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Features

  • For LED or Incandescent Light Dimming
  • High Resolution 12-Bit Light Dimming
  • 4096 Brightness Levels per Channel
  • 16-Channels of Light Dimming
  • 5-Amps per Channel at 100VDC
  • N-Channel Open Collector Outputs
  • Directly Compatible with Photon, Electron, and Bluz
  • Adaptable to Arduino, Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone, Onion and More
  • Expandable to Control Over 900 Channels
  • I2C Expansion Port with I2C Cable Included

$176.95

Description

DC LED and Incandescent Light Dimming is easier than ever using your favorite IoT communications platform.

Equipped with our IoT interface, plug-in your favorite IoT communication module and develop firmware control lights from anywhere in the world!  The NCD IoT interface support Particle Electron for cellular access.  Use the Particle Photon to control this device over WiFi.  The IoT interface also supports Bluz (Bluetooth BLE) or you can use one of our adapters to plug in Arduino Nano, Arduino Micro, USB, PyCom WyPy, directly on-board!  Plug in the SI I2C adapter for interface to Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone, or Arduino Uno.  The NCD IoT interface standard makes it easy to connect to just about any computer or microcontroller!

Based on our plug-and-play I2C interface standard, all NCD IoT devices support I2C communications using a I2C expansion port, making it easy to expand to a wide variety of sensors, relay controllers, PWM controllers, and much more!

This controller consists of a PCA9685 16-Channel I2C 12-Bit PWM controller connected to 16 high-current N-Channel FETs. The PCA9685 support 62 devices per I2C port, allowing you to control up to 992 channels over a cellular cloud connection. This controller is configured as a “Low-Side” driver.

Operation is very easy, simply connect an external light to a power supply up to 100VDC and feed the ground of the light through this controller. This controller will switch the ground on and off at high-speed, causing a light dimming effect with 4096 brightness levels per channel.

This controller only uses the I2C SCL and SDA lines of the Particle Electron, leaving all other I/O pins available for other applications. Our GitHub repository (ControlEverythingCom) contains a complete library ready to use with your Particle Electron, Photon, or Bluz, eliminating the need to write code to control this device.

This light dimmer is also compatible with a 418MHz Key Fob receiver (Part Number: PKFR sold separately), allowing your Particle Electron to receive and process remote Key Fob commands up to 750 feet away. Up to 40 remote controls may be associated to the PKFR. Program your Particle Electron to control relays in any way you can imagine through the use of a remote Key Fob. Compatible with 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 8-Button MS Series Key Fobs from Linx Technologies.

NOTE: This controller requires a 12VDC Power Supply for proper operation. A separate power supply is recommended for external incandescent or high-power LED lights. This controller is capable of switching 100VDC at 5 Amps, and is able to switch considerably more current at lower voltages. Experimentation is recommended at lower voltages, we suggest a FET operating temperature of 125º Fahrenheit or less. Integrated I2C Expansion port makes this device fully compliant with our complete line of I2C devices, allowing you to combine sensors, relay controllers, more light dimmers, and many other types of devices to a single IoT communications module.

What is the NCD IoT Interface?

The NCD IoT Interface provides users with a means of changing or upgrading the IoT communications technology as new technologies emerge.  The NCD IoT Interface is directly compatible with Particle Photon for WiFi communications, Electron for Cellular Communications, Bluz for Bluetooth.  Optionally, adapters may be installed to provide a direct interface to Arduino Nano, Micro, USB, PyCom WyPy, Onion Omega, Raspberry Pi, and much more.  The NCD IoT interface allows you to re-use your hardware so it never becomes obsolete!  Based on I2C communications, the NCD IoT Interface uses only 2 GPIO lines of your microcontroller, freeing the rest of your CPU for other tasks.

Unlimited I2C Expansion

Based on our plug-and-play I2C interface standard, all NCD IoT devices are equipped with a I2C expansion port, making it easy to expand to a wide variety of sensors, current monitors, relay controllers, PWM controllers, and much more!  We are always designing new expansions for our plug-and-play I2C framework.  We are dedicated to building a product line of interconnected devices to simplify all forms of automation.  Re-use or upgrade your hardware in seconds by selecting the modules that best fit your needs, and chaining them together using the included I2C expansion cables!

Compatibility

IoT Interface Compatibility

NCD IoT Interface devices are designed to plug in to many popular IoT computing platforms.  This allows the “brains” from other manufacturers to directly plug into our devices for easy plug-and-play operation.  IoT interface devices use I²C as the underlying communications technology.  The notes below will guide you into plugging 3rd party IoT technologies into our devices, we will highlight any adapters that may be required in this section.  Please note that all IoT Interface Devices act as a I²C Master Device, and may be expanded by connecting to any of our Cross-Platform I²C Slave Devices using the I²C Output.

NCD IoT Interface Direct Connection

The following devices directly plug into NCD IoT Interface controllers without a adapter.

If using a Particle Photon or Particle Electron communications module, the PKFR Key Fob Receiver overlay shield may be used to add long-range wireless Key Fob remote control to the communications module.

NCD IoT Interface Adapters

Use the following adapters will adapt the IoT Interface for I2C communications with other popular computing platforms:

Convert IoT to I2C Interface Devices

  • This device may be converted to an I²C slave device using the I2C to IoT Interface Adapter, ideal for use with Raspberry Pi, Beaglebone, Arduino Uno, and BridgeX5.

Arduino Interface

BeagleBone Interface

Banana Pi Interface

C.H.I.P. Interface

Raspberry Pi Interface

Windows 8/10 PC Interface

Key Fob Compatibility

NCD IoT Interface devices are also compatible with a 418MHz Key Fob receiver (Part Number: PKFR), allowing your Particle Electron, Photon, or Bluz to receive and process remote Key Fob commands up to 750 feet away. Up to 40 remote controls may be associated to the PKFR. Program your IoT communications module to receive wireless remote control commands using a Key Fob. Compatible with 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 8-Button MS Series Key Fobs from Linx Technologies.

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Standard Lead Times

Standard lead times are 3-5 business days as we manufacture and test the product at the time of order. Larger orders may require additional time.
Product Identification
SKU: PR16-42
UPC: 689860065697
Country of Origin: US
HTS Code: 854231
1+ Pieces
$176.95/ea
10+ Pieces
$169.87/ea
25+ Pieces
$166.33/ea
100+ Pieces
$155.72/ea

Would you like a power supply?Change

NCD Controllers Need Power. Standard NCD Power Supplies use a 2.1mm Barrel Connector with 12VDC (center positive) rated at 1.25 Amps (minimum).

Would you like an IoT Interface Adapter?Change

NCD IoT Devices are compatible with many IoT communication technologies using our adapters. Get special discounts on adapters when purchased with our controllers! Please note: Particle Electron, Photon, Bluz, and RedBear plug directly into the IoT Interface connector, and do not require adapters.


Customize

We Customize Just for You!!

NCD offers many custom IoT electronic design services to help tailor our product to your exact needs.  Whether you are looking for custom firmware, circuit board modifications, metal enclosures, or industrial color printing, we can help you with a wide variety of design services.

Custom IoT Electronic Design Services Process

Most of our users purchase off-the-shelf hardware for initial testing.  Once everything is working, they contact us to build a custom solution which may include specialized changes to the board, firmware, connectors, etc.  Custom boards have many advantages such as reduced wiring, easy installation, small size, less power consumption, and in some cases, an overall reduction in product cost.  Custom IoT Electronic Design Services will have your company name and logo on the board as well as the enclosure.

Customized IoT Electronics

NCD engineers can help build a customized solution for your particular application based on the designs you see on our website.  We can combine devices onto a single board, change the shape, or even some of the components to meet your exact needs.  We also provide turn-key metal enclosures with powder coating and full-color printing on the top side starting at just $500 for setup!  We have more than 20 years of experience in electronics design and manufacturing.  All of our products are designed and manufactured in the USA, so we are here to support the products we make.  We only ask that our customers prototype their needs using our existing products before we customize.

Customization Guidelines

  • Custom designs should be based on our existing product because we can’t build rockets or electric cars over here!
  • We do not provide customization services if it involves the introduction of a new or untested technology.
  • Custom engineering fees depend on your requirements, so please contact us for a quote!
  • We maintain ownership of all designs, including our customized designs as they are based on our existing Design.
  • We will only ship the customized product to you or your authorized agents.
  • We have an NDA available if needed.
  • The turn-around time is about 2-3 weeks.
  • We specialize in low-volume designs, no quantity is too small!
  • We have the ability to scale to large volumes as needed.

Getting Started with Product Customization

All you have to do is contact us and we will walk you through the process from beginning to end, based on your individual needs.  Some people are surprised at how fast we finish CAD design (usually a few hours), but keep in mind, we still have to build your design, which takes considerably more time.  When we customize product, here are the general services we provide:

  • We design the circuit board.
  • We communicate with our customers throughout the customization and manufacturing process.
  • We manufacture surface mount stencils and circuit boards.
  • We program our pick and place machines to build your boards.
  • We build a working sample and run it through our wave solder machine.
  • We test your custom IoT solution.
  • Once the design is finalized it won’t be possible to make changes during production (changes cost money and require us to repeat the above processes)
  • Once it meets all your requirements, we will start production as needed.
  • We work with our metal fabricators to design a metal enclosure if required.
  • You work with our artist to print the top side of the enclosure in full color with your company logo if required.

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