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PROXIMITY 2 Click with Fusion for ARM v8

Published Jun 21, 2023

Click board™


Development board

Fusion for ARM v8


NECTO Studio



Enhance safety and efficiency with real-time detection of nearby objects or individuals



Hardware Overview

How does it work?

Proximity 2 Click is based on the MAX44000, a wide-dynamic range ambient light sensor with an integrated infrared proximity sensor from Analog Devices. Designed using proprietary BiCMOS technology, the MAX44000 combines three optical sensors, two A/D converters, and digital functionality into one package. A MAX44000's photodiode array converts the light to a current, processed by low-power circuitry into a digital value which is then stored in an output register and later read by an I2C serial interface. This feature allows the MAX44000 to replicate the human eye's optical response in various environments. The infrared proximity photodiodes are optimized for better sensitivity for

near-infrared signals, specifically 850nm, and can be used for proximity sensor measurements. The proximity sensing uses an external, pulsed infrared LED source, the SFH 4651-Z, to emit controlled amounts of infrared radiation. When the SFH 4651-Z reflects some of this infrared radiation to the MAX44000, it is detected by the integrated light detector and then used to determine the object's proximity to the sensor. It is essential to note that different objects at the same distance from the sensor can reflect different amounts of infrared radiation depending on their texture and color. The MAX44000 communicates with the MCU using the standard I2C 2-Wire interface with a maximum frequency of 400kHz. This Click board™

also supports a programmable interrupt feature, routed to the INT pin on the mikroBUS™ socket, that simplifies and improves system efficiency by eliminating the need to poll a sensor for a data (ambient light or proximity receive interrupt has occurred), resulting in a significant power saving. This Click board™ can be operated only 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.

PROXIMITY 2 Click hardware overview 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


Pin count


RAM (Bytes)


Used MCU Pins

mikroBUS™ mapper

Power Supply
I2C Clock
I2C Data

Take a closer look


PROXIMITY 2 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
Buck 22 Click front image hardware assembly
SiBRAIN for PIC32MZ1024EFK144 front image hardware assembly
v8 SiBRAIN 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

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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 Proximity 2 Click driver.

Key functions:

  • proximity2_read_prox - Read PROX Data Register function

  • proximity2_read_als - Read ALS Data Registers function

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 
 * \brief Proximity2 Click example
 * # Description
 * This is an example that shows the most important
 * functions that Proximity 2 click has.
 * The demo application is composed of two sections :
 * ## Application Init 
 * Configuring clicks and log objects.
 * Setting the click in the default configuration.
 * ## Application Task  
 * Shows the most important proximity and ambient value.
 * \author MikroE Team
// ------------------------------------------------------------------- INCLUDES

#include "board.h"
#include "log.h"
#include "proximity2.h"

// ------------------------------------------------------------------ VARIABLES

static proximity2_t proximity2;
static log_t logger;

static uint8_t proxi_val;
static uint16_t ambient;

// ------------------------------------------------------ APPLICATION FUNCTIONS

void application_init ( void )
    log_cfg_t log_cfg;
    proximity2_cfg_t cfg;

     * 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.

    proximity2_cfg_setup( &cfg );
    proximity2_init( &proximity2, &cfg );
    proximity2_default_cfg ( &proximity2 );
    log_info( &logger, "Application Init" );
    Delay_ms( 1000 );

void application_task ( void )
    proxi_val =  proximity2_read_prox ( &proximity2 );
    ambient = proximity2_read_als ( &proximity2 );

    log_printf( &logger, " Proximity ADC : %d \r\n", (uint16_t)proxi_val );
    log_printf( &logger, " Light    : %d \r\n", ambient );

    log_printf( &logger, "------------------\r\n" );
    Delay_ms( 300 );

void main ( void )
    application_init( );

    for ( ; ; )
        application_task( );

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

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