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I am having trouble getting this adc to work..
Is there any library or code that someone tested that work with this adc..
Here is the link.. http://www.ledsandchips.com/232
The code from the link is not working..
Thanks for your time,


sensor unknown and I cannot open the code.
can you post the (not working )code?
Rob Tillaart

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Jun 28, 2013, 10:56 am Last Edit: Jun 28, 2013, 11:00 am by backbone Reason: 1
I have received the modul too and hooked it up to an UNO with a load cell.
I used the code supplied with the link and it works.
In serial monitor it shows nicely a 0.000123 value at no load.
With load it goes to a max of 0.034578
What does not work in the code?

Does it not compile?

I need to parse not only the value from  ADC to Processing and VB6 but also some other values from the UNO.
Dang that is a challenge.

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Try this code.

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//TM7709 24bit ADC module arduino sketch
//coldtears electronics
//code reworked to read in grams

//default connection arduino UNO
//DRDY = pin 11 >MOSI
//ADIO = pin 12 >MISO
//SCLK = pin 13 >SCK

//default connection arduino MEGA
//DRDY = pin 21 >MOSI
//ADIO = pin 22 >MISO
//SCLK = pin 28 >SCK

#define TM7710_DRDY        3         
#define TM7710_ADIO        4         
#define TM7710_ADIO_OUT()  DDRB|=1<<4     
#define TM7710_ADIO_IN()   DDRB&=~(1<<4) 
#define Set_TM7710_SCLK()  PORTB|=1<<5
#define Set_TM7710_ADIO()  PORTB|=1<<4
#define Clr_TM7710_SCLK()  PORTB&=~(1<<5)
#define Clr_TM7710_ADIO()  PORTB&=~(1<<4)

unsigned char x[3];
long Result;
float vref=4.89;
double microvolt = 0;
long microvoltA = 456;
long microvoltB = 180;
int extradata1 = 777;
int extradata2 = 888;
float loadA = 0; //this is the first weight (we use no load at the sensor) our sensor already has as a small plate on it we use a preload.
float loadB = 1590; //this is the second calibrated weight in grams
float valueA = 173; //value of the the serialmonitor reading with the first known weigth at the sensor (we use no load at the sensor).
float valueB = 9360; //value of the the serialmonitor reading with the second known load at the sensor (we 1590 grams at the sensor).
float load;
long finalValue;

void setup()
DDRB|=1<<5 ;
Serial.begin(57600);// set baudrate for PC or serialmonitor the same!
void loop()

   for(unsigned char j=0;j<3;j++)
   Result = Result * 256;
   Result = Result + x[1];
   Result = Result * 256;
   Result = Result + x[2];
   Result = Result - 6912000;
   double volt = Result * vref /16/6912000; //data coming from this line is .....      "0.123456" for example
   long microvolt = (volt*1000000); // microvolts are easier to break down in blocks of 3 then floats so we multiply with 1000000.
   //split the microvolt value in blocks of three digits so it can be parsed to the serial output by Serial.print as integer value as it is lower as 1024.
   //sample value of volt  =  "123456" so we brake it down in 123 and 456 <> volt.
   //In our case it will never go below 0 or above 999999
   //float (load.substring (0,2)); // we need the three most right side digits
   //float (load.substring (3,5)); //we need the three most left side digits
   //at the PC side VB6 should detect the "letter - comma - value" and parse it in a textbox
   // how things work with Processing I have no idea yet :-(.
   float load = ((loadB - loadA)/(valueB - valueA)) * ( microvolt - valueA) + loadA; //the final value of the real load on the sensor

   Serial.print ("A,");
   Serial.println (microvoltA);
   Serial.print ("B,");
   Serial.println (microvoltB);
   Serial.print ("C,");
   Serial.println (extradata1);
   Serial.print ("D,");
   Serial.println (extradata2);
   Serial.print ("E,");
   Serial.println (microvolt); //raw sensor value in microvolts
   Serial.print ("F,");
   Serial.println (load,0); // value in grams

void TM7710_Init()
   TM7710_write(0x20);   //Gain=128
   //TM7710_write(0x00); //Gain=16

void TM7710_start(void)   

void TM7710_stop(void)   

void TM7710_write(unsigned char dd)
    unsigned char i;


unsigned char TM7710_read(void)
    unsigned char data=0,i;

    return data;

void printFloat(float value, int places) {
// this is used to cast digits
int digit;
float tens = 0.1;
int tenscount = 0;
int i;
float tempfloat = value;

// if value is negative, set tempfloat to the abs value
// calculate rounding term d:   0.5/pow(10,places)
float d = 0.5;
if (value < 0)
   d *= -1.0;
// divide by ten for each decimal place
for (i = 0; i < places; i++)
   d/= 10.0;
// this small addition, combined with truncation will round out

tempfloat +=  d;

if (value < 0)
   tempfloat *= -1.0;
while ((tens * 10.0) <= tempfloat)
   tens *= 10.0;
   tenscount += 1;

// write out the negative if needed
if (value < 0)

if (tenscount == 0)
   //Serial.print(0, DEC);

for (i=0; i< tenscount; i++)
   digit = (int) (tempfloat/tens);
   //Serial.print(digit, DEC);
   tempfloat = tempfloat - ((float)digit * tens);
   tens /= 10.0;

// if no places after decimal, stop now and return
if (places <= 0)

// otherwise, write the point and continue on

for (i = 0; i < places; i++)
   tempfloat *= 10.0;
   digit = (int) tempfloat;
   // once written, subtract off that digit
   tempfloat = tempfloat - (float) digit;


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When you buy an ebay version of the TM7709 with pcb then this is the layout for connection.

At the side with the 4 connection pins you connect the load cell.
Where +input and -input are the wires that carry the differential value from the loadcell.
VCC and GND are power source (exatation value) for the loadcell.

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thanks Paco,

Can you elaborate a bit on the strain gauge circuit please?

I want to use a two wire strain gauge like this one.....

Because I only want to use a single strain gauge, I think I need a circuit like shown here ....
(page 2, bottom right hand corner, 'figure 5, quarter bridge (3wire)')

I think the points labeled '+ bridge supply' and '- bridge supply' need to go to VCC and ground on your diagram, and the points labeled '+ input' and '- input' need to go to the same-named pins on your diagram?

Is this correct?




Understand your question.
Regardless the type of loadcell you always measure in a bridge configuration.
See all other drawings where there are Always 4 resistors.
In your case the idle resistor value = 120 Ohm.
So if you like to measure it in a bridge all other three resistors need to be 120 Ohm too.
Now if your load cell is pressed on, this 120 ohm value will change and cause a differential output which need to go to the +input and -input of of the TM7709. The TM7709 will amplify the signal.

Do you have one of these with the board or just a single TM7709 IC?

Does this help?

What application you are using this strain foil?

Never to old to learn and I learn every day


Do you have one of these

I'm about to order one of these....
I think it's the same item as in your link.

What application you are using this strain foil?

I want to measure the torque in a drive shaft and then use this (along with the rpm) to measure the power being delivered.

thanks for your help.


Ok so your building a engine dyno.  What kind of engine you need to measure?
The TM7709 board is the same.

Never to old to learn and I learn every day

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