Aardvark I2C/SPI Host Adapter

Aardvark I2C/SPI Host Adapter

Part Number: TP240141

Distribution: Physical Shipment

Availability: In-Stock

Price: $330.00
 

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The Aardvark I2C/SPI Host Adapter is a fast and powerful I2C bus and SPI bus host adapter through USB. It allows a developer to interface a Windows, Linux, or Mac OS X PC via USB to a downstream embedded system environment and transfer serial messages using the I2C and SPI protocols.

Not sure which product is right for your needs? The Product Selector Guide provides a summary table of key features for our I2C/SPI Total Phase products.

Detailed technical information about the Aardvark I2C/SPI adapter can be found in the User Manual.

We also have a Quick Start Guide to help you get started.

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Overview
  • I2C master and slave up to 800 kHz
  • I2C multi-master support
  • SPI master up to 8 MHz
  • SPI slave up to 4 MHz
  • GPIO with selectable pins

Actual system bus speed may vary as a function of capacitance.

What is Included
I2C
  • True 800 kbps performance over higher bandwidth USB versus slower RS-232.
  • Supports standard mode (100 kbps) and fast (400 kbps) mode as well as various speeds ranging from 1 kHz to 800 kHz.
  • Supports inter-bit and inter-byte clock stretching.
  • Supports multi-master.
  • Master transmit and receive.
  • Asynchronous slave transmit and receive.
  • Software configurable I2C pull-up resistors.
  • Software configurable target power pins to power downstream devices.
  • Repeated Start, 10-bit slave addressing, and Combined Format transactions.

The Aardvark I2C/SPI Host Adapter is compatible with:

  • Display Data Channel (DDC)
  • System Management Bus (SMBus)
  • Power Management Bus (PMBus)
  • Smart Battery Bus (SBBus)
  • Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI)
  • Two-Wire Interface (TWI)

Learn more about I2C in the I2C Background Article.

Actual system bus speed may vary as a function of capacitance.

SPI
  • Operates in master or slave mode.
  • Up to 8 Mbps master signaling rate.
  • Up to 4 Mbps slave signaling rate.
  • Full duplex master transmit/receive.
  • Asynchronous slave transmit/receive.
  • Software configurable target power pins to power downstream devices.
  • Software configurable Slave Select (SS) polarity in master mode.

Learn more about SPI in the SPI Background article.

GPIO - General Purpose IO
  • I2C and SPI pins can be repurposed for more general use, allowing them to be used for custom signals on target systems.
  • GPIO functionality can also be combined with I2C or SPI to interact with your target system.
  • GPIO configuration is cached internally to preserve settings between operational modes.

Low Cost

The Aardvark adapter comes complete with a royalty-free API.

The low cost makes it affordable for a company to provide every developer with their own interface. The benefits of every developer having their own interface are:

  • Less time wasted because developers do not have to share tools or go to the lab to debug simple problems.
  • Less wasted time means higher productivity because developers can identify and fix problems quickly and easily with less down-time.
  • Higher productivity means shorter development cycles. Projects get done on time and on budget.

By saving just a few hours of engineering time, the Aardvark adapter will have paid for itself.

Future-Proof

The Aardvark adapter is completely field-upgradable via USB. Total Phase is committed to improving the Aardvark adapter and making these improvements available to our customers.

You will never have to worry about being out of step with the latest software features. Eligible Software and firmware upgrades are always freely available in the Downloads section of this website.

General Requirements
Available Software  Required Software
TP201010: Control Center Serial Software TP207010: USB Drivers - Windows   
TP201310: Flash Center Software TP207210: USB Drivers - Linux
TP202010: Aardvark LabVIEW Driver    Mac OS X (no drivers required)
TP200110: Aardvark Software API  

 




PC Requirements & Supported Operating Systems (32-bit and 64-bit)
•    Windows: 7, 8, 8.1, 10
•    Linux: Red Hat, SuSE, Ubuntu, Fedora
•    Mac OS X: 10.7-10.14

Minimum Hardware requirements
•    Intel or AMD processor operating at 2 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
•    1 gigabyte (GB) physical RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
•    2 GB or more available hard disk space
•    Full-speed USB port
•    VGA capable of 1024x768 or higher screen resolution
•    Internet access is helpful

Aardvark I2C/SPI Host Adapter User Manual
Aardvark I2C/SPI Host Adapter Quick Start Guide

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  1. Aardvark Host Adapter Review by Bryan B.
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    Our group has been using your Beagle analyzers for a number of years as a way to streamline development. When development of new system controller of a controller/module pair got bogged down we bought an Aardvark Host Adapter to keep testing of the i2c bus messaging for the module moving forward. (Posted on 11/9/15)

  2. Pretty good product Review by Peter T.
    Rating

    the device is reliable and works as expected. I'd like to see a model where you have logiv level control inside the Aardvark, instead of having another level shifter board...which is larger than the Ardvark itself. I think you could sell this device at a premium, just as Labview does with NI USB-8451 vs. 8452.

    Adding this functionality would give the device back it's semi portable functionality. Using a level shifter makes it completely non-portable. (Posted on 8/30/15)

  3. Aardvark I2C/SPI - Great Power for the Price Review by Chris j.
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    Aardvark's capabilities for I2C/SPI make for a great all around tool for embedded systems work. The Flash Programmer SW allowed us to quickly setup a simple flash programming fixture. Also the I2C APIs are great and allowed development of custom I2C tools in Python for our application. (Posted on 6/23/15)

  4. Awesome tool Review by James D. Brown
    Rating

    great interface, easy to use and install- overall great experience (Posted on 4/29/15)

  5. Great Tool Review by Al B.
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    I have been using this device for several years, developing small financial devices. We hang 3 peripherals off of a SPI bus, and selected I2C ports. I have sent commands to watch responses, and also simply monitored streams of data. Works great for either. Reasonably clean interface, good capture response. (Posted on 3/31/15)

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Bryan B. Sep 253 2015 Sep 11 201520:00
  • more than 8 year(s)
  • Rating:
Aardvark Host Adapter
Our group has been using your Beagle analyzers for a number of years as a way to streamline development. When development of new system controller of a controller/module pair got bogged down we bought an Aardvark Host Adapter to keep testing of the i2c bus messaging for the module moving forward.
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Peter T. Aug 241 2015 Aug 30 201521:00
  • more than 8 year(s)
  • Rating:
Pretty good product
the device is reliable and works as expected. I'd like to see a model where you have logiv level control inside the Aardvark, instead of having another level shifter board...which is larger than the Ardvark itself. I think you could sell this device at a premium, just as Labview does with NI USB-8451 vs. 8452.

Adding this functionality would give the device back it's semi portable functionality. Using a level shifter makes it completely non-portable.
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Chris j. Jun 173 2015 Jun 23 201521:00
  • more than 8 year(s)
  • Rating:
Aardvark I2C/SPI - Great Power for the Price
Aardvark's capabilities for I2C/SPI make for a great all around tool for embedded systems work. The Flash Programmer SW allowed us to quickly setup a simple flash programming fixture. Also the I2C APIs are great and allowed development of custom I2C tools in Python for our application.
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James D. Brown Apr 118 2015 Apr 29 201521:00
  • Rating:
Awesome tool
great interface, easy to use and install- overall great experience
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Al B. Mar 89 2015 Mar 31 201521:00
  • more than 8 year(s)
  • Rating:
Great Tool
I have been using this device for several years, developing small financial devices. We hang 3 peripherals off of a SPI bus, and selected I2C ports. I have sent commands to watch responses, and also simply monitored streams of data. Works great for either. Reasonably clean interface, good capture response.
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