ADXL Dual Axis Accelerometers with Digital Output. By: Lambert Lo. With diagrams provided by: Ralph Nevins. A Dual Axis accelerometer ADXL will be. The ADXL can measure both dynamic acceleration (e.g., vibration) and static acceleration. The accelerometer measures static force such as gravity, allowing. Compare adxl price and availability by authorized and independent electronic component distributors.

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Autopilot: Interfacing the ADXL accelerometer

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Since device performance is so dependent on sensor design, a brief explanation of some of the key factors in beam design is appropriate. The ADXL Interactive Designer is an Excel-based spreadsheet adxl202 adx2l02 takes the user through the design process of selecting ADXL components and defining software parameters wdxl202 microcontroller interface.


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Dual Axis, Low g, Fully Integrated Accelerometers

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