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A Python module for interfacing with USB-ISS multifunction USB Communication Module

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A Python API module for interfacing with USB-ISS multifunction USB Communication Module.

From the USB-ISS’s webpage:

The USB-ISS Multifunction USB Communications Module provides a complete interface between your PC and the I2C bus, SPI bus, a Serial port and general purpose Analogue Input or Digital I/O. The module is powered from the USB. Operating voltage is selectable between 3.3v and 5v and can supply up to 80mA at 5v for external circuitry from a standard 100mA USB port.


Planned features

  • Configure USB-ISS to different operating modes; I2C, SPI, I/O and serial
    • For each mode, the API will mimic the popular APIs such as py-spidev for SPI by having same method and properties names. These names will be used in duck typing. This will ensure miminal adaption of applications wishing to use USB-ISS for prototyping and testing.
  • Query status of USB-ISS
  • Send bytes to and read from components via USB-ISS

Current features

  • Functional USBISS driver
  • Functional SPI driver
  • Other modes are not implemented.


pip install pyusbiss


  • USBISS only

Connect to your USB-ISS and get information about your USB-ISS.

from usbiss.usbiss import USBISS

port = 'COM4' # Windows
port = '/dev/ttyACM0' # Linux

cxn = USBISS(port)
  • SPI mode

Initiate USB-ISS with SPI mode and open a port.

from usbiss.spi import SPI

spi = SPI(port)

spi.mode = 1
spi.max_speed_hz = 500000


# SPI transaction

response = spi.xfer([0x00, 0x00])
  • I2C mode


  • I/O mode


  • Serial mode


More Information


  • Alphasense OPC via dhhagan’s py-opc module using the SPI protocol.


The project was developed during a NERC’s placement at University of Leeds.

This package was created with Cookiecutter and the audreyr/cookiecutter-pypackage project template.

Inspired by Waggle’s, where most of USB-ISS functions were copied over.


0.1.0 (2016-09-02)

  • Initialised project

0.1.1 (2018-03-08)

  • functional usbiss control and spi control.

0.1.2 (2018-03-08)

  • Changed SPI mode scheme to official SPI scheme rather than USB-ISS scheme.
  • Clarifies project mission in README.rst

0.2.0 (2018-03-10)

  • Refactored the codebase so that each protocol can be controlled by its own class. This means a breaking change in the interface.
  • SPI and USBISS support only in this release with updated usage.
  • Added SPI tests.
  • Updated README.rst with new interface.

0.2.1 (2018-05-05)

  • Refactored USB-ISS driver using property decorator
  • Updated SPI driver to use updated USBISS driver
  • Fully documented SPI driver
  • Some fixes

0.2.2 (2018-05-05)

  • Tidied up

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