30 min

Measure vibration or acceleration of motion using BMA400 and STM32L151ZD

Unlocking motion's hidden potential

Accel 5 Click with UNI Clicker

Published Oct 05, 2023

Click board™

Accel 5 Click

Development board

UNI Clicker


NECTO Studio



Easily measure acceleration forces and enable the monitoring of motion and changes in velocity



Hardware Overview

How does it work?

Accel 5 Click is based on the BMA400, an ultra-low power triaxial accelerometer sensor, from Bosch Sensortec. This sensor has many features perfectly suited for IoT applications and wearables, offering a good balance between the performance and the power consumption. One of its key features is its ultra-low power consumption, allowing it to be used in various always-on low power applications. To improve the battery life even more, this sensor also features a Sleep mode when the sensor current consumption is in magnitude of few hundred nanoamperes. This sensor can measure the acceleration in ranges of ±2 g, ±4 g, ±8, and ±16 g. It also offers lowpass filtering of the output data, in the range from 0.48 x ODR (Output Data Refresh rate), up to maximal ODR frequency of 800Hz. An internal 12bit A/D converter ensures reliable and low noise operation, so that the data coming from the internal MEMS remains clean and accurate. Three power modes allow customized balance between the power consumption and performance. An extensive integrated interrupt engine offers many distinctive functionalities, such as the automatic enter/exit Low Power mode, advanced actions detection such as the running, walking, several other features such as the step counting, and more. After the POR (Power ON Reset) event, the device stays in the Sleep mode. In Sleep mode, the sensor practically does not consume any power (about 300nA), but the sensor functionality is completely suspended. To use the sensor, it has to be either in Low Power mode, where it uses a fixed Output Data Refresh (ODR) of 25Hz, or in the Normal mode. Some options are exclusive only to Normal mode, such as the step counting detection,

output filtering and so on. Normal mode still uses power conservative, allowing the device to be used in the Always-ON low power applications. While operating in Normal mode, two filters are available for the data filtering. The filters can be applied either to the output registers, the FIFO engine, or can be used to process the interrupt data. The first filter can be used to obtain data rates from 12.5Hz up to 800Hz, which is defined by the filter registers, while the second filter offers fixed frequency of 100Hz, superimposed by a frequency of 1Hz. The output noise is affected by the ODR frequency. Acceleration data is available in 12-bit format from both the data registers and the internal FIFO buffer of 1kb. The FIFO buffer can be used for more complex calculations or timed readings. Writing to FIFO buffer is only allowed in the Normal mode, while it can be read in the Low power mode, too. The interrupt engine facilitates the complete FIFO buffer, triggering an interrupt for several FIFO events: overflow event, watermark event, almost full event, and so on. The BMA400 sensor contains an integrated timer, which can be used along with the interrupts to be used for the auto Wakeup or auto Power down functions. The automatic functions are a part of the sensor power management. The automatic mode changes can be set either to an acceleration interrupt after a specified threshold is reached, or it can be set to a timer interrupt: when the timer expires, the interrupt is generated, and the power mode is switched. An extensive interrupt engine offers two layers of interrupts. It offers basic interrupts, including some basic functions, such as the Data Ready interrupt, FIFO buffer related interrupts and the Wakeup event interrupt. Basic interrupts also

report Interrupt overrun event, where too many interrupts are competing, so that the sensor is not able to process them all. Besides the basic interrupts, the interrupt engine offers some more sophisticated, advanced interrupts, that include detection all of the activities: tap/double tap, step counting, activity changed, orientation changed, and two generic interrupts. The advanced interrupts require a certain ODR rate and can be used in the Normal mode exclusively, while basic interrupts offer more rudimental control over events. The advanced interrupt engine can use two programmable interrupt pins. Both of these pins can be assigned with any interrupt source and can be either LOW or HIGH on interrupt, depending on settings in appropriate registers. These two pins are routed to INT and PWM pins of the mikroBUS™, and are labeled as IT1 and IT2, respectively. Besides the acceleration MEMS and complementary analog front-end circuitry, the BMA400 sensor also has an integrated temperature sensor. It is updated every 160ms and sampled with the 8-bit resolution. Thermal data is always available, except when the device is in the Sleep mode. Accel 5 click offers two communication interfaces. It can be used with either I2C or SPI. The onboard SMD jumpers labeled as SEL COM allow switching between the two interfaces. Note that all the jumpers have to be positioned either to I2C or to SPI position. When I2C interface is selected, an additional SMD jumper labeled as the I2C ADD becomes available, determining the least significant bit of the BMA400 I2C address. The Click board™ should be interfaced only with MCUs that operate on 3.3V.

Accel 5 Click top side image
Accel 5 Click bottom side image

Features overview

Development board

UNI Clicker is a compact development board designed as a complete solution that brings the flexibility of add-on Click boards™ to your favorite microcontroller, making it a perfect starter kit for implementing your ideas. It supports a wide range of microcontrollers, such as different ARM, PIC32, dsPIC, PIC, and AVR from various vendors like Microchip, ST, NXP, and TI (regardless of their number of pins), four mikroBUS™ sockets for Click board™ connectivity, a USB connector, LED indicators, buttons, a debugger/programmer connector, and two 26-pin headers for interfacing with external electronics. Thanks to innovative manufacturing technology, it allows you to build

gadgets with unique functionalities and features quickly. Each part of the UNI Clicker development kit contains the components necessary for the most efficient operation of the same board. In addition to the possibility of choosing the UNI Clicker programming method, using a third-party programmer or CODEGRIP/mikroProg connected to onboard JTAG/SWD header, the UNI Clicker board also includes a clean and regulated power supply module for the development kit. It provides two ways of board-powering; through the USB Type-C (USB-C) connector, where onboard voltage regulators provide the appropriate voltage levels to each component on the board, or using a Li-Po/Li

Ion battery via an onboard battery connector. All communication methods that mikroBUS™ itself supports are on this board (plus USB HOST/DEVICE), including the well-established mikroBUS™ socket, a standardized socket for the MCU card (SiBRAIN standard), and several user-configurable buttons and LED indicators. UNI Clicker is an integral part of the Mikroe ecosystem, allowing you to create a new application in minutes. Natively supported by Mikroe software tools, it covers many aspects of prototyping thanks to a considerable number of different Click boards™ (over a thousand boards), the number of which is growing every day.

UNI clicker double image

Microcontroller Overview

MCU Card / MCU



8th Generation


ARM Cortex-M3

MCU Memory (KB)


Silicon Vendor


Pin count


RAM (Bytes)


Used MCU Pins

mikroBUS™ mapper

SPI Chip Select
SPI Clock
Power Supply
Interrupt 2
Interrupt 1
I2C Clock
I2C Data

Take a closer look


Accel 5 Click Schematic schematic

Step by step

Project assembly

UNI Clicker front image hardware assembly

Start by selecting your development board and Click board™. Begin with the UNI Clicker as your development board.

UNI Clicker front image hardware assembly
Thermo 28 Click front image hardware assembly
SiBRAIN for STM32F745VG front image hardware assembly
Prog-cut hardware assembly
UNI Clicker MB 1 - upright/with-background hardware assembly
Necto image step 2 hardware assembly
Necto image step 3 hardware assembly
Necto image step 4 hardware assembly
Necto image step 5 hardware assembly
Necto image step 6 hardware assembly
Necto image step 7 hardware assembly
Necto No Display image step 8 hardware assembly
Necto image step 9 hardware assembly
Necto image step 10 hardware assembly
Debug Image Necto Step hardware assembly

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Application Output

After loading the code example, pressing the "DEBUG" button builds and programs it on the selected setup.

Application Output Step 1

After programming is completed, a header with buttons for various actions available in the IDE appears. By clicking the green "PLAY "button, we start reading the results achieved with Click board™.

Application Output Step 3

Upon completion of programming, the Application Output tab is automatically opened, where the achieved result can be read. In case of an inability to perform the Debug function, check if a proper connection between the MCU used by the setup and the CODEGRIP programmer has been established. A detailed explanation of the CODEGRIP-board connection can be found in the CODEGRIP User Manual. Please find it in the RESOURCES section.

Application Output Step 4

Software Support

Library Description

This library contains API for Accel 5 Click driver.

Key functions:

  • accel5_write_byte - Functions for write one byte in register

  • accel5_read_byte - Functions for read byte from register

  • accel5_read_data - Functions for read data from register

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 
 * \brief Accel5 Click example
 * # Description
 * This application allows linear motion and gravitational force measurements.
 * The demo application is composed of two sections :
 * ## Application Init 
 * Initializes Driver init and settings accelerometer data range and mode.
 * ## Application Task  
 * Reads the accel X / Y / Z axis data, every 500 ms.
 * \author MikroE Team
// ------------------------------------------------------------------- INCLUDES

#include "board.h"
#include "log.h"
#include "accel5.h"

// ------------------------------------------------------------------ VARIABLES

static accel5_t accel5;
static log_t logger;

// ------------------------------------------------------ APPLICATION FUNCTIONS

void application_init ( void )
    log_cfg_t log_cfg;
    accel5_cfg_t cfg;

     * 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.

    accel5_cfg_setup( &cfg );

    if ( accel5_init( &accel5, &cfg ) == ACCEL5_INIT_ERROR )
        log_info( &logger, "---- Application Error ----" );

        for ( ; ; );

    log_info( &logger, "---- Application Init Done ----\n" );

    accel5_soft_reset( &accel5 );
    Delay_ms( 500 );
    accel5_default_cfg( &accel5, ACCEL5_CFG_0_NORMAL_MODE, ACCEL5_CFG_1_ACC_RANGE_4g );
    Delay_ms( 500 );

void application_task ( void )
    int16_t x_axis_data;
    int16_t y_axis_data;
    int16_t z_axis_data;

    //  Task implementation.

    x_axis_data = accel5_get_axis( &accel5, ACCEL5_X_AXIS );
    log_printf ( &logger, " X axis : %d\r\n", x_axis_data );

    y_axis_data = accel5_get_axis( &accel5, ACCEL5_Y_AXIS );
    log_printf ( &logger, " Y axis : %d\r\n", y_axis_data );

    z_axis_data = accel5_get_axis( &accel5, ACCEL5_Z_AXIS );
    log_printf ( &logger, " Z axis : %d\r\n\n", z_axis_data );

    Delay_ms( 500 );

void main ( void )
    application_init( );

    for ( ; ; )
        application_task( );

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

Additional Support