This 8-Channel power FET driver allows high-current loads to be controlled from a Particle Electron using I2C communications.
This device uses eight BUK98150-55A power FETs, allowing cloud control of 8 channels of High-Power LED or incandescent lighting from anywhere in the world.
The BUK98150-55A is capable of switching up to 55VDC and 5.5 Amps of current (8 Watts of Heat Dissipation), making it an ideal choice for most low-voltage DC lighting applications.
The MCP23008 GPIO chip is used as a driver for this controller, making communications easy and expandable to up to 8 devices on a single I2C port.
Take control of your DC lighting from a smart phone using the Particle cloud infrastructure. The Particle Electron offers cellular communication capabilities, allowing access just about anywhere cellular service is available, use the Particle Cloud infrastructure to stay in communication with this device. Our development library makes it easy to control this device with minimal coding.
I2C expansion port makes it easy to add sensors or more controllers to a single Particle Electron.
This device was designed for resistive switching applications, but may be used for very light inductive applications, such as small hobby DC motors, or mechanical relays. We strongly encourage customers to use this version with resistive loads as much as possible. This controller is equipped with 8 Open Collector outputs. Open Collector outputs work by connecting an external load, such as a incandescent light or LED to ground under software control. Open Collector outputs are also known as low-side drivers, meaning they connect/disconnect the ground side of an external device. Because the outputs on this controller are open collector, every external load can operate at a different voltage, as long as all voltages are capable of sharing a common ground. See our wiring diagram for connection examples.
Not for use with AC power applications.
This device requires an external 12VDC Power Supply.
IoT Motherboard Compatibility
This is an I²C Master Device, capable of directly connecting to any of our Cross-Platform I²C Slave Devices using the I²C Output. It is directly compatible with:
If using a Particle module, the PKFR Key Fob Receiver overlay shield may be used.
This device may be converted for direct use with:
Arduino Nano using the Arduino Nano Adapter
Arduino Micro using the Arduino Micro Adapter
Onion Omega 1&2 using the OC Adapter
Pycom WiPy using the WiPy Adapter
Adafruit Huzzah ESP8266 using the Adafruit Huzzah Adapter
This device may be converted to an I²C slave device using the Slave Adapter, ideal for use with Raspberry Pi, Beaglebone, Arduino Uno, and BridgeX5.
Use the Slave Adapter and a Arduino Uno Interface Adapter
Use the Slave Adapter and a Arduino Nano I²C Shield
Use the Slave Adapter and plug into any Arduino Nano Master Device
Use the Slave Adapter and plug into any Arduino Micro Master Device
Raspberry Pi Interfaces:
Use the Slave Adapter and a Raspberry Pi I²C Interface Adapter
Use the Slave Adapter and a Raspberry Pi 2/3 I²C Interface Adapter
Use the Slave Adapter and a Raspberry Pi Zero I²C Interface Adapter