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4x Digital Output Phidget

ID: OUT1100_0

Add four 5V PWM-enabled digital outputs to your hub with this simple and affordable module.


Quantity Available: 390

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5 $14.25
10 $13.50
25 $12.00
50 $10.50
100 $9.75
250 $9.00
500 $8.25
1000 $7.50

If the 3.3V digital output mode of your hub's VINT port is not powerful enough, or if you just need more digital outputs, this cost-effective output module has you covered. This board adds four 5V digital outputs to your VINT hub, allowing you to control LEDs, relays, and other logic-level electronics. See the "Compatible Products" tab for a list of VINT Hubs.


Each digital output is capable of pulse-width modulation, allowing you to select a duty cycle between 0% and 100% power. This is particularly useful for dimmable electronics such as LEDs or fans. Wiring is simple since each output terminal has a ground terminal beside it, leading to the board's shared ground.

Product Specifications

Board Properties
Controlled By VINT
Digital Outputs
Number of Digital Outputs 4
Series Resistance 127 Ω
Digital Output Voltage Min 0 V DC
Digital Output Voltage Max 5 V DC
Digital Output Current Max 16 mA
PWM Frequency 16 kHz
PWM Resolution 0.1 %
Electrical Properties
Current Consumption Min 23 μA
Current Consumption Max 150 mA
Physical Properties
Recommended Wire Size 16 - 26 AWG
Operating Temperature Max 85 °C
Operating Temperature Min -40 °C

Software Objects

Channel NameAPIChannel
Digital Output DigitalOutput 0 - 3


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DigitalOutput C Multiple Download
DigitalOutput C# Windows Download
DigitalOutput Java Multiple Download
DigitalOutput Java Android Download
DigitalOutput JavaScript Any Download
DigitalOutput Objective-C macOS Download
DigitalOutput Swift iOS Download
DigitalOutput Python Multiple Download
DigitalOutput Visual Basic .NET Windows Download

Product History

Date Board Revision Device Version Comment
June 20170100Product Release

Getting Started

Welcome to the OUT1100 user guide! In order to get started, make sure you have the following hardware on hand:

Next, you will need to connect the pieces:

OUT1100 Functional.jpeg
  1. Connect the OUT1100 to the VINT Hub using the Phidget cable.
  2. Connect the VINT Hub to your computer with a USB cable.
  3. Connect the positive end of an LED or small device that runs off of 5V to one of the digital outputs, and the negative end to the ground terminal.

Now that you have everything together, let's start using the OUT1100!

Using the OUT1100

Phidget Control Panel

In order to demonstrate the functionality of the OUT1100, the Phidget Control Panel running on a Windows machine will be used.

The Phidget Control Panel is available for use on both macOS and Windows machines. If you would like to follow along, first take a look at the getting started guide for your operating system:

Linux users can follow the getting started with Linux guide and continue reading here for more information about the OUT1100.

First Look

After plugging the OUT1100 into your computer and opening the Phidget Control Panel, you will see something like this:

OUT1100 Panel.jpg

The Phidget Control Panel will list all connected Phidgets and associated objects, as well as the following information:

  • Serial number: allows you to differentiate between similar Phidgets.
  • Channel: allows you to differentiate between similar objects on a Phidget.
  • Version number: corresponds to the firmware version your Phidget is running. If your Phidget is listed in red, your firmware is out of date. Update the firmware by double-clicking the entry.

The Phidget Control Panel can also be used to test your device. Double-clicking on an object will open an example.

Digital Output

Double-click on a Digital Output object in order to run the example:

OUT1100 DigitalOutput Example.jpg

General information about the selected object will be displayed at the top of the window. You can also experiment with the following functionality:

  • Toggle the state of the digital output by pressing the button.
  • Use the Duty Cycle slider to start using pulse-width modulation. Rather than simply switching on or off, you can select a Duty Cycle to limit the power being supplied to a specific level. This allows you to control devices like a dimmer would.

Technical Details

Output Circuitry

OUT1100 outputs.jpg

The digital outputs on the OUT1100 are slightly different than the digital outputs on Phidget InterfaceKit boards.

Example Use

Here are a few things you can do with the OUT1100 Digital Output Phidget

Drive LEDs

OUT1100 LED Diagram.jpg

To drive an LED with the OUT1100, simply attach the anode to one of the digital output terminals, and the cathode to the the corresponding ground terminal. The built-in series resistance will limit the current and keep the LED from burning out.

Drive SSRs

OUT1100 SSR Diagram.jpg

To control an SSR with the OUT1100, attach the positive + terminal to the output terminal, and the ground - terminal to the corresponding ground terminal on the OUT1100.

Control Relays with Transistors

OUT1100 Relay Diagram.jpg

An inexpensive mosfet and flyback diode circuit can be used to control larger loads (such as relays) from the OUT1100. Be sure to use a Logic-Level MOSFET so that the +5V Digital Output is able to turn it on. Similarly, an NPN transistor could be used in place of the MOSFET, in cases where they may be easier to obtain.

Isolation with Optocouplers

OUT1100 Optocoupler Diagram.jpg

In some applications, particularly where there is a lot of electrical noise (automotive), or where you want maximum protection of the circuitry (interactive installations, kiosks), electrical isolation buys you a huge margin of protection. Driving the LED causes the output transistor to sink current.

The maximum current through the transistor will depend in part on the characteristics of the optocoupler.

Note that in cases where many isolated outputs are required, you may want to consider using the REL1100 or REL1101, which are ready-made isolated digital output Phidgets.

What to do Next

  • Software Overview - Find your preferred programming language here to learn how to write your own code with Phidgets!
  • General Phidget Programming - Read this general guide to the various aspects of programming with Phidgets. Learn how to log data into a spreadsheet, use Phidgets over the network, and much more.
  • Phidget22 API - The API is a universal library of all functions and definitions for programming with Phidgets. Just select your language and device and it'll give you a complete list of all properties, methods, events, and enumerations that are at your disposal.


This Phidget is a smart device that must be controlled by a VINT Hub. For more information about VINT, have a look at the VINT Primer. You can use a Phidget Cable to simply and easily connect the two devices. Here's a list of all of the different VINT Hubs currently available:

Product Board
Image Part Number Price Number of VINT Ports
HUB0000_0 $30.00 6
SBC3003_0 $120.00 6

Phidget Cables

Use a Phidget cable to connect this device to the hub. You can solder multiple cables together in order to make even longer Phidget cables, but you should be aware of the effects of having long wires in your system.

Product Physical Properties
Image Part Number Price Cable Length
3002_0 $2.00 600 mm
3003_0 $1.50 100 mm
3004_0 $3.00 3.5 m
3034_0 $1.50 150 mm
3038_0 $2.25 1.2 m
3039_0 $2.75 1.8 m

Here are all Phidgets with digital outputs:

Product Digital Outputs
Image Part Number Price Number of Digital Outputs Digital Output Current Max Digital Output Voltage Max
1010_0 $80.00 8 16 mA 5 V DC
1011_0 $50.00 2 16 mA 5 V DC
1019_1B $110.00 8 16 mA 5 V DC
1073_0 $140.00 8 16 mA 5 V DC
1203_2B $95.00 8 16 mA 5 V DC
HUB0000_0 $30.00 6 (Shared) 3.3 V DC
OUT1100_0 $15.00 4 16 mA 5 V DC