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MMA8451Q in sleep mode does not generate events?

Question asked by tricon on Jul 16, 2015
Latest reply on Aug 21, 2015 by Tomas Vaverka

Dear Community!


During development another question arose concerning the system events.


What's our plan

We want the accelerometer to run in sleep mode until a transient interrupt occurs. When a transient happens the accelerometer wakes up and switches to a higher data rate. Also it generates a transition on INT1. Now the µC reads the FIFO of the MMA. This works very fine.

Moreover, we want to trigger single pulse events while the MMA works at the sleep ODR. A slow ODR is fine for this application. Since we want to conserve as much power as possible the accelerometer should stay at it's sleep ODR. A transition on INT1 is just fine for us to indicate the µC a pulse IR happened.


Where's the catch

Everything works fine except the pulse interrupt. It is never generated when the accelerometer's asleep. Only when a transient event occurs which wakes the MMA a pulse interrupt is triggered.

For testing I forbid the accelerometer to go to sleep and stay awake using a ODR of 50Hz (which is normally used at sleep mode). In this case pulse interrupts were generated correctly (pin INT1 showed a transition). Therefore it seems to me that interrupts are only generated when the accelerometer is not asleep. However, the datasheet of the MMA8451Q states at page 41 that “All enabled functions will still function in SLEEP mode at the SLEEP ODR”. So what do I get wrong?! Is the pulse event deactivated at sleep mode or not?


For the sake of completeness the accelerometer’s configuration:

  • ODR when active: 400Hz, low power (at 0x2A and 0x2B)
  • ODR when asleep: 50Hz, low power (at 0x2A and 0x2B)
  • Transient interrupt activated at a certain threshold (at 0x1D, 0x1F and 0x20)
  • Pulse interrupt activated with a very low threshold (at 0x21 to 0x27)
  • Only the transient interrupt change the accelerometer from sleep to active (at 0x2C)
  • Interrupts of Pulse, Transient and Sleep<->Wake are routed to pin Int1 (0x2D and 0x2E)
  • Moreover, the FIFO is continuously running in circular mode



Thanks for your help!

Best regards,