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IIS3DHHC When used as an inclinometer, what is the minimum angular resolution? 

Question asked by Mark Hughes on Jun 8, 2018

The IIS3DHHC is a triaxial accelerometer that outputs 16-bit data, 3-axis, ±2.5 g acceleration data.

So (5g)/(2^16 bits) = 7.63*10^-5 g's/LSB.


arctan(7.63*10^-5) is essentially the same thing (small angle approximation in radians)

and that converts out to 0.00437 degrees -- which is about 0.2622 arc-minutes -- which is about 15.74 arc-seconds.


So the LSB represents about 16 arc-seconds of resolution -- is that correct?


The other way I can talk myself into a solution is to eliminate 1 bit for the sign -- leaving 15 bits for a full scale value.  As an inclinometer, I'd never expect the value to exceed 1g -- so now we're down to 14 bits corresponding to 1g.


arctan(1/10^14)=12.5 arcseconds.


At the same time, I see that there is a 2%FS non-linearity -- thats 10-11 bits of data.  Where is the deviation the greatest, and how does that affect the usefulness of this device as an inclinometer?  By my count -- I'm down to 3-4 bits of reliability.