This version (05 Feb 2014 19:03) was approved by Lars-Peter Clausen.The Previously approved version (13 Nov 2012 14:40) is available.Diff

Supported Devices

Evaluation Boards


The ADXL362 is an ultralow power, 3-axis MEMS accelerometer that consumes less than 2 μA at a 100 Hz output data rate and 270 nA when in motion triggered wake-up mode. Unlike accelerometers that use power duty cycling to achieve low power consumption, the ADXL362 does not alias input signals by undersampling; it samples the full bandwidth of the sensor at all data rates.

The ADXL362 always provides 12-bit output resolution; 8-bit formatted data is also provided for more efficient single-byte transfers when a lower resolution is sufficient. Measurement ranges of ±2 g, ±4 g, and ±8 g are available, with a resolution of 1 mg/LSB on the ±2 g range. For applications where a noise level lower than the normal 550 μg/√Hz of the ADXL362 is desired, either of two lower noise modes (down to 175 μg/√Hz typical) can be selected at minimal increase in supply current.

In addition to its ultralow power consumption, the ADXL362 has many features to enable true system level power reduction. It includes a deep multimode output FIFO, a built-in micropower temperature sensor, and several activity detection modes including adjustable threshold sleep and wake-up operation that can run as low as 270 nA at a 6 Hz (approximate) measurement rate. A pin output is provided to directly control an external switch when activity is detected, if desired. In addition, the ADXL362 has provisions for external control of sampling time and/or an external clock.

The ADXL362 operates on a wide 1.6 V to 3.5 V supply range, and can interface, if necessary, to a host operating on a separate, lower supply voltage. ADXL362 is available in a 3 mm × 3.25 mm × 1.06 mm package.


  • Hearing aids
  • Home healthcare devices
  • Motion enabled power save switches
  • Wireless sensors
  • Motion enabled metering devices

01 Oct 2012 11:49 · Dragos Bogdan

The goal of this project (Microcontroller No-OS) is to be able to provide reference projects for lower end processors, which can't run Linux, or aren't running a specific operating system, to help those customers using microcontrollers with ADI parts. Here you can find a generic driver which can be used as a base for any microcontroller platform and also specific drivers for different microcontroller platforms.

Driver Description

The driver contains two parts:

  • The driver for the ADXL362 part, which may be used, without modifications, with any microcontroller.
  • The Communication Driver, where the specific communication functions for the desired type of processor and communication protocol have to be implemented. This driver implements the communication with the device and hides the actual details of the communication protocol to the ADI driver.

The Communication Driver has a standard interface, so the ADXL362 driver can be used exactly as it is provided.

There are three functions which are called by the ADXL362 driver:

  • SPI_Init() – initializes the communication peripheral.
  • SPI_Write() – writes data to the device.
  • SPI_Read() – reads data from the device.

SPI driver architecture

The following functions are implemented in this version of ADXL362 driver:

Function Description
char ADXL362_Init(void) Initializes the device.
void ADXL362_SetRegisterValue(unsigned short registerValue, unsigned char registerAddress, unsigned char bytesNumber) Writes data into a register.
void ADXL362_GetRegisterValue(unsigned char *pReadData, unsigned char registerAddress, unsigned char bytesNumber) Performs a burst read of a specified number of registers.
void ADXL362_GetFifoValue(unsigned char *pBuffer, unsigned short bytesNumber) Reads multiple bytes from the device's FIFO buffer.
void ADXL362_SoftwareReset(void) Resets the device via SPI communication bus.
void ADXL362_SetPowerMode(unsigned char pwrMode) Places the device into standby/measure mode.
void ADXL362_SetRange(unsigned char gRange) Selects the measurement range.
void ADXL362_SetOutputRate(unsigned char outRate) Selects the Output Data Rate of the device.
void ADXL362_GetXyz(short *x, short *y, short *z) Reads the 3-axis raw data from the accelerometer.
void ADXL362_GetGxyz(float* x, float* y, float* z) Reads the 3-axis raw data from the accelerometer and converts it to g.
float ADXL362_ReadTemperature(void) Reads the temperature of the device.
void ADXL362_FifoSetup(unsigned char mode, unsigned short waterMarkLvl, unsigned char enTempRead) Configures the FIFO feature.
void ADXL362_SetupActivityDetection(unsigned char refOrAbs, unsigned short threshold, unsigned char time) Configures activity detection.
void ADXL362_SetupInactivityDetection(unsigned char refOrAbs, unsigned short threshold, unsigned short time) Configures inactivity detection.
resources/tools-software/uc-drivers/adxl362.txt · Last modified: 03 Jul 2013 16:09 by Lucian Sin