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Chipkit Max32 and ADXL335 accelerometer example

by shedboy71

The ADXL335 is a small, thin, low power, complete 3-axis accelerometer with signal conditioned voltage outputs. The product measures acceleration with a minimum full-scale range of ±3 g. It can measure the static acceleration of gravity in tiltsensing applications, as well as dynamic acceleration resulting from motion, shock, or vibration.

The user selects the bandwidth of the accelerometer using the CX, CY, and CZ capacitors at the XOUT, YOUT, and ZOUT pins. Bandwidths can be selected to suit the application, with a range of 0.5 Hz to 1600 Hz for X and Y axes, and a range of 0.5 Hz to 550 Hz for the Z axis.

Here is a typical module that makes it easy to work with the ADXL335


Name: ADXL335 module (triaxial accelerometer analog output)
Model: GY-61
Power supply :3-5v
Analog X, Y, Z three-axis output

Parts List

name Link
Chipkit Max32 Digilent chipKIT Max32 Microcontroller Board with Mega R3 Headers – 410-202
ADXL335 module GY-61 ADXL335 Module Triaxial Acceleration Gravity Angle Sensor
connecting wire Free shipping Dupont line 120pcs 20cm male to male + male to female and female to female jumper wire



The following layout shows how to wire the ADXL335 module up to a Chipkit Max32

max32 and ADXL335

max32 and ADXL335




[codesyntax lang=”cpp”]

const int xpin = A0; // x-axis of the accelerometer
const int ypin = A1; // y-axis
const int zpin = A2; // z-axis

void setup()

void loop()
int x = analogRead(xpin); //read from xpin
delay(1); //
int y = analogRead(ypin); //read from ypin
int z = analogRead(zpin); //read from zpin

float zero_G = 512.0; //ADC is 0~1023 the zero g output equal to Vs/2
float scale = 102.3; //ADXL335330 Sensitivity is 330mv/g
//330 * 1024/3.3/1000
Serial.print(((float)x - 331.5)/65*9.8); //print x value on serial monitor
Serial.print(((float)y - 329.5)/68.5*9.8); //print y value on serial monitor
Serial.print(((float)z - 340)/68*9.8); //print z value on serial monitor
delay(1000); //wait for 1 second 



Open the serial monitor and you should see something like this

94.61 20.53 9.51
76.21 20.67 9.51
76.06 22.10 16.43
76.67 21.96 16.57
76.67 15.95 24.93
77.72 23.82 16.86
76.67 22.39 2.16
75.61 7.51 17.44
76.82 28.26 25.51
77.72 27.68 7.93
76.21 21.67 29.26
77.72 18.53 27.24




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