The X-keys USB GPIO unit features 10 configurable ports which can be 5 volt outputs, short-to-ground inputs, or 5 volt pull down inputs. It also has two more dedicated 5 volt outputs, and four more dedicated short-to-ground inputs.
The ten configurable ports are set with a free Windows utility we provide via download (link). All inputs and are programmable and can send a wide range of USB keyboard, mouse, game controller, multi-media and other proprietary USB HID messages. All outputs can be triggered via USB HID with support from our free SDKs for Windows, OS X, Linux, and Android.
A standard HD15 male connector provides reliable connection to all configurable I/O ports and dedicated outputs. Two 3.5 mm TRS (Tip-Ring-Sleeve, AKA Stereo) ports provide connection to the four dedicated short-to-ground inputs to facilitate the addition of external switches.
|Operating System||Use: Any OS via USB HID | Programming: Windows XP through 10, Mac OS X 10.4 through 10.10|
|Free Programming Software||Windows: MacroWorks 3.1
Mac: ControllerMate for X-keys
Android: X-keys Android
|Free Software Development Kits||Windows (C++, C#, VB.NET)
OS X SDK
Raw HID (any language/OS)
|USB Codes Supported||HID keyboard, HID mouse, HID game controller, HID multimedia|
|Input Connectors||HD15 Male (compatible with HD15 extension cable), 2 x 3.5mm stereo ports|
|Number of Inputs||10 Total | 5 VDC pull-down inputs|
|Number of Outputs||5 VDC outputs|
|Optional Accessories||HD15 to Screw Terminal Connector, Wired switches, Y cords, USB Extender|
|Connector||Wired USB standard “A” plug|
|Cord Length||118" (3 m)|
|Wiring Distance||Up to 1,000 feet (300m) from switch to port|
|Dimensions||2.55” x 2.55” x 1.01” (65mm x 65mm x 26mm)|
|Mounting||Two 0.19” DIA mounting holes, 3” O.C. (4.8mm DIA, 76mm O.C.)|
|Weight||6 oz. (160 g)|
|USB Type||USB 1.1 compatible through 3.0 Type-c with adapter|
|Power Source||USB port, nominal voltage = 5 VDC|
|Power Consumption||31 mA @ 5 VDC|
|Temperature Range||-20 to 60 C|
|Memory Capacity||Approximately 1,000 keystrokes or commands in onboard memory|
|Memory Type||EEPROM, non-volatile memory (X-keys retains memory for over 200 years)|
|Environmental Rating||IP 40, typical indoor office environment|
|Certifications||FCC class B, CE, RoHS, WEEE compliant|
Download PDF: USB Wire Interface DD.pdf
Sketchup 3D Model
We offer this Sketchup model as a 3D rendering of the USB HD15 Wire Interface for viewing or planning purposes. Dimensions and details of the model, while reasonably accurate, should not be used for critical specifications.
MacroWorks 3.1 for Windows (free download)
ControllerMate for Mac OS X (free download)
P.I. Engineering SDK (free download)
Resources for Software Developers
P. I. Engineering offers a wide range of options for application developers. Click on any heading to learn more. If you don’t see what you’re looking for here, please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org). We have friendly techs and engineers waiting to help you integrate X-keys into your solution.
Includes comprehensive examples in C#, C++, and VB.NET for Windows desktop development in Visual Studio, as well as Java for Android development in Eclipse. Supported via phone and email during standard business hours by our technical support staff.
An Xcode worspace with two project: one for the viewer application, and one for the X-keys framework. Demonstrates reading and writing to X-keys devices.
Open source Linux support written in C++. Features code for accessing all X-keys controls and key states and includes a simple, straight forward example GUI. Written by Linux HID expert Alan Ott.</p
Assorted Eclipse projects we have created to demonstrate how to handle various input options (such as joystick and game controller button data) on Android.
Learn how to read the X-keys’ raw output and use it to integrate X-keys into your application in any language, on any HID-enabled platform.
See how to integrate your X-keys with the Hardware Mode, Software Mode with MacroWorks Software, or the Software Mode with a Custom Application.
See how other developers have implemented X-keys for fun and profit.