RPi Tutorial EGHS:Shift Registers
- GPIO Protection Circuits
- Basic Circuits: LED output - DC motor - Switch Input - Analogue Sensor
- Intermediate Circuits: Shift Registers - Analogue to Digital - Driving Circuit - Alpha-Numeric Display
- Advanced Circuits: Control Hardware Over The Internet
This page is part of a work in progress.
While most of these circuits may interface directly to the RPi, the use of a buffered interface (such as the one supplied by the Gertboard) is recommended which will help protect against damage. Alternatively, experiment with one of the Alternative Test Platforms.
Extreme caution should be exercised when interfacing hardware at a low level, you may damage your RPi, your equipment and potentially yourself and others. Doing so is at your own risk!
Considering the following site, Arduino - Parallel to Serial Shifting-In with a CD4021BE contains all the required information, there is little need to repeat it all here. The main thing is that the circuit works fine using a 3.3V supply and logic levels, so the components should be suitable for use with the RPi (and TI LaunchPad).
Rather than focus on the circuits, this guide will examine the software for application on the RPi.
Note: Until RPi devices are available, I can not confirm this will work on a real RPi. For now, I shall be using the TI LaunchPad (see Alternative Test Platforms for details) to test the hardware on (as it is cheap and the logic levels similar).
While the RPi is not available, I can only confirm the TI LaunchPad code works for me.
Sample test code for shift register input (tested on TI MSP430G2553 device).