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SwipeSwitch Click with EasyPIC v7a

Published Dec 29, 2023

Click board™

SwipeSwitch Click

Development board

EasyPIC v7a


NECTO Studio



To simplify interactions and improve accessibility, our solution leverages the power of capacitive touch, gesture recognition, and proximity sensing, providing users with a natural and responsive way to engage with their devices



Hardware Overview

How does it work?

SwipeSwitch Click is based on the IQS266, an integrated trackpad controller circuit featuring ProxSense® and IQ Switch® technologies from Azoteq. This integrated touch controller features two receivers and three transmitters, allowing a 2x3 capacitive touch trackpad to be formed. Using a specific trace pattern on the PCB, the Click board™ can sense several swipe gestures, offering several different configuration parameters. By employing well-proven ProxSense® and IQ Switch® technologies, the IQS266 device can provide reliable touch detection in various environmental conditions. It uses the industry-standard I2C communication interface, with the additional RDY pin for the event signaling and communication protocol handshaking routines. Besides five capacitive touch-sensing electrodes, the IQS266 integrates a single proximity channel. This channel can wake the device from standby mode when the user approaches the touch panel, ensuring a low overall power consumption that way. CH0 is a dedicated proximity/touch channel, and it is treated as a separate channel group in the IQS266 settings. Both proximity and touch thresholds can be defined for this channel.

Automatic Tuning Implementation (ATI) ensures the optimal sensitivity of the sensing channels by monitoring the sampling values. The developer can set up the ATI targets for two groups of channels (channel 0 and channels 1-6). Once these targets are set, the ATI algorithm will try to match them, ensuring consistent behavior when used in various operating conditions. The ATI functionality can also be turned off/forced by the user to retune the sensor electrodes on demand. Otherwise, the IQS266 will automatically retune the electrodes whenever the counts drift outside a predefined ATI band to ensure optimal sensitivity. The RDY pin has two functions. It can be used as an interrupt event pin, signaling an event occurrence (when operated in the Event mode) or a "Data Ready" event. In this case, the RDY pin will be driven to a LOW logic level to signal an event, allowing it to generate an interrupt on the host MCU. However, the host MCU can pull the RDY pin down to initiate a communication window (communication protocol handshaking), requesting data from the device. The RDY pin is routed to the mikroBUS™ INT pin. The IQS266 can be set to operate in the Streaming or Event

modes. When operated in the Event mode, the RDY pin will indicate a communication window only after the selected event. There are several events: low power, swipe, tap, ATI, trackpad, touch, and proximity event. Each event is signalized by the RDY pin driven to a LOW logic level. More details about each event's RDY pin driving pattern can be found in the IQS266 datasheet. The IQS266 is very flexible, allowing many parameters to be tuned according to needs. These parameters include timeout periods for various modes (Zoom mode timeout, Low Power mode timeout, RDY timeout, and more), thresholds for various events and channels, some special sensing parameters, and such. The developer can set up these parameters by writing appropriate values to the registers of the IQS266 IC over the I2C interface. Please refer to the datasheet for a more detailed description of each register. However, the Click board™ is supported by a library of mikroSDK-compatible functions that simplify and speed up the development. It also comes with an example application that demonstrates their use.

SwipeSwitch Click top side image
SwipeSwitch Click bottom side image

Features overview

Development board

EasyPIC v7a is the seventh generation of PIC development boards specially designed for the needs of rapid development of embedded applications. It supports a wide range of 8-bit PIC microcontrollers from Microchip and has a broad set of unique functions, such as the first-ever embedded debugger/programmer over USB-C. The development board is well organized and designed so that the end-user has all the necessary elements in one place, such as switches, buttons, indicators, connectors, and others. With four different connectors for each port, EasyPIC v7a allows you to connect accessory boards, sensors, and custom electronics more efficiently than ever. Each part of the EasyPIC v7a 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 various external power sources, including an external 12V power supply, 7-23V AC or 9-32V DC via DC connector/screw terminals, and a power source via the USB Type-C (USB-C) connector. Communication options such as USB-UART and RS-232 are also included, alongside the well-

established mikroBUS™ standard, three display options (7-segment, graphical, and character-based LCD), and several different DIP sockets. These sockets cover a wide range of 8-bit PIC MCUs, from PIC10F, PIC12F, PIC16F, PIC16Enh, PIC18F, PIC18FJ, and PIC18FK families. EasyPIC v7a 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 v7a double side image

Microcontroller Overview

MCU Card / MCU




MCU Memory (KB)


Silicon Vendor


Pin count


RAM (Bytes)


Used MCU Pins

mikroBUS™ mapper

Power Supply
Data Ready
I2C Clock
I2C Data

Take a closer look


SwipeSwitch Click Schematic schematic

Step by step

Project assembly

EasyPIC v7a front image hardware assembly

Start by selecting your development board and Click board™. Begin with the EasyPIC v7a as your development board.

EasyPIC v7a front image hardware assembly
Rotary B 2 Click front image hardware assembly
MCU DIP 28 hardware assembly
EasyPIC v7a MB 2 - 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
EasyPIC PRO v7a Display Selection Necto Step 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 SliderSwitch Click driver.

Key functions:

  • swipeswitch_read_gestures - This function reads gestures

  • swipeswitch_read_x_coordinate - This function reads X coordinate

  • swipeswitch_read_y_coordinate - This function reads Y coordinate

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 SwipeSwitch Click example
 * # Description
 * This Click is based on integrated touch controller featuring 2 receivers and 3 transmitters, 
 * allowing a 2x3 capacitive touch trackpad to be formed. By using a specific trace pattern on the PCB, 
 * the Click board is able to sense several different swipe gestures, offering several different configuration parameters.
 * The demo application is composed of two sections :
 * ## Application Init 
 * Initialization and configuration of the chip for measurement
 * ## Application Task  
 * In the first test mode, it checks whether or not a new event ocurred (TAP or SWIPE). 
 * If it did, it writes out data regarding that event via UART.
 * In the second test mode, X and Y coordinates are being read and logged via UART.
 * \author MikroE Team
// ------------------------------------------------------------------- INCLUDES

#include "board.h"
#include "log.h"
#include "swipeswitch.h"

#define SWIPESWITCH_GESTURE_MODE        0    
#define SWIPESWITCH_POSITION_MODE       1                

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

static swipeswitch_t swipeswitch;
static log_t logger;

static uint8_t x_coordinate = 0;
static uint8_t y_coordinate = 0;
static uint8_t old_x_coordinate = 0;
static uint8_t old_y_coordinate = 0;
static uint8_t events = 0;
static uint8_t gestures = 0;
static uint8_t display_mode;

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

void application_init ( void )
    log_cfg_t log_cfg;
    swipeswitch_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.

    swipeswitch_cfg_setup( &cfg );
    swipeswitch_init( &swipeswitch, &cfg );
    Delay_ms( 300 );
    display_mode = SWIPESWITCH_GESTURE_MODE;
    if ( display_mode == SWIPESWITCH_GESTURE_MODE)
        log_printf( &logger, "<<< GESTURE MODE >>> \r\n" ); 
    else if ( display_mode == SWIPESWITCH_POSITION_MODE)
        log_printf( &logger, "<<< POSITION MODE >>> \r\n" ); 

void application_task ( void )
    if ( display_mode == SWIPESWITCH_GESTURE_MODE)
        events = swipeswitch_read_events( &swipeswitch );
        gestures = swipeswitch_read_gestures( &swipeswitch );

        if ( ( events & ( SWIPESWITCH_EVENT_SWIPE ) ) != 0 )
            if ( ( gestures & SWIPESWITCH_GESTURE_SWIPE_UP ) != 0 )
                log_printf( &logger, "SWIPE UP \r\n" );
            if ( ( gestures & SWIPESWITCH_GESTURE_SWIPE_DOWN ) != 0 )
                log_printf( &logger, "SWIPE DOWN \r\n" );
            if ( ( gestures & SWIPESWITCH_GESTURE_SWIPE_LEFT ) != 0 )
                log_printf( &logger, "SWIPE LEFT \r\n" );
            if ( ( gestures & SWIPESWITCH_GESTURE_SWIPE_RIGHT ) != 0 )
                log_printf( &logger, "SWIPE RIGHT \r\n" );
        else if ( ( events & ( SWIPESWITCH_EVENT_TAP ) ) != 0 )
            log_printf( &logger,"TAP \r\n" );
    else if ( display_mode == SWIPESWITCH_POSITION_MODE)
        x_coordinate = swipeswitch_read_x_coordinate( &swipeswitch );
        y_coordinate = swipeswitch_read_y_coordinate( &swipeswitch );

        if ( ( x_coordinate != old_x_coordinate) || ( y_coordinate != old_y_coordinate ) )
            log_printf( &logger,"Coordinate : (%u , %u)\r\n", (uint16_t) x_coordinate, (uint16_t) y_coordinate );

            old_x_coordinate = x_coordinate;
            old_y_coordinate = y_coordinate;
    Delay_ms( 300 );

void main ( void )
    application_init( );

    for ( ; ; )
        application_task( );

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

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