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ADC 16 Click with Fusion for ARM v8

Published Jun 01, 2023

Click board™

ADC 16 Click

Development board

Fusion for ARM v8


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Hardware Overview

How does it work?

ADC 16 Click is based on the ADS7142-Q1, a high-performance two-channel analog-to-digital converter (ADC) from Texas Instruments. The ADS7142-Q1 represents a dual-channel, 12-bit programmable sensor monitor with an integrated 140kSPS SAR-ADC, input multiplexer, digital comparator, data buffer, accumulator, and internal oscillator. The input multiplexer can be configured as two single-ended channels, one single-ended channel with remote ground sensing, or one pseudo-differential

channel where the input can swing to approximately half the value of its analog supply input. ADC 16 Click communicates with MCU using the standard I2C 2-Wire interface to read data and configure settings. Besides, the ADS7142-Q1 allows choosing the least significant bit (LSB) of its I2C slave address using the SMD resistors labeled R8 and R9. This Click board™ also implements event-triggered interrupts per channel, labeled as RDY and ALR and routed on the AN and INT pins of the mikroBUS™ socket, using a

digital window comparator with programmable high and low thresholds, hysteresis, and event counter. This Click board™ can only be operated with a 3.3V logic voltage level. The board must perform appropriate logic voltage level conversion before using MCUs with different logic levels. However, the Click board™ comes equipped with a library containing functions and an example code that can be used as a reference for further development.

ADC 16 Click top side image
ADC 16 Click lateral side image
ADC 16 Click bottom side image

Features overview

Development board

Fusion for ARM v8 is a development board specially designed for the needs of rapid development of embedded applications. It supports a wide range of microcontrollers, such as different ARM® Cortex®-M based MCUs regardless of their number of pins, and a broad set of unique functions, such as the first-ever embedded debugger/programmer over WiFi. The development board is well organized and designed so that the end-user has all the necessary elements, such as switches, buttons, indicators, connectors, and others, in one place. Thanks to innovative manufacturing technology, Fusion for ARM v8 provides a fluid and immersive working experience, allowing access anywhere and under any

circumstances at any time. Each part of the Fusion for ARM v8 development board contains the components necessary for the most efficient operation of the same board. An advanced integrated CODEGRIP programmer/debugger module offers many valuable programming/debugging options, including support for JTAG, SWD, and SWO Trace (Single Wire Output)), and seamless integration with the Mikroe software environment. Besides, it also includes a clean and regulated power supply module for the development board. It can use a wide range of external power sources, including a battery, an external 12V power supply, and a power source via the USB Type-C (USB-C) connector.

Communication options such as USB-UART, USB HOST/DEVICE, CAN (on the MCU card, if supported), and Ethernet is also included. In addition, it also has the well-established mikroBUS™ standard, a standardized socket for the MCU card (SiBRAIN standard), and two display options for the TFT board line of products and character-based LCD. Fusion for ARM v8 is an integral part of the Mikroe ecosystem for rapid development. Natively supported by Mikroe software tools, it covers many aspects of prototyping and development thanks to a considerable number of different Click boards™ (over a thousand boards), the number of which is growing every day.

Fusion for ARM v8 horizontal image

Microcontroller Overview

MCU Card / MCU



8th Generation


ARM Cortex-M4

MCU Memory (KB)


Silicon Vendor

Texas Instruments

Pin count


RAM (Bytes)


Used MCU Pins

mikroBUS™ mapper

Data Ready Interrupt
Power Supply
Event Alert Interrupt
I2C Clock
I2C Data

Take a closer look


ADC 16 Click Schematic schematic

Step by step

Project assembly

Fusion for PIC v8 front image hardware assembly

Start by selecting your development board and Click board™. Begin with the Fusion for ARM v8 as your development board.

Fusion for PIC v8 front image hardware assembly
GNSS2 Click front image hardware assembly
SiBRAIN for PIC32MZ1024EFK144 front image hardware assembly
GNSS2 Click complete accessories setup image hardware assembly
v8 SiBRAIN Access MB 1 - upright/background hardware assembly
Necto image step 2 hardware assembly
Necto image step 3 hardware assembly
Necto image step 4 hardware assembly
NECTO Compiler Selection Step Image hardware assembly
NECTO Output Selection Step Image hardware assembly
Necto image step 6 hardware assembly
Necto image step 7 hardware assembly
Necto image step 8 hardware assembly
Necto image step 9 hardware assembly
Necto image step 10 hardware assembly
Necto PreFlash Image hardware assembly

Track your results in real time

Application Output

After pressing the "FLASH" button on the left-side panel, it is necessary to open the UART terminal to display the achieved results. By clicking on the Tools icon in the right-hand panel, multiple different functions are displayed, among which is the UART Terminal. Click on the offered "UART Terminal" icon.

UART Application Output Step 1

Once the UART terminal is opened, the window takes on a new form. At the top of the tab are two buttons, one for adjusting the parameters of the UART terminal and the other for connecting the UART terminal. The tab's lower part is reserved for displaying the achieved results. Before connecting, the terminal has a Disconnected status, indicating that the terminal is not yet active. Before connecting, it is necessary to check the set parameters of the UART terminal. Click on the "OPTIONS" button.

UART Application Output Step 2

In the newly opened UART Terminal Options field, we check if the terminal settings are correct, such as the set port and the Baud rate of UART communication. If the data is not displayed properly, it is possible that the Baud rate value is not set correctly and needs to be adjusted to 115200. If all the parameters are set correctly, click on "CONFIGURE".

UART Application Output Step 3

The next step is to click on the "CONNECT" button, after which the terminal status changes from Disconnected to Connected in green, and the data is displayed in the Received data field.

UART Application Output Step 4

Software Support

Library Description

This library contains API for ADC 16 Click driver.

Key functions:

  • adc16_single_register_write This function writes a single data to the selected register.

  • adc16_single_register_read This function reads a single data from the selected register.

  • adc16_get_voltage This function reads the voltage from two analog input single-ended channels.

Open Source

Code example

This example can be found in NECTO Studio. Feel free to download the code, or you can copy the code below.

 * @file main.c
 * @brief ADC16 Click example
 * # Description
 * This example demonstrates the use of ADC 16 click board by reading 
 * the voltage from the two analog input channels.
 * The demo application is composed of two sections :
 * ## Application Init
 * Initializes the driver and performs the click default configuration which
 * sets the two analog input channels to single-ended mode.
 * ## Application Task
 * Reads and displays the voltage from the two analog input channels 
 * on the USB UART approximately every 100ms.
 * @author Stefan Filipovic

#include "board.h"
#include "log.h"
#include "adc16.h"

static adc16_t adc16;
static log_t logger;

void application_init ( void ) 
    log_cfg_t log_cfg;  /**< Logger config object. */
    adc16_cfg_t adc16_cfg;  /**< Click config object. */

     * Logger initialization.
     * Default baud rate: 115200
     * Default log level: LOG_LEVEL_DEBUG
     * @note If USB_UART_RX and USB_UART_TX 
     * are defined as HAL_PIN_NC, you will 
     * need to define them manually for log to work. 
     * See @b LOG_MAP_USB_UART macro definition for detailed explanation.
    LOG_MAP_USB_UART( log_cfg );
    log_init( &logger, &log_cfg );
    log_info( &logger, " Application Init " );

    // Click initialization.
    adc16_cfg_setup( &adc16_cfg );
    ADC16_MAP_MIKROBUS( adc16_cfg, MIKROBUS_1 );
    if ( I2C_MASTER_ERROR == adc16_init( &adc16, &adc16_cfg ) ) 
        log_error( &logger, " Communication init." );
        for ( ; ; );
    if ( ADC16_ERROR == adc16_default_cfg ( &adc16 ) )
        log_error( &logger, " Default configuration." );
        for ( ; ; );

    log_info( &logger, " Application Task " );

void application_task ( void ) 
    float ain0_voltage, ain1_voltage;
    if ( ADC16_OK == adc16_get_voltage ( &adc16, &ain0_voltage, &ain1_voltage ) )
        log_printf ( &logger, " AIN0 voltage: %.3f V \r\n", ain0_voltage );
        log_printf ( &logger, " AIN1 voltage: %.3f V \r\n\n", ain1_voltage );
        Delay_ms ( 100 );

void main ( void ) 
    application_init( );

    for ( ; ; ) 
        application_task( );

// ------------------------------------------------------------------------ END

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