Dev board for USB-C and Power Delivery
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The USB-C Explorer is a development board with everything needed to start working with USB Type-C. It contains a USB-C port controller and Power Delivery PHY chip, a microcontroller, and several options for user interaction. Here are the hardware features.

  • SAMD21E17A microcontroller
  • OLED Display
  • Capacitive-sense slider
  • Power header (up to 5 Amps)
  • Debug port (UART and/or GPIO)
  • SWD connector (Tag-Connect)
  • Reset and User Buttons
  • Onboard regulator, input up to 20 V.

More Detail

The default firmware will identify as a USB Power Delivery Sink and list out all power capabilities from a corresponding Source. It will then request the highest power option. This voltage will be available on the power header.

The default firmware also includes a USB bootloader. If you hold the User Button during reset, it will show up as a USB Mass Storage Device with a single file "FLASH.BIN". Copy the file to inspect the application firmware. Delete it and replace it with a new .bin file to rewrite the firmware. No programming cable is required.

To use the Single Wire Debug (SWD) function for live debugging, you will need a Tag-Connect TC2050-IDC-NL "plug of nails" cable and clip. You can then use an adapter to something like a Segger or J-Link.

This design is open source under an MIT license. All hardware designs, documentation, and firmware are freely available. You can find all design files at this github repository. I welcome feedback, so please let me know what you think. In particular, help with firmware would be appreciated.

Where to Buy

You can purchase a board here.

Questions, Comments, and Contributions

Pull requests are welcome. If you have questions or comments, you can email me directly at