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Simplify lighting management with APDS-9006-020 combined with PIC32MX534F064H

Whispers of illuminance

Ambient 10 Click with PIC32MX clicker

Published Sep 24, 2023

Click board™

Ambient 10 Click

Development board

PIC32MX clicker


NECTO Studio



Join the future of smart technology with our ambient light sensing solution, designed to make life more comfortable and efficient



Hardware Overview

How does it work?

Ambient 10 Click is based on the APDS-9006-020, an analog-output ambient light photo sensor from Broadcom Limited. It consists of a photosensor whose spectral response is close to the CIE standard photopic observer. Hence, it provides an excellent responsivity close to the human eyes' response. It has stable performance over a wide temperature and voltage range. It is characterized by good output linearity across a wide illumination range and low sensitivity variation across various light sources suitable to sense the amount of the present ambient light. The analog output signal of the APDS-9006-020 can be converted to a digital

value using MCP3221, a successive approximation A/D converter with a 12-bit resolution from Microchip using a 2-wire I2C compatible interface, or can be sent directly to an analog pin of the mikroBUS™ socket labeled as AN. Selection can be performed by onboard SMD jumper labeled as A/D SEL to an appropriate position marked as AN and ADC. The MCP3221 provides one single-ended input with low power consumption, a low maximum conversion current, and a Standby current of 250μA and 1μA, respectively. Data can be transferred at up to 100kbit/s in the Standard and 400kbit/s in the Fast Mode. Also, maximum

sample rates of 22.3kSPS with the MCP3221 are possible in a Continuous-Conversion Mode with a clock rate of 400kHz. This Click board™ can operate with either 3.3V or 5V logic voltage levels selected via the VCC SEL jumper. This way, both 3.3V and 5V capable MCUs can use the communication lines properly. Also, this Click board™ comes equipped with a library containing easy-to-use functions and an example code that can be used as a reference for further development.

Ambient 10 Click top side image
Ambient 10 Click bottom side image

Features overview

Development board

PIC32MX Clicker is a compact starter development board that brings the flexibility of add-on Click boards™ to your favorite microcontroller, making it a perfect starter kit for implementing your ideas. It comes with an onboard 32-bit PIC32 microcontroller, the PIC32MX534F064H from Microchip, a USB connector, LED indicators, buttons, a mikroProg connector, and a header for interfacing with external electronics. Thanks to its compact design with clear and easy-recognizable silkscreen markings, it provides a fluid and immersive working experience, allowing access

anywhere and under any circumstances. Each part of the PIC32MX Clicker development kit contains the components necessary for the most efficient operation of the same board. In addition to the possibility of choosing the PIC32MX Clicker programming method, using USB HID mikroBootloader, or through an external mikroProg connector for PIC, dsPIC, or PIC32 programmer, the Clicker board also includes a clean and regulated power supply module for the development kit. The USB Mini-B connection can provide up to 500mA of current, which is more

than enough to operate all onboard and additional modules. All communication methods that mikroBUS™ itself supports are on this board, including the well-established mikroBUS™ socket, reset button, and several buttons and LED indicators. PIC32MX Clicker is an integral part of the Mikroe ecosystem, allowing you to create a new application in minutes. Natively supported by Mikroe software tools, it covers many aspects of prototyping thanks to a considerable number of different Click boards™ (over a thousand boards), the number of which is growing every day.

PIC32MX clicker double side image

Microcontroller Overview

MCU Card / MCU




MCU Memory (KB)


Silicon Vendor


Pin count


RAM (Bytes)


Used MCU Pins

mikroBUS™ mapper

Analog Output
Power Supply
I2C Clock
I2C Data
Power Supply

Take a closer look


Ambient 10 Click Schematic schematic

Step by step

Project assembly

STM32 M4 clicker front image hardware assembly

Start by selecting your development board and Click board™. Begin with the PIC32MX clicker as your development board.

STM32 M4 clicker front image hardware assembly
Thermo 26 Click front image hardware assembly
Prog-cut hardware assembly
Mini B Connector clicker - upright/background hardware assembly
Necto image step 2 hardware assembly
Necto image step 3 hardware assembly
Necto image step 4 hardware assembly
Necto image step 5 hardware assembly
Necto image step 6 hardware assembly
Necto_MCU_Select_PICPLC16 hardware assembly
Necto No Display image step 8 hardware assembly
Necto image step 9 hardware assembly
Necto image step 10 hardware assembly
Debug Image Necto Step hardware assembly

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Application Output

After loading the code example, pressing the "DEBUG" button builds and programs it on the selected setup.

Application Output Step 1

After programming is completed, a header with buttons for various actions available in the IDE appears. By clicking the green "PLAY "button, we start reading the results achieved with Click board™.

Application Output Step 3

Upon completion of programming, the Application Output tab is automatically opened, where the achieved result can be read. In case of an inability to perform the Debug function, check if a proper connection between the MCU used by the setup and the CODEGRIP programmer has been established. A detailed explanation of the CODEGRIP-board connection can be found in the CODEGRIP User Manual. Please find it in the RESOURCES section.

Application Output Step 4

Software Support

Library Description

This library contains API for Ambient 10 Click driver.

Key functions:

  • ambient10_set_vref - This function sets the voltage reference for Ambient 10 Click driver

  • ambient10_read_adc_voltage - This function reads raw 12-bit ADC data and converts it to voltage by using I2C serial interface

  • ambient10_voltage_to_lux - This function calculates illuminance (lux) based on the voltage input.

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 Ambient 10 Click Example.
 * # Description
 * This example demonstrates the use of Ambient 10 click board.
 * The demo application is composed of two sections :
 * ## Application Init
 * Initializes the driver and sets the voltage reference.
 * ## Application Task
 * Reads the ADC voltage and then calculates the illuminance from it.
 * The calculated value of illuminance in lux is being displayed on the USB UART approximately once per second. 
 * @author Stefan Filipovic

#include "board.h"
#include "log.h"
#include "ambient10.h"

static ambient10_t ambient10;       /**< Ambient 10 Click driver object. */
static log_t logger;                /**< Logger object. */

void application_init ( void )
    log_cfg_t log_cfg;              /**< Logger config object. */
    ambient10_cfg_t ambient10_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 );
    Delay_ms( 100 );
    log_info( &logger, " Application Init " );

    // Click initialization.
    ambient10_cfg_setup( &ambient10_cfg );
    AMBIENT10_MAP_MIKROBUS( ambient10_cfg, MIKROBUS_1 );
    if ( ADC_ERROR == ambient10_init( &ambient10, &ambient10_cfg ) )
        log_error( &logger, " Application Init Error. " );
        log_info( &logger, " Please, run program again... " );

        for ( ; ; );
    ambient10_set_vref( &ambient10, AMBIENT10_VREF_3V3 );
    log_info( &logger, " Application Task " );

void application_task ( void ) 
    float voltage = 0;
    if ( AMBIENT10_OK == ambient10_read_an_pin_voltage ( &ambient10, &voltage ) )
        log_printf( &logger, " Illuminance : %u Lux\r\n\n", ambient10_voltage_to_lux( &ambient10, voltage ) );
    Delay_ms( 1000 );

void main ( void ) 
    application_init( );

    for ( ; ; ) 
        application_task( );

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

Additional Support