3021 10-bit I2C ADC

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Particle library for MCP3021 I2C 10-bit ADC

I'm not sure why you'd need this, as the Particle Photon and Electron already have a lot of ADC inputs. I originally did this because I thought I might need an ADC at the end of a long-range I2C bus, but you never know when you might need it so here it is.

The Microchip MCP3021 is a tiny (SOT-23-5), inexpensive (US$1.12 in single quantities) 10-bit ADC with an I2C interface. It operates on from 2.7V to 5.5V, which can also be handy.

I got mine from Digikey but they're widely available.

One issue is that it's only available in the SMT SOT-23-5 package, so it's intended to be included directly on your board. For prototyping, you could use a SOT-23-5 breakout, or build your own.

I built a tiny circuit board for this purpose that contains the chip and two I2C pull-up resistors. The Eagle CAD schematic and layout are included in the eagle directory.

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This ADC is fast - it samples during the I2C transaction, so you can call it as often as you want.

Sample program

Here's a simple sample program to read the ADC:

#include "Particle.h"

#include "MCP3021-RK.h"

const unsigned long SAMPLE_PERIOD_MS = 1000;

MCP3021 adc(Wire);
bool haveChip = false;
unsigned long lastSample = 0;

void setup() {

void loop() {
if (millis() - lastSample >= SAMPLE_PERIOD_MS) {
lastSample = millis();

if (!haveChip) {
haveChip = adc.check();
Serial.printlnf("haveChip=%d", haveChip);
if (haveChip) {
Serial.printlnf("value=%u", adc.getSample());
} else {
Serial.println("no MCP3021 detected");

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