Library to interface with the MAX31855 Cold Junction Compensated Thermocouple-to-Digital Converter

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    Interface library for the MAX31855 Cold Junction Compendated Thermocouple-to-Digital Converter. This part is the reaplacement for the now discontinued MAX6675. The library is based on the original MAX6675 library found on this site altered to fit the serial specification of the new chip as well as adding a few new features.

    The main new feature of note is that the library itself deals with the 0.25 second delay required to complete a conversion. Polling the 'ready()' function will return a '1' when the chip is read to submit a new reading.

    Sample Program

    #include "mbed.h"
    #include "max31855.h"
    DigitalOut myled(LED1);
    //SPI Interfaces
    SPI testSPI(p11,p12,p13);
    max31855 max1(testSPI,p21);
    int main() {
        //Initialise chip (starts internal timer)
        //Float value to hold temperature returned
        float fvalue = 0;
        while(1) {
            //Check if the chip is ready for a reading to be taken
            if (max1.ready()==1){
                //Get the reading
                fvalue = max1.read_temp();
                if (fvalue > 2000){
                        printf("No TC");
                    }else if(fvalue==2002){
                        printf("Short to GND");
                    }else if(fvalue==2004){
                        printf("Short to VCC");
                    printf("Temperature is: %f\n\r", fvalue);
            //Heartbeat signal (not necessary)
            myled = !myled;
            //Delay is not required, here simply for test program

    Fault Codes:

    • 1 (return value of 2001) - No Thermocouple detected
    • 2 (return value of 2002) - Thermocouple short to GND
    • 4 (return value of 2004) - Thermocouple short to VCC

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