I googled PICO. Are they more like Raspberry PI controllers?jph wrote: ↑Sun Aug 14, 2022 6:23 pm Yes, technically it is incorrect, it is a 'darlington driver array'
One of its many features is certainly for driving inductive loads - such as relays - as it has the built in flyback diodes on the 'com' rail so saves adding one for each inductive load. You can see on the list of 'suggested' uses it can be used for anything really.
I found a box of 50 genuine toshiba ones in a box under the bench the other day, I bought them in the UK and had them on the boat so they have to be over 20 years old now. Amazing device. Really useful.
For AM, for the smaller hardware boards, I would stop buying anything apart from the PICO as they are just light years ahead of the competition and cheaper. If you ever play around with the arduino IDE they are truly awesome bits of kit also. The leonardo, nano, micro etc are history really. Crazy cheap.
Here's a bit from the thing you don't like - the datasheet haha - well, one of them, there are loads but they are all basically the same This datasheet is actually from TI.
I see that AM has the option to flash a Raspberry PI Pico. Should I get one of those and educate myself?