Elite-C (rev3.1) Microcontroller
The Elite C is an alternative to the popular Pro Micro microcontroller often used in split keyboards. It has some important pros over the Pro Micro:
- A through hole mounted USB C port makes it much less prone to breaking than that of the Pro Micro;
- The preinstalled DFU bootloader provides additional protection when flashing the microcontroller;
- Comes with six more I/O pins to work with than the Pro Micro so you'll be able to add many more mods.
You can even use the Elite-C alongside a Pro Micro: Use the Elite-C on the master side of the keyboard, and the Pro Micro on the slave side. This gives you the benefits of both!
- Compatible with all Pro-Micro based PCBs;
- USB-C port;
- 1.0mm thick makes for a lower profile yet sturdy build;
- ATmega32u4 microcontroller with DFU bootloader;
- 5 additional I/O pins broken out for a total of 23 pins;
- USB pins broken out;
- On-board reset button.
Frequently asked questions
Question: On a split keyboard, can I use the Elite-C as the master and a Pro Micro as the slave?
Answer: You can! They are compatible with one another. Mind though that the Elite C comes with a different bootloader than the Pro Micro, using DFU instead of Catarina. This means that you'll need to pay attention when flashing it: flash the Elite-C with :dfu, and the Pro Micro with :avrdude.
Question: I tried flashing the Elite-C with the QMK Toolbox, but it won't work. How can I fix that?
Answer: You might need to install drivers, or update your existing ones. Please refer to the QMK documentation on Zadig.
Product photo courtesy of Spacecat Design.