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Accel 30 Click with EasyPIC v7

Published Nov 01, 2023

Click board™

Accel 30 Click

Development board

EasyPIC v7


NECTO Studio



Sensing in three dimensions has never been more magical, thanks to this 3D acceleration sensor that enhance the way you interact with the world



Hardware Overview

How does it work?

Accel 30 Click is based on the MC3635, a highly reliable digital triaxial acceleration sensor from MEMSIC. The MC3635 is highly configurable with a programmable acceleration range of ±2g, ±4g, ±8g, ±12g, or ±16g, and an internal sample rate from 14 to 1300 samples/second. It contains a 12-bit 32-sample FIFO with a programmable watermark and can be put into several operational modes, such as Sleep/Standby/Sniff/Swake/Cwake/Trig, depending upon the desired sensing application. In addition to all these features, the MC3635 is characterized by excellent temperature stability,

low noise, and low power consumption. This Click board™ allows the use of both I2C and SPI interfaces at a maximum frequency of 1MHz for I2C and 8MHz for SPI communication. Selection is made by positioning SMD jumpers marked COMM SEL to the appropriate position. All jumpers must be on the same side, or the Click board™ may become unresponsive. When the I2C interface is selected, the MC3635 allows the choice of its I2C slave address, using the ADDR SEL SMD jumper set to an appropriate position marked 0 and 1. In addition to communication pins, this board also

possesses an additional interrupt pin, routed to the INT pin on the mikroBUS™ socket, to signal MCU that an event, such as specific tap or sample acquisition conditions, has happened. This Click board™ can be operated only with a 3.3V logic voltage level. The board must perform appropriate logic voltage level conversion before using MCUs with different logic levels. Also, it comes equipped with a library containing functions and an example code that can be used as a reference for further development.

Accel 30 Click top side image
Accel 30 Click bottom side image

Features overview

Development board

EasyPIC v7 is the seventh generation of PIC development boards specially designed to develop embedded applications rapidly. It supports a wide range of 8-bit PIC microcontrollers from Microchip and has a broad set of unique functions, such as a powerful onboard mikroProg programmer and In-Circuit debugger over USB-B. The development board is well organized and designed so that the end-user has all the necessary elements in one place, such as switches, buttons, indicators, connectors, and others. With four different connectors for each port, EasyPIC v7 allows you to connect accessory boards, sensors, and custom electronics more efficiently than ever. Each part of

the EasyPIC v7 development board contains the components necessary for the most efficient operation of the same board. An integrated mikroProg, a fast USB 2.0 programmer with mikroICD hardware In-Circuit Debugger, offers many valuable programming/debugging options and seamless integration with the Mikroe software environment. Besides it also includes a clean and regulated power supply block for the development board. It can use various external power sources, including an external 12V power supply, 7-23V AC or 9-32V DC via DC connector/screw terminals, and a power source via the USB Type-B (USB-B) connector. Communication options such as

USB-UART and RS-232 are also included, alongside the well-established mikroBUS™ standard, three display options (7-segment, graphical, and character-based LCD), and several different DIP sockets. These sockets cover a wide range of 8-bit PIC MCUs, from PIC10F, PIC12F, PIC16F, PIC16Enh, PIC18F, PIC18FJ, and PIC18FK families. EasyPIC v7 is an integral part of the Mikroe ecosystem for rapid development. Natively supported by Mikroe software tools, it covers many aspects of prototyping and development thanks to a considerable number of different Click boards™ (over a thousand boards), the number of which is growing every day.

EasyPIC v7 horizontal image

Microcontroller Overview

MCU Card / MCU




MCU Memory (KB)


Silicon Vendor


Pin count


RAM (Bytes)


Used MCU Pins

mikroBUS™ mapper

SPI Chip Select
SPI Clock
Power Supply
I2C Clock
I2C Data

Take a closer look


Accel 30 Click Schematic schematic

Step by step

Project assembly

EasyPIC v7 front image hardware assembly

Start by selecting your development board and Click board™. Begin with the EasyPIC v7 as your development board.

EasyPIC v7 front image hardware assembly
Buck 22 Click front image hardware assembly
MCU DIP 40 hardware assembly
EasyPIC v7 MB 1 - upright/background hardware assembly
Necto image step 2 hardware assembly
Necto image step 3 hardware assembly
Necto image step 4 hardware assembly
NECTO Compiler Selection Step Image hardware assembly
NECTO Output Selection Step Image hardware assembly
Necto image step 6 hardware assembly
Necto DIP image step 7 hardware assembly
EasyPIC PRO v7a Display Selection Necto Step hardware assembly
Necto image step 9 hardware assembly
Necto image step 10 hardware assembly
Necto PreFlash Image hardware assembly

Track your results in real time

Application Output

After pressing the "FLASH" button on the left-side panel, it is necessary to open the UART terminal to display the achieved results. By clicking on the Tools icon in the right-hand panel, multiple different functions are displayed, among which is the UART Terminal. Click on the offered "UART Terminal" icon.

UART Application Output Step 1

Once the UART terminal is opened, the window takes on a new form. At the top of the tab are two buttons, one for adjusting the parameters of the UART terminal and the other for connecting the UART terminal. The tab's lower part is reserved for displaying the achieved results. Before connecting, the terminal has a Disconnected status, indicating that the terminal is not yet active. Before connecting, it is necessary to check the set parameters of the UART terminal. Click on the "OPTIONS" button.

UART Application Output Step 2

In the newly opened UART Terminal Options field, we check if the terminal settings are correct, such as the set port and the Baud rate of UART communication. If the data is not displayed properly, it is possible that the Baud rate value is not set correctly and needs to be adjusted to 115200. If all the parameters are set correctly, click on "CONFIGURE".

UART Application Output Step 3

The next step is to click on the "CONNECT" button, after which the terminal status changes from Disconnected to Connected in green, and the data is displayed in the Received data field.

UART Application Output Step 4

Software Support

Library Description

This library contains API for Accel 30 Click driver.

Key functions:

  • accel30_get_axis - Accel 30 get accel data function

  • accel30_set_resolution_ctrl - Accel 30 set resolution control function

  • accel30_set_mode - Accel 30 set operating mode function

Open Source

Code example

This example can be found in NECTO Studio. Feel free to download the code, or you can copy the code below.

 * @file main.c
 * @brief Accel 30 Click example
 * # Description
 * This library contains API for Accel 30 Click driver.
 * The library initializes and defines the I2C or SPI bus drivers 
 * to write and read data from registers. 
 * The library also includes a function for reading X-axis, Y-axis, and Z-axis data.
 * The demo application is composed of two sections :
 * ## Application Init
 * The initialization of I2C or SPI module, log UART, and additional pins.
 * After the driver init, the app executes a default configuration.
 * ## Application Task
 * This example demonstrates the use of the Accel 30 Click board™.
 * Measures and displays acceleration data for X-axis, Y-axis, and Z-axis.
 * Results are being sent to the UART Terminal, where you can track their changes.
 * @author Nenad Filipovic

#include "board.h"
#include "log.h"
#include "accel30.h"

static accel30_t accel30;
static log_t logger;

void application_init ( void )
    log_cfg_t log_cfg;  /**< Logger config object. */
    accel30_cfg_t accel30_cfg;  /**< Click config object. */

     * Logger initialization.
     * Default baud rate: 115200
     * Default log level: LOG_LEVEL_DEBUG
     * @note If USB_UART_RX and USB_UART_TX 
     * are defined as HAL_PIN_NC, you will 
     * need to define them manually for log to work. 
     * See @b LOG_MAP_USB_UART macro definition for detailed explanation.
    LOG_MAP_USB_UART( log_cfg );
    log_init( &logger, &log_cfg );
    log_info( &logger, " Application Init " );

    // Click initialization.
    accel30_cfg_setup( &accel30_cfg );
    ACCEL30_MAP_MIKROBUS( accel30_cfg, MIKROBUS_1 );
    err_t init_flag = accel30_init( &accel30, &accel30_cfg );
    if ( ( I2C_MASTER_ERROR == init_flag ) || ( SPI_MASTER_ERROR == init_flag ) )
        log_error( &logger, " Communication init." );
        for ( ; ; );

    if ( ACCEL30_ERROR == accel30_default_cfg ( &accel30 ) )
        log_error( &logger, " Default configuration." );
        for ( ; ; );

    log_info( &logger, " Application Task " );
    log_printf( &logger, "------------------------\r\n" );
    log_printf( &logger, "       Accel Data       \r\n" );
    log_printf( &logger, "------------------------\r\n" );
    Delay_ms( 100 ); 

void application_task ( void )
    static accel30_axis_t axis;
    if ( ACCEL30_OK == accel30_get_axis( &accel30, &axis ) )
        log_printf( &logger, "\tX : %d \r\n\tY : %d \r\n\tZ : %d \r\n", axis.x, axis.y, axis.z );
        log_printf( &logger, "------------------------\r\n" );
    Delay_ms( 1000 );

void main ( void )
    application_init( );

    for ( ; ; )
        application_task( );

// ------------------------------------------------------------------------ END

Additional Support