There are so many great features on the Adafruit PyPortal Titano. Let's take a look at what's available!

Microcontroller and Flash

The main processor chip is the ATSAMD51J20 Cortex M4 running at 120MHz with 3.3v logic/power. It has 1MB of Flash and 256KB of RAM.

We also include 8 MB of QSPI Flash for storing images, sounds, animations, whatever!

WiFi

The WiFi capability uses an Espressif ESP32 Wi-Fi coprocessor with TLS/SSL support built-in.

The ESP32 uses the SPI port for data, and also uses a CS pin (board.ESP_CS or Arduino 8), Ready/Busy pin (board.ESP_BUSY or Arduino 5), and reset pin (board.ESP_RESET or Arduino 7)

  • For advanced use or reprogramming, we also connect the main RX/TX UART to the ESP32 - on Arduino that's Serial1 and in CircuitPython use board.RX and board.TX
  • You can also connect to the ESP32 RTS pin (used in some serial contexts) on board.ESP_RTS or Arduino 51.
  • The ESP32 GPIO0 pin for bootloader enable is connected to board.ESP_GPIO0 or Arduino 6

Display and Display Connector

On the front is a 3.5″ diagonal 320 x 480 color TFT with resistive touch screen! The display uses the HX8357 chipset - check out the datasheet for more information.

On the back, there is a large connector near the middle, the display connector. It connects the display on the front to the board.

To give you the most data throughput, we configure the screen for 8-bit interfacing. That means 8 data lines and a collection of 4 or 5 control lines. If you really want to use the screen in SPI mode, you can do so by soldering closed the SPI jumper and cutting/resoldering the 8/SPI jumper over to the SPI side. That's for advanced users!

The touchscreen is fully analog/resistive. It can be read using our Arduino/CircuitPython drivers. The connections are as follows:

  • YD on board.TOUCH_YD or Arduino A4
  • XL on board.TOUCH_XL or Arduino A5
  • YU on board.TOUCH_YU or Arduino A6
  • XR on board.TOUCH_XR or Arduino A7

The 8 bit LCD interface is not exposed in CircuitPython (its managed internally). In Arduino it's on Digital 34 thru 41, which is on a PORTA 8-bit boundary (PA16-PA23) and can be used for DMA or fast port writes. This probably doesn't affect you.

There are multiple control pins

  • TFT Reset - board.TFT_RESET or Arduino 24
  • TFT WR - board.TFT_WR or Arduino 25 (this is also the board.TFT_DC pin if using in SPI mode)
  • TFT RD - board.TFT_RD or Arduino 9
  • TFT RS - board.TFT_RS or Arduino 10
  • TFT CS - board.TFT_CS or Arduino 11
  • TFT TE - board.TFT_TE or Arduino 12

There is also a TFT backlight, transistor-connected to board.TFT_BACKLIGHT or Arduino 25. You can PWM control it. There are 6 white LEDs connected in parallel, so having it be full on will draw quite a bit of current (over 100mA!)

Light Sensor

There is an ambient light sensor on the side, which points through to the front, as seen in the second image. The light sensor is an analog input, connected to board.LIGHT (CircuitPython) or A2 (Arduino) you can read it as any analog value ranging from 0 (dark) to 1023 (in Arduino) or 65535 (CircuitPython) when bright.

microSD Card Slot

On the left side, there is a microSD card slot. A microSD card is the best way to add extra storage to your project and provide space for streams to be processed!

The SD card is on the main SPI port (shared with the ESP32) and a CS line. In CircuitPython, the CS pin is board.SD_CS. In Arduino, it's digital 32.

There is also a card detect pin on board.SD_CARD_DETECT (CircuitPython) or Arduino 33

Speaker and Speaker Connector

There is a speaker and a speaker connector.

The grey squarish bit on the bottom is a speaker. There is a small class D amplifier connected to the speaker, so it can get quite loud!

There is also a speaker connector, which is a Molex PicoBlade. You can attach one of the speakers available in the Adafruit shop, or solder a connector to your favorite speaker. If you do, cut the small solder jumper to the left of the buzzer so that you only have one speaker activated (and also it will be louder!)

The speaker is connected to the DAC0 output from the SAMD51, via a class D amplifier. The analog output is known as board.AUDIO_OUT in CircuitPython. In Arduino its A0.

You can disable the speaker amplifier by setting the shutdown pin to output and low. It's on board.SPEAKER_ENABLE and Arduino 50

I2C Connector

Unlike the original PyPortal, the I2C connector is level shifted to 3V so its safe to use without changing the power trace

There is a 4-pin JST I2C connector in the center on the right, that is STEMMA and Grove compatible. The I2C has level-shifting & pullups to 3.3V power.

The I2C connector defaults to 5V. There is a jumper you can cut or solder to change it between 5V and 3V.

Digital/Analog Connectors

On the right side are two connectors labeled D3 and D4. These are 3-pin JST digital or analog connectors for sensors or NeoPixels. These pins can be analog inputs or digital I/O.

They have protection 1K resistors + 3.6V zener diodes so you can drive an LED directly from the output. Connect to them via board.D3 and board.D4 or Arduino 3 and 4. For analog reading in Arduino use A1 for D3 and A3 for D4 (yeah, sorry it's not matchy!)

D3/A1 is the second DAC.

Status LED and NeoPixel

There are two LEDs on the board.

There is the RGB status NeoPixel labeled "STATUS". It is connected to board.NEOPIXEL or Arduino 2

As well, there is the D13 LED. This is attached to board.L and Arduino 13

USB Connector

There is one USB port on the board.

On the left side, towards the bottom, is a USB Type-C port, which is used for powering and programming the board.

Reset Button

The reset button is located on the top in the middle.

 

Click it once to re-start your firmware. Click twice to enter bootloader mode.

This guide was first published on Dec 25, 2019. It was last updated on Dec 25, 2019.
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