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I plan to use P8.13 and P8.15 of the beaglebone in a i2c bitbang mode. Do i need to use external pull up resistors in my circuit? or can i use the internal pull up which is available on the beaglebone black itself?

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It depends on how big the pull-up resistor is and how fast you want to go with I2C. If Beaglebone designates those pins as usable for I2C, the internal pull-up resistor is most likely sufficient.

Generally, the smaller the pull-up resistor, the faster is the rise of the signal to 1, but when driving a 0, there is also higher consumption. To understand this better, think about the extremes; what would be the behavior if the pull-up resistor is 0? How about infinite?

To be perfectly sure, you need an oscilloscope. With the frequency at which you want to communicate over I2C, drive a square wave over the pin configured with pull-up and check to see if the signal rises "fast enough".

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  • $\begingroup$ the bitbang/banked gpio for i2c is used for a battery voltage sensing IC, i wouldnt even mind if it operated at 1khz xD Last time i had done the bitbank without the internal pullup and also without external pull-up, for an IMU board, it worked well. This time i want to make an ethical circuit that has all the things in place. But anyways, i'l test the setup with a CRO and report later. $\endgroup$ – user2967920 Mar 21 '15 at 7:55
  • $\begingroup$ Did it work? did you need an external resistor? $\endgroup$ – Rafael Vega Jan 12 '16 at 11:12

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