SparkFun Triple Axis Accelerometer Breakout - BMA400 (Qwiic) Hookup Guide

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Introduction

The SparkFun Triple Axis Accelerometer Breakout - BMA400 (Qwiic) (Standard and Micro) offer a 3-axis acceleration sensor perfect for ultra low-power applications on a easy to use Qwiic breakout boards. The Qwiic system allows for integration into your I2C system with no soldering required. The standard size Qwiic breakout also includes 0.1"-spaced PTH pins connected to the sensor's communication interface and interrupt pins for applications that require a traditional soldered connection.

SparkFun Triple Axis Accelerometer Breakout - BMA400 (Qwiic)

SparkFun Triple Axis Accelerometer Breakout - BMA400 (Qwiic)

SEN-21208
$8.95
SparkFun Micro Triple Axis Accelerometer Breakout - BMA400 (Qwiic)

SparkFun Micro Triple Axis Accelerometer Breakout - BMA400 (Qwiic)

SEN-21207
$9.95

The BMA400 from Bosch Sensortech© has a full scale acceleration range of ±2/±4/±8/±16g with exceptionally low current consumption of < 14.5µA while operating at its highest performance settings. The sensor also includes a complete feature set for on-chip interrupts including step counter, activity recognition, orientation detection and tap/double tap.

This guide will go into detail on the features of the BMA400 and hardware on these boards as well as how to integrate it into a Qwiic circuit using the SparkFun BMA400 Arduino Library.

Required Materials

To follow along with this guide you will need a microcontroller to communicate with the BMA400. Below are a few options that come Qwiic-enabled out of the box:

SparkFun Thing Plus - ESP32 WROOM (Micro-B)

SparkFun Thing Plus - ESP32 WROOM (Micro-B)

WRL-15663
$22.50
13
SparkFun RedBoard Plus

SparkFun RedBoard Plus

DEV-18158
$21.50
6
SparkFun Thing Plus - Artemis

SparkFun Thing Plus - Artemis

WRL-15574
$22.50
3
SparkFun RedBoard Artemis

SparkFun RedBoard Artemis

DEV-15444
$21.50
10

If your chosen microcontroller is not already Qwiic-enabled, you can add that functionality with one or more of the following items:

SparkFun Qwiic Cable Kit

SparkFun Qwiic Cable Kit

KIT-15081
$8.95
21
SparkFun Qwiic Adapter

SparkFun Qwiic Adapter

DEV-14495
$1.60
4
SparkFun Qwiic Shield for Arduino

SparkFun Qwiic Shield for Arduino

DEV-14352
$7.50
9
SparkFun Qwiic Shield for Thing Plus

SparkFun Qwiic Shield for Thing Plus

DEV-16790
$4.95

You will also need at least one Qwiic cable to connect your sensor to your microcontroller.

Qwiic Cable - 50mm

Qwiic Cable - 50mm

PRT-14426
$0.95
Qwiic Cable - 100mm

Qwiic Cable - 100mm

PRT-14427
$1.50

Qwiic Cable - 500mm

PRT-14429
1 Retired

Qwiic Cable - 200mm

PRT-14428
Retired

Suggested Reading

If you aren't familiar with the Qwiic system, we recommend reading here for an overview.

Qwiic Connect System

We also recommend taking a look at the following tutorials if you aren't familiar with the concepts covered in them. If you are using one of the Qwiic Shields listed above, you may want to read through their respective Hookup Guides as well before you get started with the SparkFun Triple Axis Accelerometer Breakout - BMA400 (Qwiic).

I2C

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Qwiic Shield for Arduino & Photon Hookup Guide

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