+/- 1.7g Dual-Axis IMEMS Accelerometer Using ADXL203

The ADXL203 Module is high precision, low power, complete dual-axis accelerometers with signal conditioned voltage outputs, all on a single, monolithic IC. The ADXL203 measure acceleration with a full-scale range of ±1.7 g, ±5 g, or ±18 g. The ADXL203 can measure both dynamic acceleration (for example, vibration) and static acceleration (for example, gravity).The typical noise floor is 110 μg/√Hz, allowing signals below 1 mg (0.06° of inclination) to be resolved in tilt sensing applications using narrow bandwidths (<60 Hz).The user selects the bandwidth of the accelerometer using Capacitor CX and Capacitor CY at the XOUT and YOUT pins. Bandwidths of 0.5 Hz to 2.5 kHz can be selected to suit the application.

+ 1.7g Dual-Axis IMEMS Accelerometer Using ADXL203


  • Supply 4.75V To 5.25V
  • Output 1.4V To 3V ( 2.2V Center ) Aproxx.
  • High performance, dual-axis accelerometer on a single IC chip
  • 5 mm × 5 mm × 2 mm LCC package
  • 1 mg resolution at 60 Hz
  • Low power: 700 μA at VS = 5 V (typical)
  • High zero g bias stability
  • High sensitivity accuracy
  • −40°C to +125°C temperature range
  • X and Y axes aligned to within 0.1° (typical)
  • Bandwidth adjustment with a single capacitor
  • Single-supply operation
  • 3500 g shock survival
  • Sensitivity is essentially ratiometric to VCC For VCC = 4.75 V to 5.25 V, sensitivity is 186 mV/V/g to 215 mV/V/g.
  • 4 Actual frequency response controlled by user-supplied external capacitor (CX, CY).
  • 5 Bandwidth = 1/(2 × π × 32 kΩ × C). For CX, CY = 0.002 μF, bandwidth = 2500 Hz. For CX, CY = 10 μF, bandwidth = 0.5 Hz. Minimum/maximum values are not tested. 6 Self-test response changes cubically with VS.
  • 7 Larger values of CX, CY increase turn-on time. Turn-on time is approximately 160 × CX or CY + 4 ms, where CX, CY are in μF.


  • Vehicle dynamic controls
  • Electronic chassis controls
  • Platform stabilization/leveling
  • Navigation
  • Alarms and motion detectors
  • High accuracy, 2-axis tilt sensing
  • Vibration monitoring and compensation


Theory of Operation

The ADXL203 are complete acceleration measurement systems on a single, monolithic IC. The is a single-axis accelerometer, and the ADXL203 is a dual-axis accelerometer. Both parts contain a polysilicon surface-micro-machined sensor and signal conditioning circuitry to implement an open-loop acceleration measurement architecture. The output signals are analog voltages that are proportional to acceleration. The ADXL203 are capable of measuring both positive and negative accelerations from ±1.7 g to at least ±18 g. The accelerometer can measure static acceleration forces, such as gravity, allowing it to be used as a tilt sensor. The sensor is a surface-micromachined polysilicon structure built on top of the silicon wafer. Polysilicon springs suspend the structure over the surface of the wafer and provide a resistance against acceleration forces. Deflection of the structure is measured using a differential capacitor that consists of independent fixed plates and plates attached to the moving mass. The fixed plates are driven by 180° out-of-phase square waves. Acceleration deflects the beam and unbalances the differential capacitor, resulting in an output square wave whose amplitude is proportional to acceleration. Phase-sensitive demodulation techniques are then used to rectify the signal and determine the direction of the acceleration.

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