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Hi, I have a ADXL375 accelerometer evaluation board which I've connected to an atmel board. I'm now able to configure the accelerometer as I want and read the acceleration. I've defined the Bandwidth = 800Hz and I'm reading X0 to Z1 at the same time. With the offset = 0 and Z at -1g and X and Y at 0g, I'm getting the following:

X0 = 64
X1 = 0
Y0 = 80
Y1 = 0
Z0 = 32
Z1 = 255

my sensitivity is 400/8192 = 0.048828125 g/LSB (~=49mg like the datasheet says).

So:

Xaccel = 64 * 0.049 = 3.136g
Yaccel = 80 * 0.049 = 3.92g
Zaccel = -224 * 0.049 = 10.976g

Well, like it says in the datasheet, 1g equals 20.5 LSB so it is not reasonable that I'm getting values >>>>>> 1g.

In the datasheet also says that the typical offset is 400mg ( offset ~= 0x02 for each axis because 1 LSB corresponds to 196 mg, right??) and if we look to the values I'm getting, it makes sense that my sensitivity should be 4.9mg so my values would be:

Xaccel = 0.3136

Yaccel = 0.392

(which would be ~0g with the 400mg of offset

and Zaccel = 1.0976g

Do you know what I'm doing wrong? Are the values that I'm getting normal or do they seem weird for you to?

Hi Ricardo,

The typical sensivity for ADXL375 is 20.5LSB/g and typical scale factor is 49mg/LSB. There is no problem with these. I would suggest you to lower ODR to 100Hz to improve noise influence in test and retry. What's more, please make sure you use burst read to read 3-axes output.

BR

Neil

• With 49 mg/LSB, offset(x,y,z) = 0, ODR = 100Hz and the device on the table in order to get z=1g, x=0g and y=0g, I'm getting:
x= 64 -> 3.14g
y = 72 -> 3.528g
z = 120 -> 5.89g

this is huge! Is this normal? Almost 5g offset in Z axis?

In different acquisitions, I can get y=3g and y=4.5g. 1.5g is a very big difference! I wanted this to be more precise and reliable

• Please try to get 1000 samples and average them to improve the noise influence further. BTW, did you monitor the power supply for ADXL375, is it stable? You can try use 10uF//0.1uF decoupling capacitor to improve the power supply noise too. LDO is recommended to power ADXL375.

• I'm using the ADXL375 Evaluation Board and it has the declouping capacitors. The supply is stable @ 3.3V because I'm powering with a voltage source. I will try to make an average but a difference so big between measurements may not fulfill my demands. I thought this would be more precise.

Thanks

• Hi,

The ADXL375 does have a min/max range of +/-6g, but with that said it would be very unusual for you to see offsets as large as 4.9 g (as you can see in the datasheet Figures 4, 5 and 6).

Please check the setting of the justify register bit in Reg 0x31.  By default this is set to 0 (right justified), but if this is set to 1, the data will be left justified.  If the data is left justified the lsb is actually in bit location D3 of the lower byte.  Coincidentally, all the values you mention show that the 3 lowest bits are 0. Which could suggest the data is left justified, but is being read as
though it is right justified.

If you are still having problems, please lay the board flat and readback 10 time, then flip the board 180 degrees and readback again 10 times and provide this raw data.

Regards,

Anthony

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