NEW PRODUCT – DS18B20 Digital temperature sensor + extras
DS18B20 Digital temperature sensor + extras. These 1-wire digital temperature sensors are fairly precise (±0.5°C over much of the range) and can give up to 12 bits of precision from the onboard digital-to-analog converter. They work great with any microcontroller using a single digital pin, and you can even connect multiple ones to the same pin, each one has a unique 64-bit ID burned in at the factory to differentiate them. Usable with 3.0-5.0V systems.
The only downside is they use the Dallas 1-Wire protocol, which is somewhat complex, and requires a bunch of code to parse out the communication. If you want something really simple, and you have an analog input pin, the TMP36 is trivial to get going.
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Sorry, not enough caffeine – just follow the link on Adafruit’s DS18B20 product page, the other link is old!
There’s also a Bus Pirate (also at Adafruit) demo for this chip so you can get a feel for it before using it in a design 🙂
Using the 1-wire protocol with an Arduino is not too hard at all. I’ve played with the DS18B20 and others before and they are really fun. I’m actually surprised LadyAda is only bringing them on board now!