Vernier Software and Technology
Vernier Software & Technology
Arduino and Vernier Sensors

About Vernier Sensors: Analog (BTA) and Digital (BTD)

Compatibility

It should be noted that Vernier offers a wide array of sensor types, but this tutorial applies specifically to Standard sensors only (those with BTA or BTD connectors). Go Direct, USB, and Wireless sensors are not addressed in this tutorial.

Standard Vernier sensors come in two basic types:

Analog Sensors (BTA)

Standard analog (BTA) sensors require a 5-volt source and produce a voltage that can assume any possible value between 0 and 5 volts. You can use the Arduino to provide the source and measure this voltage. Most Vernier sensors, including temperature, force, light, and sound, are analog sensors. Analog sensors have a 6-pin BTA connector.

British Telecom Analog (BTA) - Right Hand
Analog Sensors have a 6-pin BTA connector

Digital Sensors (BTD)

Standard digital (BTD) sensors require a 5-volt source and produce a signal that is either HIGH (5 volts) or LOW (0 volts). For these sensors, we use a BTD connector, also with 6 pins, but with the tab on the opposite side. The Vernier Motion Detector, Photogate, and Rotary Motion Sensor are examples of digital sensors.

British Telecom Digital (BTD) - Left Hand
Digital Sensors have a 6-pin BTD connector

Sensor Pinouts

The pinout specifications for both connectors are described in our sensor pinout diagram. Note that we identify the pins by number with Pin #1 being the farthest from the tab. The BTA and BTD connectors will not plug into the same socket.

British Telecom Analog (BTA) - Right Hand

Analog Sensors

  • Pin 1 = Sensor output (+/-10V)
  • Pin 2 = GND
  • Pin 3 = Vres (resistance reference)
  • Pin 4 = AutoIDENT
  • Pin 5 = Power (+5VDC)
  • Pin 6 = Sensor output (0-5V)
British Telecom Digital (BTD) - Left Hand

Digital Sensors

  • Pin 1 = DIO0
  • Pin 2 = DIO1
  • Pin 3 = DIO2
  • Pin 4 = Power (+5.3V)
  • Pin 5 = GND
  • Pin 6 = DIO3

Contents

Introduction

Vernier Engineering Contest

Vernier recognizes instructors for creative uses of Vernier sensors to introduce engineering concepts and/or practices. Vernier Engineering Award »

Go to top