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IR Beacon Click with EasyPIC v7

Published Nov 01, 2023

Click board™

IR Beacon Click

Development board

EasyPIC v7


NECTO Studio



Facilitate secure and high-speed data transfer between devices, supporting various data-sharing use cases



Hardware Overview

How does it work?

IR Beacon Click is based on the nine VSMB2948SLs, high-speed infrared emitting diodes from Vishay Semiconductors. The VSMB2948SL is a 940nm wavelength infrared emitting diode in a GaAIAs multi-quantum well (MQW) technology with high radiant power, high radiant intensity, and high speed molded in a clear untinted package with a lens. This kind of architecture allows the IR wave to have a half-intensity angle of ±25 degrees and a range of

up to half of a meter that can be increased by stacking multiple IR Beacon Clicks onto the same mikroBUS™ socket. The IR Beacon uses either UART or PWM lines of the mikroBUS™ socket, selected over the TX SEL jumpers, with PWM chosen by default, to allow the host MCU to transmit a signal to a target receiver. The mainboard MCU drives the infrared diodes through the MOD pin, providing a carrier signal that can be adjusted to match the frequency.

This Click board™ can operate with either 3.3V or 5V logic voltage levels selected via the PWR 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.

IR Beacon Click top side image
IR Beacon Click bottom side image

Features overview

Development board

EasyPIC v7 is the seventh generation of PIC development boards specially designed to develop embedded applications rapidly. It supports a wide range of 8-bit PIC microcontrollers from Microchip and has a broad set of unique functions, such as a powerful onboard mikroProg programmer and In-Circuit debugger over USB-B. 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 v7 allows you to connect accessory boards, sensors, and custom electronics more efficiently than ever. Each part of

the EasyPIC v7 development board contains the components necessary for the most efficient operation of the same board. An integrated mikroProg, a fast USB 2.0 programmer with mikroICD hardware In-Circuit Debugger, offers many valuable programming/debugging options and seamless integration with the Mikroe software environment. Besides it also includes a clean and regulated power supply block 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-B (USB-B) 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 v7 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 v7 horizontal image

Microcontroller Overview

MCU Card / MCU




MCU Memory (KB)


Silicon Vendor


Pin count


RAM (Bytes)


Used MCU Pins

mikroBUS™ mapper

Diodes Enable
Power Supply
Control Signal
Control Signal
Power Supply

Take a closer look


IR Beacon Click Schematic schematic

Step by step

Project assembly

EasyPIC v7 front image hardware assembly

Start by selecting your development board and Click board™. Begin with the EasyPIC v7 as your development board.

EasyPIC v7 front image hardware assembly
Rotary B 2 Click front image hardware assembly
MCU DIP 28 hardware assembly
EasyPIC v7 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

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 IR Beacon Click driver.

Key functions:

  • irbeacon_enable_mod - Enable MOD function

  • irbeacon_disable_mod - Disable MOD function

  • irbeacon_reset_mod - Reset MOD 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 IrBeacon Click example
 * # Description
 * This library contains an API for the IrBeacon Click driver.
 * This application is suitable for high pulse current operation.
 * The demo application is composed of two sections :
 * ## Application Init 
 * Enables GPIO and PWM, sets the frequency and duty cycle and enables PWM.
 * ## Application Task  
 * This is a example which demonstrates the use of IR Beacon Click board.
 * It shows how to enable the device and gradualy increase the duty cycle.
 * Results are being sent to the Usart Terminal where you can track their changes.
 * @author Nikola Peric
// ------------------------------------------------------------------- INCLUDES

#include "board.h"
#include "log.h"
#include "irbeacon.h"

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

static irbeacon_t irbeacon;
static log_t logger;

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

void application_init ( void )
    log_cfg_t log_cfg;
    irbeacon_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.

    irbeacon_cfg_setup( &cfg );
    irbeacon_init( &irbeacon, &cfg );
    irbeacon_pwm_start( &irbeacon );
    log_info( &logger, "---- Application Task ----" );
    Delay_ms( 1000 );

void application_task ( void )
    static int8_t duty_cnt = 1;
    static int8_t duty_inc = 1;
    float duty = duty_cnt / 10.0;

    irbeacon_set_duty_cycle ( &irbeacon, duty );
    irbeacon_enable_mod( &irbeacon );
    log_printf( &logger, "Duty: %d%%\r\n", ( uint16_t )( duty_cnt * 10 ) );
    Delay_ms( 500 );
    if ( 10 == duty_cnt ) 
        duty_inc = -1;
    else if ( 0 == duty_cnt ) 
        irbeacon_disable_mod( &irbeacon );
        duty_inc = 1;
    duty_cnt += duty_inc;

void main ( void )
    application_init( );

    for ( ; ; )
        application_task( );

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

Additional Support