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Raspberry Pi Cookbook for Python Programmers by Tim Cox

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Using devices with the I2C bus

The Raspberry Pi can support several higher-level protocols that a wider range of devices can easily be connected to. In this chapter, we shall focus on the most common bus, called I2C (I-squared-C). It provides a medium speed bus for communicating with devices over two wires. In this section, we shall use I2C to interface with an 8-bit ADC. This device will measure an analog signal, convert it to a relative value between 0 and 255, and send the value as a digital signal (represented by 8 bits) over the I2C bus to Raspberry Pi.

Getting ready

The I2C bus is not enabled in all Raspberry Pi images; therefore, we need to enable the module and install some supporting tools.

In order to make use of the I2C bus, we need to ...

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