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The Thermocouple (I2C version)

This is the documentation page for the Thermocouple, that you can buy in the BitWizard shop.


The board has 4 pins, which can be changed to input or output.

Assembly instructions

None: the board comes fully assembled.


Although the specifications for the FETs allow a larger current, it is not recommended to exceed the 1A as the contacts of the connectors are not rated for so much, also the PCB is not equipped for such large currents. But if you need to drive several loads in sequence 1A per port is comfortably possible.

The manufacturer specifies the maximum current for the case where each fet has the whole board available as a heatsink.

Possible Configurations

External resources


Additional software

Related projects


For the SPI connector see: SPI_connector_pinout.

The output connector is connected as follows:

pin function
2 OUT0
4 OUT1

The jumper has: 1: GND, 2: DEV POWER, 3: 5V (from SPI).

Put the jumper on 2-3 to use the SPI power (from the arduino? i.e. from USB? -> max at most 400 mA!)

Use a connector on 1-2 to provide a more powerful power source for the devices that the board drives.


Power connector

The connector SV2 allows you to connect the "power source".

(*) The datasheet for the used transistors mentions "20V", but is is always prudent to keep some margin.

If you want 5V as the power source, you could put a jumper on pin 2-3. In that case you will have to be aware that you're using the 5V power from the rest of the system. This will be limited by e.g. USB power limits, other devices on the SPI bus, cable thickness and connector capability. But for low-current 5V applications this might be useful.

Jumper settings

See solder jumpers on how to change the solder jumper.

By changing the solder jumper SJ1, you can make the connector nearest the board edge into the ICSP programming connector for the attiny44 on the board.

Powering Thermocouple

Although some BitWizard boards will work with 3.3V as the power supply, the Thermocouple board needs to be supplied with 5V as this voltage is used to drive.


To make the Thermocouple be useful, you need to send things over the SPI or I2C bus to the PCB.

The general overview of the protocol is here.

The specific commands for the Thermocouple PCB are explained on the page about the spi_dio board, as the two boards share the same protocol: DIO_protocol . Where the SPI_DIO drives an output high, the Thermocouple board will drive the output pin LOW when the pin is driven active.

For arduino, a sample PDE is available, called ardemo_lcd.pde, also at the BitWizard software download directory .

This is a demo to send things using SPI to the lcd board. The SPI routines there are applicable for the dio and Thermocouple boards as well.

The software

Default operation

Future hardware enhancements

Future software enhancements

Useful links

The Thermocouple BitWizard shop page
Analog inputs
DIO protocol
SPI connector pinout