16-CH Servo Motor Controller I2C PCA9685 Servo PWM Driver


- A product for Arduino that works with official Arduino boards. 

- This is a i2c-controlled PWM driver board with a built-in clock, which is quite different from TLC5940 series. You don’t need to continuously send signals and occupy your MCU.

- 5V compatibility, which means that you can use 3.3V MCU to control and drive the output up to 6V (when you want to control the white or blue indicator light, 3.4V+ is also OK).

- 6 address select pins allow you to connect 62 driver boards to one i2C bus, total 992 channels of PWM output.

- About 1.6KHz frequency modulation PWM output.

- Get 12-bit resolution output ready for stepping motor, which means that the 60Hz update rate can reach to 4us resolution.

- Configurable totem-pole output or open-collector output.

- Output enable pin can quick disable all outputs.

- PCA9685 chip is at the center of the board.

- With power input terminal.

- With green power indicator light.

- Convenient to insert total 16 servos at the same time (the plug of servo is a little large than 0.1", so you can put 4 pairs of 0.1" connectors).

- With reverse polarity protection for input.

- Cascade design.

- Put a bulky capacitor on the V+ line (sometimes you need it).

- Put 220 ohm resistance components onto all PWM output lines, so as to protect them, and you can easily drive the LED.

Kit include:

Mikroelectron Code:

//You will need to add the Adafruit PWM Servo driver library 
//– https://github.com/adafruit/Adafruit-PWM-Servo-Driver-Library/archive/master.zip
#include <Wire.h>
#include <Adafruit_PWMServoDriver.h>
// called this way, it uses the default address 0x40
Adafruit_PWMServoDriver pwm = Adafruit_PWMServoDriver();
void setup() {
  Serial.println("16 channel PWM test!");
  pwm.setPWMFreq(1600);  // This is the maximum PWM frequency
  // save I2C bitrate
  uint8_t twbrbackup = TWBR;
  // must be changed after calling Wire.begin() (inside pwm.begin())
  TWBR = 12; // upgrade to 400KHz!
void loop() {
  // Drive each PWM in a 'wave'
  for (uint16_t i=0; i<4096; i += 8) 
    for (uint8_t pwmnum=0; pwmnum < 16; pwmnum++) 
      pwm.setPWM(pwmnum, 0, (i + (4096/16)*pwmnum) % 4096 );

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