nRF52840 Preview DK v0.9.x

Signal switches

On the nRF52840 Preview DK board, there are multiple analog switches that are used to connect and disconnect signals based on different scenarios.

Figure 1. Signal switches

The USB and SW6 control the signal switches by using USB_DETECT as an input to SW6. Therefore, the interface MCU can be disconnected either by unplugging the USB cable in J2, or toggling SW6.

The signal controls a set of switches (U5, U6, U7) that break the connection between the nRF52840 and the interface MCU, and control the power for the interface MCU. For more information, see section Interface MCU power.

Switches U5 and U6 break the connection of the UART lines and SWD/RESET lines. In addition, the signal controls the routing of the RESET signal depending on user preference when the interface MCU is connected/disconnected.

When a shield is connected, there are two analog switches connecting the pull-up resistors to the I2C bus lines (SDA and SCL). This function is using one ground pin on the Arduino shield to control the switch. This feature can be disabled by cutting SB33. To permanently enable pull-up resistors, short SB32.

Figure 2. Solder bridges: Shield detect and reset behavior

The last switch (U8) controls which GPIOs certain signals are routed to. This is due to some features using the same GPIOs as the Trace output by default. These analog switches are controlled by SW7. See chapter Debug input and Trace for more information.