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Raspberry Pi Pico and TLV493D magnetic sensor circuitpython example

by rp2040guy71

In this article we connect a TLV493D magnetic sensor to a Raspberry Pi Pico running Circuitpython

Sensor Information

The 3D magnetic sensor TLV493D offers accurate three-dimensional sensing with extremely low power consumption in a small 6-pin package.

With its magnetic field detection in x, y, and z-direction the sensor reliably measures three dimensional, linear and rotation movements.

Applications include joysticks, control elements (white goods, multifunction knops), or electric meters (anti tampering) and any other application that requires accurate angular measurements or low power consumptions.


• 3D magnetic sensing
• Very low power consumption = 10 µA during operations (10 Hz, typ.)
• Power down mode with 7 nA power consumption
• Digital output via 2-wire based standard I2C interface up to 1 MBit/sec
• 12-bit data resolution for each measurement direction
• Bx, By and Bz linear field measurement up to +130 mT
• Excellent matching of X/Y measurement for accurate angle sensing
• Variable update frequencies and power modes (configurable during operation)
• Supply voltage range = 2.8 V…3.5 V, Temperature range Tj = -40°C…125°C
• Triggering by external µC possible
• Interrupt signal available to wake up a microcontroller
• Temperature measurement

This is the sensor that I bought


Parts Required

The sensor you can pick up in the $6 price range – you can connect to the sensor using a standard header the classic dupont style jumper wire.

I used a Qwiic cable – since a few sensors seem to use these but this is optional

Name Link
Pico Raspberry Pi Pico Development Board
TLV493D ADA Adafruit (PID 4366) TLV493D Triple-Axis Magnetometer – Stemma QT/Qwiic
Connecting cables Aliexpress product link

Lysee 3D Printer Parts & Accessories – AHT20 Temperature and Humidity Sensor Module DHT11 Upgrade I2C XD Humidity Sensor Probe – (Color: Green)

Ebay link



I used the Adafruit TLV493D sensor and in this case used the Stemma connection

For the STEMMA QT cables, it uses the Qwiic convention:

Black for GND
Red for V+
Blue for SDA
Yellow for SCL

So color coded for ease of use, this layout shows a connection to the module

rp2040 and tlv493d

rp2040 and tlv493d

Code Example

I used Thonny for development

The following is based on a library , I copied the adafruit_tlv493d.mpy library for this device to the lib folder on my RP2040 – https://circuitpython.org/libraries

This is the basic example which comes with the library

import time
import board
import adafruit_tlv493d
import busio
# Create sensor object, communicating over the board's default I2C bus
i2c = busio.I2C(scl=board.GP1, sda=board.GP0)
tlv = adafruit_tlv493d.TLV493D(i2c)
while True:
    print("X: %s, Y: %s, Z: %s mT" % tlv.magnetic)


Here is what I saw in Thonny REPL window

X: 0.098, Y: 0.098, Z: 0.0 mT
X: -0.098, Y: 0.196, Z: -0.098 mT
X: 0.0, Y: -0.098, Z: 0.0 mT
X: 0.0, Y: 0.098, Z: 0.0 mT
X: 0.0, Y: 0.0, Z: -0.098 mT
X: -0.196, Y: 0.0, Z: 0.0 mT
X: 0.0, Y: 0.098, Z: 0.098 mT


Infineon datasheet



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