Sparky degaussing in this context is not demagnetizing. I think you are asking about the first kind. This is quoted directly from the datasheet you posted. If the answer was explained in the PDF, I would not have asked here. Usage in Magnetoresistive applications For any specific device, you can find the actual activation procedure for the degauss coils in the datasheet. That would imply that the “degauss” action occurs for each and every read.

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Privacy policy About eLinux. Try reading the data sheet – it seems clear enough. Then, by placing the mode hmc8583l into single or continuous-measurement mode, two data acquisition cycles will be made on each magnetic vector.

Else At least one axis did not pass positive self test. Views Read View source View history.

See an example below. Here is a related question I’ve also asked in Physics SE; What is actually happening when a magnetoresistive magnetometer degausses itself?

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It’s apt here, but you have to think of that magnetization in terms of its super-posed components. This page was last edited on 6 Novemberat linhx Let’s get to the bottom of this! By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand hkc5883l Cookie PolicyPrivacy Policyand our Terms of Service. I think a few more people will up-vote as well, bringing you to reputation so you can start leaving comments.


Setting these to 0x01 will cause the device to take one measurement and hmc58883l enter idle mode again. Sparky I appreciate your time very much – I’m asking a questions that is not already answered in the data sheets that I link to in my questions.

The calibration procedures are the last several paragraphs. This would seem to suggest that it cannot be commanded on demand but rather happens lonux as part linhx each read. I really appreciate your help, but I’m not interested in Self Test. So in a sense it is demagnetizing the device I think it makes it a good question. If you don’t have an external event available to use as a warning sign of reduced performance, the common practice is to simply reset at regular intervals.

The procedures account for all 3 operations you mentioned. For any specific device, you can find the actual activation procedure for the degauss coils in the datasheet. There is often an internal amplifier in the part between the control pin s and ymc5883l actual coil s so that the inputs may safely remain high impedance and not pull too much current from whatever is driving the control pins typ.

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The sensor values for each axis are bit and are stored across 2 registers each assuming the devise is connected hc5883l I2C bus 3.

However, a quick read of that article shows that the term degaussing also applies to the cancellation of the external fields resulting from magnetization of materials through the careful use of one or more coils excited by a DC current to “cancel” the field within some finite region. Acceptable limits of the self test values depend on the gain setting.


Here ljnux an interesting clue!

If you would read the details, they are all the same thing. However, like the mechanical spring, the long term consistent exposure results in a gradual realignment of the origin domain and sensor stops being able to detect the external field hjc5883l being different from it’s reference “original” one.

Automatic and manual degaussing magnetic heads on tape recorders and magnetic shielding on CRTs are some examples. Takes one measurement M1 3.

Check out the ‘w’ option. Vcc, ground, and the two I2C pins clock and data. Usually degaussing of macroscopic objects is done with an AC field that slowly decreases in amplitude. I’m beginning to wonder if the word “degaussing” should never have been used in the product description to begin with.

If you then remove the external force, the needle won’t return all the way back to center. Thank you very much!

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