MCP3208 SPI ADC Interfacing with Raspberry Pi

The MCP3208 12-bit Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC) combines high performance and low power consumption in a small package, making it ideal for embedded control applications. IC features a successive approximation register (SAR) architecture and an industry-standard SPI™ serial interface, allowing 12-bit ADC capability to be added to any PICmicro® microcontroller.  IC Features 100k samples/second, 8 input channels, low power consumption (5nA typical standby, 400 µA, and is available in 16-pin PDIP and SOIC packages. Applications for the IC include data acquisition, instrumentation and measurement, multi-channel data loggers, industrial PCs, motor control, robotics, industrial automation, smart sensors, portable instrumentation and home medical appliances.

Source : Microchip(



public class MainClass {
    public static SpiDevice spi = null;
    public static void main(String args[]) throws InterruptedException, IOException {
    	System.out.println("Starting MCP3208 App.");
        spi = SpiFactory.getInstance(SpiChannel.CS0,SpiDevice.DEFAULT_SPI_SPEED,SpiDevice.DEFAULT_SPI_MODE);
        	System.out.println(getConversionValue((short)4)); //Print out red ADC Sample Counts
    public static int getConversionValue(short channel) throws IOException {

        byte data[] = new byte[] {
                (byte)0b00000000,// first byte, with start bit
                (byte) ((byte)channel<<6),
                (byte)0b00000000                               // third byte transmitted....don't care
        	data[0]= 0B00000111; //First Byte for Channel 3-7
    		data[0]= 0B00000110;//First Byte for Channel 0-3

        byte[] result = spi.write(data); //Request data from MCP3208 via SPI

        int value = (result[1]<< 8) & 0b0000111111111111; //merge data[1] & data[2] to get 10-bit result
        value |=  (result[2] & 0xff);
        return value;


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