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The NervesKey is a tiny circuit board with an ATECC608A cryptographic chip from Microchip Technology. It is an inexpensive addition to the Raspberry Pi and other embedded computing platforms that include an I2C bus.

NervesKey assembled

The production NervesKey board contains the tiny 'UDFN' version of the part ATECC608A-MAHDA and a 0.1uF 0402 size capacitor. These boards are not easily assembled, so they are professionally manufactured in high quantity for the Nerves project and offered for sale at Tindie / NervesKey.


Mounting to a Raspberry Pi

The easiest way to outfit a Raspberry Pi with a NervesKey is to solder it to the 'hat' expansion header on the bottom of the board as shown below. This will connect the appropriate signals and keep the board out of the way of other uses of the hat header. The NervesKey board is thin to support this application.

NervesKey application



See the schematic for additional hardware details, notes, and examples.