micro:bit and MPL3115A2 absolute pressure sensor example

The MPL3115A2 is a compact, piezoresistive, absolute pressure sensor with an I2C digital interface. MPL3115A2 has a wide operating range of 20 kPa to 110 kPa, a range that covers all surface elevations on earth. The MEMS is temperature compensated utilizing an on-chip temperature sensor. The pressure and temperature data is fed into a high resolution ADC to provide fully compensated and digitized outputs for pressure in Pascals and temperature in °C.

The compensated pressure output can then be converted to altitude, utilizing the formula stated in Section 9.1.3 “Pressure/altitude” provided in meters.The internal processing in MPL3115A2 removes compensation and unit conversion load from the system MCU, simplifying system design

Parts List

Quantity Link
1 MPL3115A2 I2C Intelligent Temperature Pressure Altitude Sensor V2.0 for Arduino
1 BBC micro:bit bulk micro-controller with motion detection, compass, LED display and Bluetooth

Schematics/Layout

microbit and MPL3115A2
microbit and MPL3115A2

Code

Again we use a library  –https://github.com/adafruit/Adafruit_MPL3115A2_Library

#include <Wire.h>
#include <Adafruit_MPL3115A2.h>
 
// Power by connecting Vin to 3-5V, GND to GND
// Uses I2C - connect SCL to the SCL pin, SDA to SDA pin
// See the Wire tutorial for pinouts for each Arduino
// http://arduino.cc/en/reference/wire
Adafruit_MPL3115A2 baro = Adafruit_MPL3115A2();
 
void setup() 
{
  Serial.begin(9600);
  Serial.println("Adafruit_MPL3115A2 test!");
}
 
void loop() 
{
  if (! baro.begin()) 
  {
  Serial.println("Couldnt find sensor");
  return;
 
 
  float pascals = baro.getPressure();
  // Our weather page presents pressure in Inches (Hg)
  // Use http://www.onlineconversion.com/pressure.htm for other units
  Serial.print(pascals/3377); Serial.println(" Inches (Hg)");
 
  float altm = baro.getAltitude();
  Serial.print(altm); Serial.println(" meters");
 
  float tempC = baro.getTemperature();
  Serial.print(tempC); Serial.println("*C");
 
  delay(250);
  }
}

 

Output

Open the serial monito

Adafruit_MPL3115A2 test!
30.17 Inches (Hg)
-48.25 meters
35.75*C
30.17 Inches (Hg)
-47.81 meters
35.63*C
30.17 Inches (Hg)
-48.00 meters
35.56*C
30.17 Inches (Hg)
-47.81 meters
35.44*C

 

Links

https://www.nxp.com/docs/en/data-sheet/MPL3115A2.pdf

MPL3115A2 I2C Intelligent Temperature Pressure Altitude Sensor V2.0 for Arduino