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Keylock 2 Click with EasyPIC v8

Published Oct 17, 2023

Click board™

Keylock 2 Click

Development board

EasyPIC v8


NECTO Studio



Delve into the cutting-edge technology of a switch keylock that offers three distinct output states and its implications for various applications



Hardware Overview

How does it work?

Keylock 2 Click is based on the SK13AEG13, a switch keylock from NKK Switches, with three position output states. The key can be removed from the lock in any of the three positions. The Click board package contains two keys and one protective cap. The SK13AEG13 key has hosing and brushing of high insulating material which withstands over 15 kilovolts of electrostatic discharge, thus providing antistatic protect for the main circuitry. This mechanism has mechanical life of 30,0000

cycles and electrical 20,0000 cycles with moving angle of 45° from position one to three there are no neutral positions. For switching task is in charge detent mechanism with its spring-operated steel ball, that gives district feel and crisp actuation for accurate switch setting as well as determining the exact position. This is very nice mechanical feedback that gives you more control during every switching movement. The SK13AEG13 casing is small and compact occupying very little

space on the PCB. Mouthing position of this mechanism in vertical (relative to PCB) with 9mm diameter smooth bushing on the top for elegant implementation. For interaction with the system this boards have three GPIO outputs connected to the mikroBUS™ pins for each position state keylock mechanism has. Logic level on the output pins can be selected with the VCC SEL jumper on the board (JP1) for the desired host board from 3.3V to 5V.

Keylock 2 Click top side image
Keylock 2 Click bottom side image

Features overview

Development board

EasyPIC v8 is a development board specially designed for the needs of rapid development of embedded applications. It supports many high pin count 8-bit PIC microcontrollers from Microchip, regardless of their number of pins, and a broad set of unique functions, such as the first-ever embedded debugger/programmer. 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, EasyPIC v8 provides a fluid and immersive working experience, allowing access anywhere and under any

circumstances at any time. Each part of the EasyPIC v8 development board contains the components necessary for the most efficient operation of the same board. In addition to the advanced integrated CODEGRIP programmer/debugger module, which offers many valuable programming/debugging options and seamless integration with the Mikroe software environment, the board 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 DEVICE, and CAN are also included, including the well-established mikroBUS™ standard, two display options (graphical and character-based LCD), and several different DIP sockets. These sockets cover a wide range of 8-bit PIC MCUs, from the smallest PIC MCU devices with only eight up to forty pins. EasyPIC 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.

EasyPIC v8 horizontal image

Microcontroller Overview

MCU Card / MCU




MCU Memory (KB)


Silicon Vendor


Pin count


RAM (Bytes)


Used MCU Pins

mikroBUS™ mapper

Keylock Position 1
Power Supply
Keylock Position 2
Keylock Position 3
Power Supply

Take a closer look


Keylock 2 Click Schematic schematic

Step by step

Project assembly

EasyPIC v8 front image hardware assembly

Start by selecting your development board and Click board™. Begin with the EasyPIC v8 as your development board.

EasyPIC v8 front image hardware assembly
Buck 22 Click front image hardware assembly
MCU DIP 40 hardware assembly
EasyPIC v8 DIP 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 DIP 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 Keylock 2 Click driver.

Key functions:

  • keylock2_get_pin_state - This function gets states of pins out1, out2 and out3 on Keylock 2 Click.

  • keylock2_get_position - This function gets Position (First, Second, Third) of pins out1, out2 and out3 on Keylock 2 Click.

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 Key Lock 2 Click example
 * # Description
 * Keylock 2 Click carries antistatic process sealed keylock mechanism that
 * has three positions.
 * The demo application is composed of two sections :
 * ## Application Init 
 * Initialization driver init.
 * ## Application Task  
 * Checks the current key position and logs the current position on the USB UART.
 * \author MikroE Team
// ------------------------------------------------------------------- INCLUDES

#include "board.h"
#include "log.h"
#include "keylock2.h"

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

static keylock2_t keylock2;
static log_t logger;

uint8_t old_position = 1;
uint8_t key_position;

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

void application_init ( void )
    log_cfg_t log_cfg;
    keylock2_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.

    keylock2_cfg_setup( &cfg );
    keylock2_init( &keylock2, &cfg );

void application_task ( void )
    key_position = keylock2_get_position( &keylock2 );
    if ( old_position != key_position )
        if ( key_position == KEYLOCK2_POSITION_1 )
            log_printf( &logger, " -- FIRST position -- \r\n " );
        else if ( key_position == KEYLOCK2_POSITION_2 )
            log_printf( &logger, " -- SECOND position -- \r\n " );
            log_printf( &logger, " -- THIRD position -- \r\n " );
        old_position = key_position;

    Delay_ms( 500 );

void main ( void )
    application_init( );

    for ( ; ; )
        application_task( );

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

Additional Support