An Industry Standard Made Better
With this 8 Channel 4-20mA ADC you can get the readings you need on the platforms you love. Need your Raspberry Pi to monitor your Sensors? Not a problem. Want easy Cloud Integration? Hook it up to a Photon. Like tried and true platforms? We support Arduino, Windows, and Linux. We want you to monitor your world, your way using simple plug and play.
This 4-20mA ADC combines the power and reliability of the popular industry standard with the adaptability and functionality of all of our I2C products.
Not only can you use and switch between today’s most popular platforms using swappable adapters, you can also expand and adapt your device’s functionality in a true Plug and Play System. The I2C port on the board allows you to chain multiple devices together. Need to add Relay Control? Just pop one of our I2C Relay Controllers onto the end of your I2C chain and in seconds it’ll jump to life at your command. We have hundreds of chainable I2C devices available.
This I2C 8-channel 4-20mA current receiver board is capable of reading 0-10V input voltage. It includes an onboard amplifier for signal conditioning. This board uses two MCP3428 to read the amplified signal. The MCP3428 is a 4-Channel Analog to Digital Converter with a configurable 12-Bit or 16-Bit resolution, ideally suited for low-speed high-resolution sensor monitoring. The MCP3428 is capable of reading analog voltages at 15 samples per second with 16-Bit resolution or 240 samples per second at 12-bit resolution. The MCP3428 has an x1, x2, x4, x8 programmable gain amplifier, making it an ideal choice for monitoring extremely low-voltage sensors. All 8 channels are capable of monitoring a full-scale range of 4-20mA, 0-40mA, 0-20mA. Up to 8 MCP3428 devices are capable of sharing a single I2C communication port, using three floating address inputs.
This 4-20mA current receiver board has two MCP3428 ADCs onboard, which must be jumper configured to different I2C addresses.
Note: Set MCP3428 gain to one to read 0-40mA Signal, set the gain at two to read 0-20mA and 4-20mA signals. Needs External Power Supply to power up the 4-20mA Device.
When resolution is set to 16bit
- at 4mA the raw ADC value will be around 5813
- at 20mA the raw ADC value will be around 29390.
What is the I2C Interface?
The supplier of plug and play modular hardware using the I2C Interface connector standard. It allows you to chain together several devices on the I2C bus, and communicate to each device individually at high speed (subject to the limitations of I2C). The I2C Interface uses a standard 4-Pin I2C Input and I2C Output connector. These devices communicate on the power of 5V I2C data and provide 5V DC power through this connector. The advanced embedded devices use standard I2C communications for all data transport, which is supported by nearly every microcontroller in production today. The I2C Interface is strictly a 5V standard, which is ideal for transport across longer cables. The device Package always includes a 6″ (152mm) 4-conductor I2C cable. The I2C based Mini Modules always include a 3″ (76mm) 4-conductor I2C cable. Cables and connectors are available separately for designers who would like to include their own I2C Interface into their designs.
Plug and Play Connectivity
The advanced Embedded devices will plug into any available I2C Output. This includes just about everything we make in the DCube Store IoT Category, including all the other IoT devices. We also supply a wide range of I2C adapters that make it easy to plug I2C Devices directly into most computing platforms. The advanced Interface adapters are available for Arduino, Banana Pi, BeagleBone, Bluz, C.H.I.P., ESP8266, Onion Omega, Particle Photon and Electron, PyCom, Raspberry Pi, 2, 3, and Zero, and Windows. We are always working to add new platform support for I2C devices. These Interface devices are compatible with just about everything in the microcontroller industry.
Unlimited I2C Expansion
Based on our plug-and-play I2C interface standard, all the I2C devices which are equipped with the above protocol output ports, making it easy to expand to a wide variety of sensors, current monitors, relay controllers, PWM controllers, and much more! We are always designing new expansions for our modular plug-and-play I2C framework. We are dedicated to building a product line of interconnected devices to simplify all forms of automation. Re-use or upgrade your hardware within seconds by selecting the modules that best fit your needs, and chaining them together using the included I2C expansion cables!
Powering I2C Interface Devices
Some I2C devices require an external power supply, others may be powered through the 4-Pin I2C bus connector at 5VDC, and other devices are jumper selectable between external and I2C bus power. All I2C mini-modules are powered through the 5V I2C bus connector, greatly simplifying connectivity.