Load Cell 5 Click is a compact add-on board that represents a weigh scale solution. This board features the AD7780, a pin-programmable, low power, 24-bit sigma-delta ΣΔ ADC from Analog Devices. It interfaces directly to the load cell, where the low-level signal from the load cell is amplified by the AD7780’s internal low noise programmable gain amplifier programmed to operate with a gain of 128 or 1. It also has a power-down mode allowing the user to switch off the power to the bridge sensor and power-down the AD7780 when not converting, increasing the product battery life. This Click board™ has many features that make it a perfect solution for safety-critical and weight measurement applications.
Load Cell 5 Click is supported by a mikroSDK compliant library, which includes functions that simplify software development.
Load Cell 5 Click as its foundation uses the AD7780, a pin programmable, low power, low drift 24-bit ΣΔ ADC from Analog Devices, that includes a PGA and uses an internal clock. The AD7780 typically consumes only 330μA and simplifies this weigh scale design since most of the system building blocks are already on the chip. The AD7780 has two filter options selectable via FIL pin(low state - the 16.7Hz, high state - 10Hz) and a Power-Down Mode allowing the user to switch off the power to the bridge sensor and power-down the AD7780 when not converting, increasing the battery life.
Since the AD7780 provides an integrated solution for weighing scales, it interfaces directly to the load cell. The only required external components, which are also on the Click board™, are filters on the analog inputs and capacitors on the reference pins for EMC purposes. The low-level signal from the load cell is amplified by the AD7780’s internal PGA programmed via the PWM pin of the mikroBUS™ socket, labeled as GN, to operate with a gain of 128 or 1. The conversions from the AD7780 are then sent to the MCU through SPI serial interface, where the digital information is converted to weight.
This Click board™ uses the 6-wire load cell configuration, which has two sense pins, ground, power supply, and two output connections. The load cell differential SENSE lines connected to the AD7780 reference inputs create a ratiometric configuration immune to low-frequency changes in the power supply excitation voltage. Those sense pins are connected to the high and low sides of the Wheatstone bridge, where voltage can be accurately measured, regardless of the voltage drop due to the wiring resistance.
The AD7780 has separate analog and digital power supply pins. The analog and digital power supplies are independent of each other to be different, or the same, potentials achieved with the AVDD SEL jumper. This feature allows selecting the AD7780 power supply between an external power supply (2.7 - 5.25V) and logic voltage levels supplied via mikroBUS™ rails.
Load Cell 5 Click communicates with MCU using a standard SPI interface with a dual-purpose DOUT/RDY line. This line can function as a regular data output pin for the SPI interface or as a data ready pin (interrupt) labeled as RDY and routed on the INT pin of the mikroBUS socket. Also, it uses the RST pin on the mikroBUS™ socket, which performs the Hardware Reset function by putting this pin in a logic low state, and a blue diode labeled as ACTIVE used to indicate the device's Active Operational Status.
This Click board™ can operate with both 3.3V and 5V logic voltage levels selected via the VCC SEL jumper. This way, it is allowed for both 3.3V and 5V capable MCUs to properly use the I2C communication lines. However, the Click board™ comes equipped with a library containing easy-to-use functions and an example code that can be used, as a reference, for further development.
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