TEENSY 3.2 Development Board – Getting Started Tutorial

TEENSY Development Boards are quite famous for small projects, either for a hobbyist or designing small robots or entertainment stages. One of such boards is a TEENSY 3.2 Development Board made by PJRC. It is a bread-board compatible, USB development board of K20 Sub-Family with a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M4 microcontroller unit to implement different prototypes and designs. It has an excellent Central Processing speed of 72 MHz and I2S for a fine quality audio interfacing and a touch sensor interface.

This tutorial is an introduction to the TEENSY 3.2 Development Board. All the features, specifications, pin configuration, GPIO pins and peripherals, and applications will be discussed here.

TEENSY 3.2 Introduction

TEENSY 3.2 is an upgraded version of TEENSY 3.1 with 2X Flash memory. Though small but outstanding, TEENSY 3.2 comes with the MK20DX256VLH7 microcontroller unit. It has 34 GPIO pins and Communication ports for serial data transmission. But we use only solderless pinout, 24 GPIO pins are accessible. The remaining pins are accessible through the soldering connection shown at the backside of the TEENSY 3.2 development board

The board is energy-efficient but has a wide range of input power supply. TEENSY 3.2 is very simple and easy to use.

TEENSY 3.2 Pinout

The following diagram shows the pinout of the TEENSY 3.2 Development Board from the front end:

TEENSY 3.2 pinout diagram

The following figure shows the pinout diagram of TEENSY 3.2 from the back side:

TEENSY 3.2 pinout back side

Pin Configuration

Let us discuss the pinout of the TEENSY 3.2 Development Board. The pin configuration detail in tabular is mentioned below:

TypePin NumberFunction
PowerVIN3.3 Volts(250 mA)GNDAnalog GND1. Power Supply from USB or any external source pin 2. Operational Output Voltage pin
3. Ground for ADC/DAC pin
4. Ground Pin
Analog Pins ( ADC)A0-A2021 Analog channels with up to 16-bits programmable resolution. But the default resolution is 10-bit. But due to noise, only up to 13-bit resolution is useable.
I/O PinsD0-D33Teensy 3.2 General Purpose I/O pins are 5V tolerant and can accept voltage in the range of 0-5V. All GPIO pins have internal PULL-UP and PULL-DOWN resistors.
External InterruptsD0-D33All 34 GPIO pins can detect external changes. Hence, can be used as interrupt pins
PWMD3-D6, D9-D10, D20-D23, D25, D3212 Pulse-width Modulation pins
UART– Serial CommunicationTX1 – D1, RX1 – D0, TX2 – D10, RX2 -D9, TX3 -D8, RX3 – D73 UART bases serial communication ports
SPIDIN, DOUT, SCK, CSSerial Peripheral Interface pins ( D7 -D12)
CANTX – D3, RX – D4Controller Area Network Bus pins
I2CSCL0 – D19, SDA0 -D18
SCL1 – D29, SDA1 – D30
Inter-Integrated Circuit Serial Data and Clock pins
Built-in LEDD13LED for Indication
TSID0-D1, D15-D19, D22-D23Touch Sensing Interface pins
  • Power pins: The board has three different pins to supply the power depending on our choice. One is through an external power supply with the mentioned voltage range in the table. The second is through USB Connector, which typically provides 5 Volts, and the third is through supplying a 3.3 Volts pin, which is usually avoided for the sake of MCU.
  • Serial Comm Ports: The board has all the advanced serial data transmission ports(USART, I2C, CAN, SPI) for bi-directional, synchronous, bitwise serial communication between the chip and the peripherals.
  • TSI: Touch Sensing Interface is a human-machine interface to detect input capacitive touch.


Features and Specifications

Features and PeripheralsAvailability
Number of Analog Comparators3
SRAM64 KiloBytes
Serial wire DebugNo
Flash Memory256 KiloBytes
CPU speed72 MHz
USB ConnectorMicro
Recommended Input Voltage3.6-6.0 Volts
EEPROM2 KiloBytes
USB moduleYes
Operational Temperature-400C – 1050C
Number of Timers8
Operational Voltage1.71V – 3.6V
USART module3
Internal Oscillator3-32 MHz
JTAG debug Interface1
Source/Sink Current10 mA
  • CPU Speed: 72 MHz
  • Flash Memory: 256 Kilobytes
  • EEPROM: 2 Kilobytes
  • StaticRAM: 64 KiloBytes
  • Pulse-width Modulation pins: 12 pins
  • Analog Pins: 21 pins
  • Digital Pins: 34 pins

TEENSY 3.2 Peripherals Specification

Some of the attributes of the extra features are laid out below:

  • Provided with a 12-bit DAC to produce accurate voltage levels
  • 16 direct memory access controllers for immediate access for 64 request sources
  • A cyclic redundancy check for fast error monitoring
  • A 32 kHz Oscillator for Real-Time Clock
  • It comes with 8 different timers to give different delays
  • An integrated I2S (Inter-IC-Sound) interface for connecting audio devices to the MCU for pulse code modulated data transmission
  • It contains a watchdog and JTAG(Joint Test Action Group) interface
  • A human-machine interface to provide easiness and authentic accessibility
  • Each microcontroller unit chip has a distinct identification number for security purposes

How to Program TEENSY 3.2 Development Board

TEENSY Development Board can be programmed through

  • Visual Micro
  • Arduino Software with Teensyduino add-on
  • PlatformIO
  • Command-Line with Makefile

TEENSY Boards are very compatible with almost all of the Arduino libraries. Arduino has introduced an add-on for TEENSY known as Teensyduino. Check this tutorial for Arduino IDE getting started tutorials

If you know Arduino programming, you can easily use this development board. Because all libraries of Arduino IDE are compatible with the Teensy 3.2 board. We just need to install the library of the TEENSY 2.3 development Board in Arduino IDE.

Add Teensyduino Add-on to Arduino IDE

To program, TEENSY 3.2 development board with Ardino IDE, first download and install the ad-on from this link:

Add-on is available for Linux, Windows, and MAC OS. Download the Teensyduino according to your operating system and install it. Teensyduino installer adds all the required files for Teensy development board to use with Arduino IDE.

Once the addon installed successfully, you will see the screen like this. Click on the done button.

Teensyduino installer

Open your Arduino IDE and select Teensy in the Tools > Boards menu.

programming Teensy 3.2 board with Arduino IDE

Now open the LED Blinking example. To upload a TEENSY’S MCU program, Select the Board name: TEENSY 3.2 from the “Tools ” and communication port through which the code/sketch will be burnt on the Microcontroller Unit. More or Less, all programs created are compatible with TEENSY too. But to visually see the compatibility, upload the Blink Sketch and observe the inbuilt LED, i.e., D13 on the board.


  • Robotics
  • Home automation systems
  • LED walls
  • Low-power embedded systems
  • Entertainment platforms


The link to the datasheet is given below to see further details and specifications of the TEENSY 3.2 Development Board.

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