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Arduino and MMA8452 sensor example

In this example we will connect a MMA8452Q accelerometer  to an Arduino Uno

Lets look at some information about the sensor

The MMA8452Q is a smart, low-power, three-axis, capacitive, micromachined accelerometer with 12 bits of resolution. This accelerometer is packed with embedded functions with flexible user programmable options, configurable to two interrupt pins. Embedded interrupt functions allow for overall power savings relieving the host processor from continuously polling data.

The MMA8452Q has user selectable full scales of ±2 g/±4 g/±8 g with high-pass filtered data as well as non-filtered data available real-time. The device can be configured to generate inertial wakeup interrupt signals from any combination of the configurable embedded functions allowing the MMA8452Q to monitor events and remain in a low-power mode during periods of inactivity

 

Connection

Here is a layout, its an easy device to connect

Arduino and MMA8452

Arduino and MMA8452

Parts List

Here are the parts I used

Part name Link
Arduino Uno UNO R3 CH340G/ATmega328P, compatible for Arduino UNO R3
MMA8452 saensor GY-45 MMA8452 Module Digital Triaxial Accelerometer Precision Tilt 3-Axis
Dupont cable Free shipping Dupont line 120pcs 20cm male to male + male to female and female to female jumper wire Dupont cablefor Arduino

 

Code

There is a library from sparkfun but there is this example which does not require any libraries

// Distributed with a free-will license.
// Use it any way you want, profit or free, provided it fits in the licenses of its associated works.
// MMA8452Q
// This code is designed to work with the MMA8452Q_I2CS I2C Mini Module available from ControlEverything.com.
// https://www.controleverything.com/content/Accelorometer?sku=MMA8452Q_I2CS#tabs-0-product_tabset-2
 
#include <Wire.h>
 
// MMA8452Q I2C address is 0x1C(28)
#define Addr 0x1C
 
void setup()
{
  // Initialise I2C communication as MASTER
  Wire.begin();
  // Initialise Serial Communication, set baud rate = 9600
  Serial.begin(9600);
 
  // Start I2C Transmission
  Wire.beginTransmission(Addr);
  // Select control register
  Wire.write(0x2A);
  // StandBy mode
  Wire.write(0x00);
  // Stop I2C Transmission
  Wire.endTransmission();
 
  // Start I2C Transmission
  Wire.beginTransmission(Addr);
  // Select control register
  Wire.write(0x2A);
  // Active mode
  Wire.write(0x01);
  // Stop I2C Transmission
  Wire.endTransmission();
 
  // Start I2C Transmission
  Wire.beginTransmission(Addr);
  // Select control register
  Wire.write(0x0E);
  // Set range to +/- 2g
  Wire.write(0x00);
  // Stop I2C Transmission
  Wire.endTransmission();
  delay(300);
}
 
void loop()
{
  unsigned int data[7];
 
  // Request 7 bytes of data
  Wire.requestFrom(Addr, 7);
 
  // Read 7 bytes of data
  // staus, xAccl lsb, xAccl msb, yAccl lsb, yAccl msb, zAccl lsb, zAccl msb
  if(Wire.available() == 7) 
  {
    data[0] = Wire.read();
    data[1] = Wire.read();
    data[2] = Wire.read();
    data[3] = Wire.read();
    data[4] = Wire.read();
    data[5] = Wire.read();
    data[6] = Wire.read();
  }
 
  // Convert the data to 12-bits
  int xAccl = ((data[1] * 256) + data[2]) / 16;
  if (xAccl > 2047)
  {
    xAccl -= 4096;
  }
 
  int yAccl = ((data[3] * 256) + data[4]) / 16;
  if (yAccl > 2047)
  {
    yAccl -= 4096;
  }
 
  int zAccl = ((data[5] * 256) + data[6]) / 16;
  if (zAccl > 2047)
  {
    zAccl -= 4096;
  }
 
  // Output data to serial monitor
  Serial.print("Acceleration in X-Axis : ");
  Serial.println(xAccl);
  Serial.print("Acceleration in Y-Axis : ");
  Serial.println(yAccl);
  Serial.print("Acceleration in Z-Axis : ");
  Serial.println(zAccl);
  delay(500);
}

 

Output

Open the serial monitor – this is what you should expect to see

Acceleration in X-Axis : -186
Acceleration in Y-Axis : 330
Acceleration in Z-Axis : 125
Acceleration in X-Axis : -784
Acceleration in Y-Axis : 426
Acceleration in Z-Axis : 76
Acceleration in X-Axis : -225
Acceleration in Y-Axis : 890
Acceleration in Z-Axis : -273
Acceleration in X-Axis : -199
Acceleration in Y-Axis : 1053
Acceleration in Z-Axis : -260

 

Links

https://www.nxp.com/docs/en/data-sheet/MMA8452Q.pdf

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