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What is an Accelerometer?

An accelerometer measures proper acceleration, associated with the weight of a test mass. An accelerometer behaves like a damped mass on a spring. When an accelerometer experiences acceleration, the mass is displaced to the point ofat which the spring can accelerate the mass at the same rate as the casing. The displacement is then measured in order to give the acceleration. In semiconductor devices, piezoresistive, piezoelectric and capacitive components are commonly used in order to convert the mechanical motion into an electrical signal and are unmatched in terms of their low packaged weight, high temperature range and upper frequency range. Modern accelerometers, or small MEMS (micro electro-mechanical systems), are the simplest MEMS devices.

Types of Accelerometers

There are many different kinds of accelerometers and at Future Electronics we stock many of the most common types categorized by sensing axis, operating temperature range, sensing range, supply voltage, packaging type and supply current. The parametric filters on our website can help refine your search results depending on the required specifications.

The most common sizes for supply voltage are 2.16 to 3.6 V, 2.4 to 3.6 V and 4.75 to 5.25 V. We also carry accelerometers with supply voltage as high as 36 V. Supply current can be between ±1 µA and 6 A, with the most common accelerometer chips using a supply current of 5 mA or 300 µA.

Accelerometers from Future Electronics

Future Electronics has a full chip selection of programmable analog accelerometers from several manufacturers that can be used to design a USB accelerometer, accelerometer pedometer, 3 (three) axis / triaxial accelerometer, wireless accelerometer, high temperature accelerometer, smartphone accelerometer, portable accelerometer, Bluetooth accelerometer, single axis accelerometer, digital accelerometer, vibration accelerometer, piezoresistive accelerometer, high sensitivity accelerometer or for programming any circuit that might require an accelerometer. Simply choose from the accelerometer technical attributes below and your search results will quickly be narrowed to match your specific accelerometer application needs.

If you have a preferred brand, we deal with several manufacturers such as Bosch, Freescale Semiconductor, Measurement Specialties or STMicroelectronics, among other chip manufacturers. You can easily refine your accelerometer product search results by clicking your preferred accelerometer brand below from our list of manufacturers.

Applications for Accelerometers:

Accelerometers can be used in order to measure vehicle acceleration. They are also used to measure the vibration in vehicles, process control systems, machines, buildings and safety installations. They can also measure seismic activity, inclination, dynamic distance, speed and machine vibration. Accelerometers are also increasingly found in biological sciences and allow the discrimination of behavioral patterns when animals are out of sight. They can also be found in machinery health monitoring applications to report vibrations and their changes in time of shafts at the bearings of rotating equipment like fans, turbines, pumps, compressors, rollers and cooling towers.

Choosing the Right Accelerometer:

When you are looking for the right accelerometers, with the FutureElectronics.com parametric search, you can filter the results by various attributes: by Sensing Axis (X, X-Y, X-Y-Z, X-Z, Z), Supply Current (±1 µA, 400 to 600 µA, 5 mA …) and Supply Voltage (up to 36 V) to name a few. You will be able to find the right programmable semiconductor chip from several manufacturers that can be used to design an accelerometer pedometer, single axis accelerometer, 3 (three) axis / triaxial accelerometer, USB accelerometer, smartphone accelerometer, portable accelerometer, Bluetooth accelerometer, wireless accelerometer, high temperature accelerometer, digital accelerometer, high sensitivity accelerometer, vibration accelerometer, piezoresistive accelerometer or for programming any circuit that requires an accelerometer.

Accelerometers in Production Ready Packaging or R&D Quantities

If the quantity of accelerometers required is less than a full reel, we offer customers many of our programmable accelerometer products in tube, tray or individual quantities that will avoid unneeded surplus.

In addition, Future Electronics offers clients a unique bonded inventory program that is designed to eliminate potential problems that may arise from an unpredictable supply of products containing raw metals and products with erratic or long lead times. Talk with your nearest Future Electronics branch and find out more on how you and your company can avoid possible shortages.



Featured Accelerometer Products


Manufacturer Part Number Description
Bosch BMA250-0273141121 3 axis accelerometer 2 X 2 X 1 mm LGA package
Bosch BMA220-0273141061 BMA220 Series 2 x 2 x 0.98 mm Digital Triaxial Low-G Acceleration Sensor -LGA-12
Bosch SMB257-0273101174001 Single Axis +/- 140g Analog 2nd Generation Micro-Machined Accelerometer-SOIC-16
Bosch 273141009 SMB460 Series ±96g Dual Ch Accelerometer for Airbag Applications - SOIC-16
Bosch BMA120-0273141070 Digital Triaxial Acceleration Sensor -40°C to +85°C - LGA-14
Freescale Semiconductor MMA7455LR1 MMA7455 Series ±2g, ±4g, ±8g 3 Axis 3.6 V Digital Output Accelerometer - LGA-14
Freescale Semiconductor MMA7361LCR1 MMA7361 Series ± 1.5g ±6g Three Axis Low-g Accelerometer - LGA-14
Freescale Semiconductor MMA8453QR1 MMA8453 Series 8 / 10 Bit 3 Axis ±2/±4/±8 g Digital Accelerometer - QFN-16
Freescale Semiconductor MMA8452QR1 MMA8452 Series 8 / 12 Bit 3 Axis ±2/±4/±8 g Digital Accelerometer - QFN-16
Freescale Semiconductor MMA7660FCR1 MMA7660 Series ±1.5 g 3 Axis Orientation/Motion Detection Sensor - QFN-10
Freescale Semiconductor MMA8451QT MMA8451 Series 8 / 14 Bit 3 Axis ±2/±4/±8 g Digital Accelerometer - QFN-16
Freescale Semiconductor MMA3202KEGR2 micromachined accelerometer,signal condition w/ 4-pole low pass filter, SOIC-20
Freescale Semiconductor MMA7660FCR1 MMA7660FC Series ±1.5 g 3 Axis Orientation/Motion Detection Sensor - QFN-10
Freescale Semiconductor MMA8450QR1 MMA8450 Series 8 / 12 Bit 3 Axis ±2/±4/±8 g Digital Accelerometer - QFN-16
Measurement Specialties 3022-002-P Model 3022 Flange Mount 2g Z Axis 10 V Analog Output Accelerometer
Measurement Specialties 3022-005-N Model 3022 Flange Mount 5g Z Axis 10 V Analog Output Accelerometer
Measurement Specialties 3022-005-P Model 3022 Flange Mount 5g Z Axis 10 V Analog Output Accelerometer
Measurement Specialties 3022-010-P Model 3022 Flange Mount 10g Z Axis 10 V Analog Output Accelerometer
STMicroelectronics LIS3DHTR LIS3DH Series 3 Axes Ultra Low Power "Nano" Accelerometer - LGA-16
STMicroelectronics LIS35DE LIS35DE Series 3 Axis Smart Digital Output Piccolo Accelerometer - LGA-14
STMicroelectronics LIS331HH MEMS digital output motion sensor:ultra low-pwr high full-scale 3-axes nano acce
STMicroelectronics LIS331DLTR MEMS Motion Sensor 3-Axis ±2.3g/±9.2g Smart Digital Output “nano” Accelerometer
STMicroelectronics LSM303DLHTR LSM303DLH Series 3-Axis Acceleromter and 3-Axis Magnetometer - LGA-28
STMicroelectronics LSM330DLC LSM330 Series 3 Axis +/-2/4/8g 3 V 3D Accelerometer and 3D Gyroscope - LGA-28
STMicroelectronics LIS331DLM LIS331DLM Series 3-Axes Low-Power High Performance “Nano” Accelerometer LGA-16

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