Touch Sensor Interfacing with LPC2148 (TTP223B)

This article is a continuation of the series of tutorials on the LPC2148 Microcontroller (ARM7). The aim of this series is to provide easy and practical examples that anyone can understand. In the previous tutorial, we have interfaced the Sound detection sensor with LPC2148 (ARM7). In this tutorial, we are going to discuss Touch Sensor Interfacing with LPC2148 (TTP223B).


Before starting this tutorial we should know the below topics. If you know already, please go further.

Components Required


The TTP223B is a Digital touchpad detector IC that offers 1 touch key. The touching detection IC is designed for replacing the traditional direct button key with diverse pad sizes. This device uses your body as part of the circuit.

When you touch the sensor pad, the capacitance of the circuit is changed and is detected.  That detected change in capacitance results in the output changing states. In the normal state, the module output low, low power consumption; When a finger touches the corresponding position,  the module output high, if not touched for 12 seconds, switch to low-power mode.


  • Operating voltage 2.0V~5.5V
  • ƒOperating current @VDD=3V, no-load, SLRFTB=1, At low power mode typical 1.5uA, maximum 3.0uA and At fast mode typical 3.5uA, maximum 7.0uA
  • Operating current @VDD=3V, no-load, SLRFTB=0, At low power mode typical 2.0uA, maximum 4.0uA and At fast mode typical 6.5uA, maximum 13.0uA
  • The response time max about 60mS at fast mode, 220mS at low power mode @VDD=3V
  • Provides Fast mode and Low Power mode selection by pad option(LPMB pin)
  • Operating Temperature:-20 ~ +70 ℃

Touch Sensor Pin Outs

Like a lot of the sensors out there, this is three pin sensor.  You provide power, ground, and monitor the output.

  • SIG – Output (If it detects touch, this will be HIGH otherwise LOW)
  • VCC – 2v to 5.5v
  • GND – Ground

Touch Sensor Interfacing with LPC2148


Touch Sensor

  • Vcc – 5v
  • GND – Ground
  • Sig – P1.24


  • RS – P0.8
  • RW – P0.9
  • EN – P0.10
  • Data Lines – P0.0 – P0.7


Touch Sensor Interfacing with LPC2148

Source Code

If this sensor detects any touch, the LCD will display “Touch Detected”.

#define bit(x) (1<<x)
#define delay for(i=0;i<7000;i++);
#define TOUCH (IO1PIN & (1<<24))
unsigned int i;
void lcd_int();
void dat(unsigned char);
void cmd(unsigned char);
void string(unsigned char *);
void main()
    IO0DIR =0XFFF;
    IO1DIR = 0x0;
    string("EMBETRONICX.COM ");
    while(1) {
            if(TOUCH) {  
                    string("Touch Detected");
void lcd_int()
void cmd(unsigned char a)
    IO0CLR|=bit(8);                //rs=0
    IO0CLR|=bit(9);                //rw=0
    IO0SET|=bit(10);               //en=1
    IO0CLR|=bit(10);               //en=0
void dat(unsigned char b)
    IO0SET|=bit(8);                //rs=1
    IO0CLR|=bit(9);                //rw=0
    IO0SET|=bit(10);               //en=1
    IO0CLR|=bit(10);               //en=0
void string(unsigned char *p)
    while(*p!='\0') {

In our next tutorial, we will see how to interface the Flame sensor with LPC2148 (ARM7). If you want to use FreeRTOS on LPC2148, then please refer FreeRTOS series.

You can also read the below tutorials.

Linux Device Driver TutorialsC Programming Tutorials
FreeRTOS TutorialsNuttX RTOS Tutorials
RTX RTOS TutorialsInterrupts Basics
I2C Protocol – Part 1 (Basics)I2C Protocol – Part 2 (Advanced Topics)
STM32 TutorialsLPC2148 (ARM7) Tutorials
PIC16F877A Tutorials8051 Tutorials
Unit Testing in C TutorialsESP32-IDF Tutorials
Raspberry Pi TutorialsEmbedded Interview Topics
Reset Sequence in ARM Cortex-M4BLE Basics
VIC and NVIC in ARMSPI – Serial Peripheral Interface Protocol
Bootloader Tutorials


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