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L3GD20 (L3G4200 Upgrade) Triple-Axis Gyro Breakout Board

SKU: ADA1032

$29.81 AUD, inc GST

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L3GD20 (L3G4200 Upgrade) Triple-Axis Gyro Breakout Board
29.81 AUD

SKU: ADA1032

$29.81 AUD, inc GST
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A gyroscope is a type of sensor that can sense twisting and turning motions. Often paired with an accelerometer, you can use these to do 3D motion capture and inertial measurement (that is - you can tell how an object is moving!) As these sensors become more popular and easier to manufacture, the prices for them have dropped to the point where you can easily afford a triple-axis gyro! Only a decade ago, this space-tech sensor would have been hundreds of dollars. 

This breakout board is based around the latest gyro technology, the L3GD20 from STMicro. It's the upgrade to the L3G4200 (see this app note on what to look for if upgrading an existing design to the L3GD20) with three full axes of sensing. The chip can be set to ±250, ±500, or ±2000 degree-per-second scale for a large range of sensitivity. There's also build in high and low pass sensing to make data processing easier. The chip supports both I2C and SPI so you can interface with any microcontroller easily. 

Since this chip is a 3.3V max device, but many of Adafruit's customers want to use it with an Arduino, Adafruit soldered it to a breakout board with level shifting circuitry so you can use the I2C or SPI interface safely using a 5V interface device. They also places a 3.3V regulator on there so you can power it from 5V. 

Since Adafruit expects people will want to attach it firmly to their project, the PCB comes with four 2.1mm mounting holes. Use #2-56 imperial or M2 screws screws. 

Getting started is easy - simply connect SDA to your Arduino I2C data pin (On the UNO this is A4), SCL to I2C clock (Uno: A5), GND to ground, and Vin to 3 or 5VDC. Then install and run Adafruit's easy to use Arduino library, which will print out the XYZ sensor data to the serial terminal. Our library also supports SPI on any 4 digital I/O pins, see the example for wiring. 

Please note: This gyro chip is export controlled - you can only purchase it if you are in the USA. At this time, Adafruit are not permitting resellers to purchase this sensor.

Technical Details

Dimensions (without header): 

  • Length:30.65mm
  • Width:19.11mm
  • Height:3mm
  • Weight:2.02g


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