Features and Benefits
- Multipurpose accelerometer with 10- to 13-bit resolution for use in a wide variety of applications
- Digital output accessible via SPI (3- and 4-wire) and I2C
- Built-in motion detection features make tap, double-tap, activity, inactivity, orientation, and free-fall detection trivial user-adjustable thresholds interrupts independently mappable to two interrupt pins
- Low power operation down to 23 μA and embedded FIFO for reducing overall system power
- Wide supply and I/O voltage range: 1.7 V to 2.75 V
- Wide operating temperature range
(−40°C to +85°C)
- 10,000 g shock survival
- Small, thin Pb free, RoHS compliant
3 mm × 3 mm × 0.95 mm LGA package
The ADXL344 is a versatile 3-axis, digital-output, low g MEMS accelerometer. Selectable measurement range and bandwidth and configurable, built-in motion detection make it suitable for sensing acceleration in a wide variety of applications. Robustness to 10,000 g of shock and a wide temperature range (−40°C to +85°C) enable use of the accelerometer even in harsh environments.
The ADXL344 measures acceleration with high resolution (13-bit) measurement at up to ±16 g. Digital output data is formatted as 16-bit twos complement and is accessible through either a SPI (3- or 4-wire) or I2C digital interface. The ADXL344 can measure the static acceleration of gravity in tilt-sensing applications, as well as dynamic acceleration resulting from motion or shock. Its high resolution (3.9 mg/LSB) enables measurement of inclination changes less than 1.0°.
Several special sensing functions are provided. Activity and inactivity sensing detect the presence or lack of motion. Tap sensing detects single and double taps in any direction. Free-fall sensing detects if the device is falling. Orientation detection reports four- and six-position orientation and can trigger an interrupt upon change in orientation. These functions can be mapped individually to either of two interrupt output pins.
An integrated memory management system with a 32-level first in, first out (FIFO) buffer can be used to store data to minimize host processor activity and lower overall system power consumption.
The ADXL344 is supplied in a small, thin, 3 mm × 3 mm × 0.95 mm, 16-terminal, plastic package.
- Gaming and pointing devices
- Personal navigation devices
- Hard disk drive (HDD) protection
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Evaluation Kits (3)
The EVAL-ADXL344Z is a simple breakout board that enables easy connection of an ADXL344 into an existing system. The ADXL344 is a digital-output, 3-axis accelerometer whose low power consumption and built-in features make it ideal for use in a wide variety of applications. Due to its small size, the EVAL-ADXL344Z has minimal effect on performance of the system and of the accelerometer, and thus it is ideal for evaluation of the ADXL344 in an existing system. Note that the ADXL346 must be communicated with digitally via SPI or I2C. No processor is included with the EVAL-ADXL344Z; firmware must be supplied externally by the user. For evaluation boards that include a processor, please see the EVAL-ADXL344Z-M and the ADXL344Z-DB.
The ADXL344 Development Board is an easy-to-use tool designed to shorten application development time by providing a ready-to-use platform for data collection and firmware development.
The board is pre-configured as a datalogger that can be used to gather data for refining algorithms, tuning thresholds, and generally familiarizing oneself with accelerometer data. Powered by two AAA batteries, the board is completely untethered and integrates seamlessly into portable applications. Logged data is stored on a MicroSD memory card, providing essentially unlimited memory capacity and operating system versatility. Data is stored in a text (.txt) file, so no software installation is required to operate the board or read data. A 2GB MicroSD card and a USB MicroSD card reader are provided with the board.
Additionally, the board is fully programmable, providing a hardware platform on which firmware can be tested in parallel with development of application hardware. Communications and processing are performed by an ARM7-based ADuC7024 micro-controller, and firmware is written in C. A programming cable is provided with the board, and a development environment and header files are supplied on this page. Finally, the platform can be duplicated in the final application, having already been tested with the application firmware. Schematics and layout can be found under the Supporting Documentation tab and can be used freely in your application.
Note that this board is not configured to display real-time data. For real-time evaluation of the ADXL344, please refer to the Inertial Sensor Evaluation Board. For a simple ADXL344 Breakout Board, refer to the EVAL-ADXL344Z.
The iMEMS® Real Time Eval System is an easy-to-use evaluation tool targeting bench or desktop characterization of Analog Devices, Inc., inertial sensor products. The system consists of the inertial sensor evaluation board (ISEB), or main board, and a satellite board for any Analog Devices inertial sensor product. The ISEB connects directly to a PC via an USB cable, with the USB connection providing both communications and power to the board. The ISEB is connected to the satellite board through a ribbon cable. This cable allows the satellite to be easily manipulated for testing or separately placed into an environmental chamber for temperature or humidity testing. Separating the boards mitigates corruption of data due to the temperature and humidity effects of other components.
The ISEB is an universal main board and is intended to be used with various satellites of Analog Devices inertial sensors, including analog and digital accelerometers, as well as gyroscopes. The different products are evaluated by means of separate GUIs that are customized for performance and characterization measurements relevant to the inertial sensor being evaluated.
The EVAL-ADxZ-M system contains the ISEB and the EVAL-ADxZ-S satellite. Also included is an USB A to Mini-B cable to connect the ISEB to a PC and an 18-inch, 20-pin ribbon cable to connect the ISEB to the satellite.
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