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[Solved] VEML-7700 I2c

Tue Mar 28, 2017 2:35 pm

I would like use VEML-7700 light ambient sensor with raspberryPI. I wrote the code above, but i can only read the 03h register. I use the i2cset and i2cget command with a same result.
What could be the problem?

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#include <iostream>
#include <errno.h>
#include <wiringPiI2C.h>

using namespace std;

int main(int argc, char **argv)
	unsigned int command = ALSSM_x18|ALSIT_200|ALSPERS_1|ALSINT_DI|ALSSD_ON; //0x1040
	int fd, result;
	fd = wiringPiI2CSetup(address);
	result = wiringPiI2CWriteReg16(fd,0x00,command);
	if(result == -1)
		cout << "Error.  Errno is: " << errno << endl;
		command = ALSPSM_1|ALSPSM_DI; //0x0000
		result = wiringPiI2CWriteReg16(fd,0x03,command);
		if(result == -1)
			cout << "Error.  Errno is: " << errno << endl;
				result = wiringPiI2CReadReg16 (fd, 0x04);
Last edited by hodlemil on Sat Apr 22, 2017 1:52 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: VEML-7700 I2c

Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:07 pm

I solved the problem. I enabled the repeated start with this command:

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sudo sh -c 'echo -n 1 > /sys/module/i2c_bcm2708/parameters/combined'
It works after reboot, with the aboved code:

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sudo sh -c 'echo options i2c_bcm2708 combined=1 > /etc/modprobe.d/i2c_repeated_start.conf'

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Re: [Solved] VEML-7700 I2c

Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:13 pm

I'm posting a reply here because I ran into similar problems trying to write python script for this component. This one of only two results I got google searching veml7700 and raspberry pi. I contacted Vishay and they were very helpful in working with this component.

Here is the sample python script I wrote for the VEML7700:

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import smbus
import time

bus = smbus.SMBus(1)

addr = 0x10

#Write registers
als_conf_0 = 0x00
als_WH = 0x01
als_WL = 0x02
pow_sav = 0x03

#Read registers
als = 0x04
white = 0x05
interrupt = 0x06

# These settings will provide the max range for the sensor (0-120Klx)
# but at the lowest precision:
#              LSB   MSB
confValues = [0x00, 0x13] # 1/8 gain, 25ms IT (Integration Time)
#Reference data sheet Table 1 for configuration settings

interrupt_high = [0x00, 0x00] # Clear values
#Reference data sheet Table 2 for High Threshold

interrupt_low = [0x00, 0x00] # Clear values
#Reference data sheet Table 3 for Low Threshold

power_save_mode = [0x00, 0x00] # Clear values
#Reference data sheet Table 4 for Power Saving Modes

bus.write_i2c_block_data(addr, als_conf_0, confValues)
bus.write_i2c_block_data(addr, als_WH, interrupt_high)
bus.write_i2c_block_data(addr, als_WL, interrupt_low)
bus.write_i2c_block_data(addr, pow_sav, power_save_mode)

while True:
	#The frequency to read the sensor should be set greater than
	# the integration time (and the power saving delay if set).
	# Reading at a faster frequency will not cause an error, but
	# will result in reading the previous data
	time.sleep(.04) # 40ms 

	word = bus.read_word_data(addr,als)
	gain = 1.8432 #Gain for 1/8 gain & 25ms IT
	#Reference www.vishay.com/docs/84323/designingveml7700.pdf
	# 'Calculating the LUX Level'
	val = word * gain
	val = round(val,1) #Round value for presentation
	print "Lux: " + str(val) + " lx"
I hope this helps the next pi user with trying to interface with this component. good luck.

Joe Robidoux

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