phydat_t Struct Reference

Generic data structure for expressing physical values. More...

Detailed Description

Physical data is expressed in a 3-dimensional touple of values. In addition to the data fields, this struct contains further the (physical) unit and the scale factor of the data. The unit is expressed as constant. The scale factor is expressed as power of 10 (10^factor).

The combination of signed 16-bit numbers with and the scale factor gives us a very high dynamic range (from -32*10^-131 to 32*10^130). In a wider sense we are saving the values as fixed floating points...

The scale factor is identical for all 3 values.

In a traditional (scientific) computational system the obvious choice for the used data type would be to use floats. We are however on heavily resource constrained (even 8-bit) embedded systems, so we use int16_t here. As most sensor are in some way ADC based, they normally do not use a higher accuracy than 12-14bit, so using 16-bit integers to represent this data is good enough in most cases.

Definition at line 135 of file phydat.h.

#include <phydat.h>

Data Fields

int16_t val [PHYDAT_DIM]
 the 3 generic dimensions of data
uint8_t unit
 the (physical) unit of the data
int8_t scale
 the scale factor, 10^*scale*

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