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MMA8450Q Accelerometer and Evaluation Board


Smart low-power, three-axis, capacitive micromachined accelerometer from Freescale


Freescale's MMA8450Q Accelerometer and Evaluation Board Freescale Semiconductor's MMA8450Q is a smart low-power, three-axis, capacitive micromachined accelerometer featuring 12 bits of resolution. This accelerometer is packed with embedded functions with flexible user programmable options, configurable to two interrupt pins. Embedded interrupt functions allow for overall power savings relieving the host processor from continuously polling data. The MMA8450Q’s Embedded FIFO buffer can be configured to log up to 32 samples of X, Y, and Z-axis 12-bit (or 8-bit for faster download) data. The FIFO enables a more efficient analysis of gestures and user programmable algorithms, ensuring no loss of data on a shared I²C bus, and enables system level power saving (up to 96% of the total power consumption savings) by allowing the applications processor to sleep while data is logged. There is access to both low-pass filtered data as well as high-pass filtered data, which minimizes the data analysis required for jolt detection and faster transitions. The MMA8450Q has user selectable full scales of ±2g/±4g/±8g. The device can be configured to generate inertial wake-up interrupt signals from any combination of the configurable embedded functions allowing the MMA8450Q to monitor events and remain in a low power mode during periods of inactivity.

Features Applications
  • 1.71 V to 1.89 V supply voltage
  • ±2g/±4g/±8g dynamically selectable full-scale
  • Output Data Rate (ODR) from 400 Hz to 1.563 Hz
  • 375 μg/√Hz noise at normal mode ODR = 400 Hz
  • 12-bit digital output
  • Static orientation detection (portrait/landscape, up/down, left/right, back/ front position identification)
  • Real-time orientation detection (virtual reality and gaming 3D user position feedback)
  • Real-time activity analysis (pedometer step counting, freefall drop detection for HDD, dead-reckoning GPS backup)
  • Motion detection for portable product power saving (auto-sleep and auto-wake for cell phone, PDA, GPS, gaming)

Digi-Key P/N Manufacturer P/N Description Datasheet
MMA8450QT-ND MMA8450QT IC ACCEL I2C 2G/4G/8G 16QFN Datasheet
RD3924MMA8450Q-ND RD3924MMA8450Q BOARD DEV ACCELEROMETER MMA8450 Datasheet