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The ADC-DAC Pi Zero is a 2 channel 12 bit analogue to digital converter and 2 channel 12 bit digital to analogue converter designed to work with the Raspberry Pi.   Designed for the same footprint as the Raspberry Pi Zero the ADC-DAC Pi Zero is also compatible with full size Raspberry Pi models.

The ADC-DAC Pi Zero is based on the Microchip MCP3202 A/D converter containing 2 analogue inputs with 12 bit resolution with a Microchip MCP4822 dual channel 12-bit DAC with internal voltage reference.

Max ADC Sample Rate: 100,000 samples per second

Max ADC Sample Rate under Python on a Pi 2: 12,000 samples per second.

The ADCDAC Pi Zero is compatible with all Raspberry Pi models from the A+ and B+ onwards.

Not sure which ADC you need ? Check our Analogue to Digital Buyers guide to compare our ADC expansion boards.


Power to the board is provided through the host Raspberry Pi using the GPIO port. Only one ADC-DAC Pi Zero can be used on a Raspberry Pi but the extended pins on the GPIO connector allow you to stack the ADC-DAC Pi Zero along with other expansion boards.  Mounting holes on the board can be used to securely fit the board on your Raspberry Pi.  As the ADC-DAC Pi Zero uses the same footprint as the Raspberry Pi Zero only two of the mounting holes can be used on the larger Raspberry Pi models.

The A/D and D/A converters communicate with the Raspberry Pi through the SPI interface. 

Datasheets for the MCP3202 and MCP4822  can be found on the technical information tab.




Compatibility Chart

Model Status
Raspberry Pi Model A No
Raspberry Pi Model B No
Raspberry Pi 1 Model A+ Yes
Raspberry Pi 1 Model B+ Yes
Raspberry Pi 2 Model B Yes
Raspberry Pi 3 Model B Yes
Raspberry Pi Zero Yes
Raspberry Pi Zero W Yes

Input Ratings & Specifications

Maximum voltage on ADC inputs: 3.3V


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Click to download schematic PDF.

Assembly Instructions

The ADC DAC Pi Zero is supplied with the 40 pin GPIO connector unsoldered.  We supply the ADC DAC Pi Zero this way because the Raspberry Pi Zero is also supplied without a GPIO header and the ADC DAC Pi Zero could therefore be fitted both above or below the Raspberry Pi Zero.

Before using the ADC DAC Pi Zero you will need to solder the connector onto the PCB.

PCB Header Assembly Jig

Download and print our PCB Header Assembly Jig to hold your circuit board when soldering the header pins.


Mechanical Drawings

Mechanical Drawing

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Sample Code

We have Arduino, C, Windows 10 IOT, Python 2 and Python 3 libraries available for this expansion board.  You can download all of the libraries from github at:

Download the Arduino libraries from:

To download the C libraries to your Raspberry Pi type in terminal:

git clone

To download the Python 2 libraries to your Raspberry Pi type in terminal:

git clone

To download the Python 3 libraries to your Raspberry Pi type in terminal:

git clone

Download the Windows 10 IOT libraries from:

Download Python 2 and 3 code samples

Download Arduino code samples

Important Information

This development board/kit is intended for use for ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT, DEMONSTRATION, OR EVALUATION PURPOSES ONLY and is not considered by to be a finished end-product fit for general consumer use. As such, the goods being provided are not intended to be complete in terms of required design-, marketing-, and/or manufacturing-related protective considerations, including product safety and environmental measures typically found in end products that incorporate such semiconductor components or circuit boards. Persons handling the product(s) must have electronics training and observe good engineering practice standards. This development board/kit does not fall within the scope of the European Union directives regarding electromagnetic compatibility, restricted substances (RoHS), recycling (WEEE), FCC, CE or UL, and therefore may not meet the technical requirements of these directives or other related directives. Note: documents in Portable Document Format (PDF) require Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher to view, download Adobe Acrobat Reader or other PDF reading software for your computer or mobile device.



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