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BMM150 digital geomagnetic sensor and ESP32 example

by shedboy71

In this article we look at a digital geomagnetic sensor – this time its the BMM150 and as usual we will connect it to a Wemos Lolin32

Lets look at some info about this sensor

BMM150 is a low power and low noise 3-axis digital geomagnetic sensor to be used in compass applications. The 12-pin wafer level chip scale package (WLCSP) with a footprint of 1.56 x 1.56 mm² and 0.60 mm height provides highest design flexibility to the developer of mobile devices.

Applications like virtual reality or gaming on mobile devices such as mobile phones, tablet PCs or portable media players require 9-axis inertial sensing including magnetic heading information. Due to the stable performance over a large temperature range, the BMM150 is also especially suited for supporting drones in accurate heading.

BMM150 can be used with an inertial measurement unit (IMU) consisting of a 3-axis accelerometer and a 3-axis gyroscope like Bosch Sensortec’s BMI055.



Parameter Technical data
Package CSWLP- (12 pin)
1.56×1.56×0.6 mm³
0.4 mm diagonal ball pitch
Temperature range -40°C … +85°C
Digital interfaces I²C and SPI
(2 interrupt pins)
Resolution 0.3μT
Supply voltage VDD: 1.62V to 3.6V
VDDIO: 1.2V to 3.6V
Zero-B offset ±50μT
Non-linearity <1% FS
Magnetic range typ. ±1300μT (x,y-axis)
±2500μT (z-axis)
Average current consumption 170 μA (low power preset)
500 μA (normal mode)
Interrupts New data, magnetic threshold high / low

Parts Required

Name Link
Connecting cables


Another easy one to connect – I used the I2C connection

ESP32 Sensor
3.3v Vcc
Gnd Gnd


Code Example

This uses the library from https://github.com/Seeed-Studio/Grove_3_Axis_Compass_V2.0_BMM150

#include <Arduino.h>
#include <Wire.h>
// libraries
#include "bmm150.h"
#include "bmm150_defs.h"

BMM150 bmm = BMM150();

void setup()

if(bmm.initialize() == BMM150_E_ID_NOT_CONFORM) {
Serial.println("Chip ID can not read!");
} else {
Serial.println("Initialize done!");


void loop()
bmm150_mag_data value;

value.x = bmm.raw_mag_data.raw_datax;
value.y = bmm.raw_mag_data.raw_datay;
value.z = bmm.raw_mag_data.raw_dataz;

float xyHeading = atan2(value.x, value.y);
float zxHeading = atan2(value.z, value.x);
float heading = xyHeading;

if(heading < 0)
heading += 2*PI;
if(heading > 2*PI)
heading -= 2*PI;
float headingDegrees = heading * 180/M_PI;
float xyHeadingDegrees = xyHeading * 180 / M_PI;
float zxHeadingDegrees = zxHeading * 180 / M_PI;

Serial.print("Heading: ");



Open the serial monitor and you should see something like this – as you can see I was moving the sensor about

Heading: 6.40
Heading: 33.34
Heading: 181.47
Heading: 172.79
Heading: 124.77
Heading: 55.80
Heading: 357.61
Heading: 5.71
Heading: 31.93
Heading: 127.65
Heading: 160.17
Heading: 97.46






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