Our products are divided into five different categories:
See the tutorial for an explanation of how everything works together.
Bricks are 4 x 4cm (1.57 x 1.57") boards equipped with a preprogrammed 32-bit ARM microcontroller, a Mini-USB port, two status LEDs, connectors for stacking and up to four connectors for Bricklets. There are Bricks that perform complex sensor tasks (e.g. IMU Brick), communicate (e.g. Master Brick) and drive motors (e.g. DC Brick).
Bricks can be assembled into a stack. A Master Brick at the bottom of a stack is responsible for the communication all boards within the stack. This master routes the messages between the boards in the stack and the PC (Programming Interface). For the user, the stack behaves as if all Bricks were connected separately over USB with the PC. See the stacking tutorial for more information about stacks.
|DC||Drives one brushed DC motor with max. 28V and 5A|
|Debug||For Firmware Developers: JTAG and serial console|
|IMU||Full fledged AHRS with 9 degrees of freedom|
|Master||Is the basis to build stacks and has 4 Bricklet Ports|
|Servo||Drives up to 7 RC Servos with max. 3A|
|Stepper||Drives one bipolar stepper motor with max. 38V and 2.5A per phase|
Bricklets can be used to extend the features of Bricks. There are Bricklets to measure physical quantity such as rotation, voltage, current and ambient light as well as Bricklets for control purposes such as switching relays, digital input/output and alphanumeric output on LCDs.
Unlike Bricks, Bricklets have no fixed size. Each Bricklet has the minimum size possible. Each Brick has up to four connectors for Bricklets.
On startup a Brick detects connected Bricklets. The Bricklet plugins, stored in the EEPROM of the Bricklet, are loaded into the flash of the Brick. This adds new functions to the Brick, that can then be used from the PC.
See Programming Interface for more information.
|Ambient Light||Measures ambient light up to 900lux|
|Analog In||Measures voltages up to 45V (DC)|
|Analog Out||Generates configurable voltages up to 5V|
|Barometer||Measures air pressure and altitude changes|
|Breakout||Makes all Bricklet signals available|
|Current12||Bidirectional current sensor for up to 12.5A|
|Current25||Bidirectional current sensor for up to 25A|
|Distance IR||Measures distances up to 150cm with IR light|
|Distance US||Measures distances from 2cm to 400cm with ultrasound|
|Dual Button||Two tactile buttons with built-in blue LEDs|
|Dual Relay||Two relays to switch AC/DC devices|
|GPS||Determine position, velocity and altitude|
|Hall Effect||Detects presence of magnetic field|
|Humidity||Measures relative humidity|
|Industrial Digital In 4||4 galvanically isolated digital inputs|
|Industrial Digital Out 4||4 galvanically isolated digital outputs|
|Industrial Dual 0-20mA||Senses two currents between 0 and 20mA (IEC 60381-1)|
|Industrial Quad Relay||4 galvanically isolated solid state relays|
|IO-16||16-channel digital input/output|
|IO-4||4-channel digital input/output|
|Joystick||2-axis joystick with push-button|
|LCD 16x2||16x2 character alphanumeric display with blue backlight|
|LCD 20x4||20x4 character alphanumeric display with blue backlight|
|LED Strip||Controls up to 320 RGB LEDs|
|Line||Measures the reflectivity of a surface|
|Linear Poti||59mm linear potentiometer|
|Moisture||Measures moisture between two probes|
|Motion Detector||Passive Infrared Motion Sensor, 7m range|
|Multi Touch||Capacitive Touch Sensor for 12 electrodes|
|Piezo Buzzer||Creates 1kHz beep|
|Piezo Speaker||Creates beep with configurable frequency|
|PTC||Reads temperatures from Pt100/1000 sensors|
|Remote Switch||Controls remote mains switches|
|Rotary Encoder||360° rotary encoder with push-button|
|Rotary Poti||300° rotary potentiometer|
|Segment Display 4x7||Four 7-segment displays with switchable colon|
|Sound Intensity||Measures sound intensity|
|Temperature||Measures ambient temperature with 0.5°C accuracy|
|Temperature IR||Measures contactless object temperature from -70°C to 380°C|
|Tilt||Detects inclination of Bricklet (tilt switch open/closed)|
|Voltage||Measures voltages up to 50V (DC)|
|Voltage/Current||Measure power, voltage and current up to 720W/36V/20A|
For the Programming Interface concept, Master Bricks route messages between Bricks and the PC. To establish a connection between a PC and the Master Brick, typically the USB port is used. Master Extensions can be utilized to change the interface of a Master Brick. There are cable based and wireless Master Extensions available. From a programming perspective the different interfaces are transparent. A stack with Master Extension behaves as if every board in the stack would be directly connected to the PC over an USB connection.
This means: You can develop an application with all boards independently connected to the PC over USB. Later you can stack these boards together to stacks, add Master Bricks and cable based or wireless Extensions and you can run the previously written code without any changes.
|Chibi Extension||Wireless Chibi Master Extension|
|Ethernet Extension||Cable based Ethernet Master Extension|
|RS485 Extension||Cable based RS485 Master Extension|
|WIFI Extension||Wireless WIFI Master Extension|
A stack can be powered by the master of the stack over its USB connection. This option is limited by the USB specification to 500mA. A large stack may need more power than 500mA.
To provide greater currents, Power Supplies are available. These boards power the stack and can additionally be used to supply the power for driver Bricks (e.g. DC Brick). Power Supplies have the same size as Bricks and are stacked in at the bottom of the stack.
|Step-Down Power Supply||Powers a stack of Bricks with 5V|