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Chipkit Max32 and LSM303 Magnetometer example

by shedboy71

The LSM303 3D Accelerometers/Magnetometer Models are a system-in-package featuring a 3D digital linear acceleration sensor and a 3D digital magnetic sensor. These best-in-class eCompass devices enable superior PDR or unique use cases in emerging applications, including drones and personal navigation systems.

All full-scales available are fully selectable by the user. The device includes an I2C serial bus interface that supports standard and fast mode 100kHz and 400kHz.


  • ST is enabling more accurate personal navigation and tracking for fitness and similar apps, with a new all-in-one eCompass IC
  • Advanced magnetic-sensing and MEMS technologies enable benchmark accuracy, with superior stability, power-saving and integration
  • 3 magnetic field channels and 3 acceleration channels
  • 16-bit data output
  • SPI and/or I2C serial interfaces
  • Analog supply voltage 2.16V to 3.6V
  • Power-down mode / low-power mode
  • Programmable interrupt generators for freefall, motion detection and magnetic field detection
  • Embedded temperature sensor

Here is a picture of the module I bought


This is a schematic of a typical module such as the one above



Now lets look at a layout showing how to connect the module to our Arduino


Schematic and layout

Quite a straightforward connection being an I2C device

max32 and LSM303

max32 and LSM303


This requires the LSM303 Adafruit to be added to the Arduino IDE via the library manager

This is the default magnetometer example

[codesyntax lang=”cpp”]

#include <Wire.h>
#include <Adafruit_Sensor.h>
#include <Adafruit_LSM303_U.h>

/* Assign a unique ID to this sensor at the same time */
Adafruit_LSM303_Mag_Unified mag = Adafruit_LSM303_Mag_Unified(12345);

void displaySensorDetails(void)
  sensor_t sensor;
  Serial.print  ("Sensor:       "); Serial.println(sensor.name);
  Serial.print  ("Driver Ver:   "); Serial.println(sensor.version);
  Serial.print  ("Unique ID:    "); Serial.println(sensor.sensor_id);
  Serial.print  ("Max Value:    "); Serial.print(sensor.max_value); Serial.println(" uT");
  Serial.print  ("Min Value:    "); Serial.print(sensor.min_value); Serial.println(" uT");
  Serial.print  ("Resolution:   "); Serial.print(sensor.resolution); Serial.println(" uT");

void setup(void)
#ifndef ESP8266
  while (!Serial);     // will pause Zero, Leonardo, etc until serial console opens
  Serial.println("Magnetometer Test"); Serial.println("");

  /* Enable auto-gain */

  /* Initialise the sensor */
    /* There was a problem detecting the LSM303 ... check your connections */
    Serial.println("Ooops, no LSM303 detected ... Check your wiring!");

  /* Display some basic information on this sensor */

void loop(void)
  /* Get a new sensor event */
  sensors_event_t event;

  /* Display the results (magnetic vector values are in micro-Tesla (uT)) */
  Serial.print("X: "); Serial.print(event.magnetic.x); Serial.print("  ");
  Serial.print("Y: "); Serial.print(event.magnetic.y); Serial.print("  ");
  Serial.print("Z: "); Serial.print(event.magnetic.z); Serial.print("  ");Serial.println("uT");

  /* Note: You can also get the raw (non unified values) for */
  /* the last data sample as follows. The .getEvent call populates */
  /* the raw values used below. */
  // Serial.print("X Raw: "); Serial.print(mag.raw.x); Serial.print("  ");
  // Serial.print("Y Raw: "); Serial.print(mag.raw.y); Serial.print("  ");
  // Serial.print("Z Raw: "); Serial.print(mag.raw.z); Serial.println("");

  /* Delay before the next sample */



Open the Serial Monitor window and you should see something like this

Magnetometer Test

Sensor: LSM303
Driver Ver: 1
Unique ID: 12345
Max Value: 0.00 uT
Min Value: 0.00 uT
Resolution: 0.00 uT

X: -15.73 Y: -20.00 Z: 40.31 uT
X: -15.82 Y: -20.27 Z: 40.61 uT
X: -15.91 Y: -20.36 Z: 40.82 uT
X: -15.45 Y: -20.09 Z: 40.51 uT
X: -6.91 Y: -9.64 Z: 56.33 uT
X: 6.18 Y: 28.36 Z: 69.39 uT
X: 10.55 Y: 48.55 Z: 62.35 uT
X: 34.64 Y: -15.45 Z: 45.41 uT
X: -21.55 Y: -0.09 Z: 54.29 uT
X: -16.73 Y: -12.82 Z: 48.88 uT



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