A 6 Channel, 24bit, FeatherWing board for full bridge sensors (e.g., load cells, pressure transducers, strain gauges)Designed by JTinker in United States of America
Description This is a simple but versatile Feather compatible board. It uses an AD7794, a very robust 6 channel 24 bit ADC. It's a relatively slow converter (470 Hz Max), but this board is really s...Read More…
This is a simple but versatile Feather compatible board. It uses an AD7794, a very robust 6 channel 24 bit ADC. It's a relatively slow converter (470 Hz Max), but this board is really suited for lower power, monitoring type applications and can consume as little as 2 μA in standby. It has an on-board 2.5 V regulator for excitation voltage and is designed primarily to read load cells and pressure gauges. However, it can also be used to read any ratiometric sensor (such as potentiometers), thermocouples, or any 0 - 3.3 V signal.
Update - New Revision!
I have added 1 MOhm bias resistors to the bottom of the board to make easier/possible to read thermocouples. While the AD7794 has an on-board bias voltage generator, it is only available on channels 1,2 & 3. It also seems to be pretty noisy for some reason. Now you can a read a thermocouple on any channel by soldering the 2 jumpers closed to connect the resistors. (Bias resistors are needed to shift the output of a thermocouple to 1/2 the common mode range of the ADC.)
The board is available with screw terminals, Plug in spring terminal connectors, or pin headers for the sensor connections. All terminals and headers are sold unsoldered by default.
Why did you make it?
I designed this board to make it easier to get high quality sensor readings with open source hardware. I first used this ADC in a wireless strain gauge logger design back in 2010 and I was very happy with it. Recently while revisiting my old design, I ended up creating a FeatherWing style breakout for easy prototyping with different host microcontrollers. I thought others might find the board useful, so after a couple revisions, here we are. The library has been tested to work with Adafruit M0, 32U4, and ESP8266* based Feathers; and with the Teensy 3.2 (in Feather adapter board).
*The ESP8266 has a quirky SPI interface that requires a workaround in the library
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