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Sample Code for Arduino


The Arduino Platform allows for easy prototyping with endless possibilities. In order to enable our customers to use this platform, we provide sample code for use with Sensiron AG's liquid flow sensors. This application note describes the examples, as well as the main code components used in the examples. It is meant as a starting point for setting up communication with the liquid flow sensors through the I2C interface.


The code snippets are generally compatible with Sensirion's digital flow sensor portfolio. The current portfolio is based on two different sensor chips, the SF04 and the SF06. More specifically:


SLG, SLI, SLS, SLQ-QTxxx, LG16-xxxxD, LS32 and LPG10 series sensors.


LD20 and SLF3x series sensors.


This sample code library is aimed at customers who have successfully set up their Arduino and connected their Sensirion liquid flow sensor. Please see the Arduino Quick Start Guide for help in setting up your Arduino and liquid flow sensor. Sensirion provides code examples showcasing the most important use cases of I2C communication with our liquid flow sensors.

Code Examples


Folder Number & Name Description
SF04 01 Simple Measurement Reads simple measurement data from the
SF04 02 Set Resolution Reads measurement data from the sensor and
changes the resolution.
SF04 03 Read Scale Factor and Unit Reads the scale factor and measurement unit
information from the sensor's EEPROM.
SF04 04 Read Product Details Reads the product details (serial number and product name).
SF04 05 CRC Checksum Reads flow measurement data from the sensor
and calculates the checksum of the
communication for error detection.
SF04 10 Calibration Field Describes the necessary steps to change the
calibration field settings.
SF04 11 Read Temperature Voltage Demonstrates how to read temperature and
voltage data.
SF04 12 Two's Complement Demonstrates how to use the signed datatype
interpretation directly and how to calculate
the two's complement manually.
SF04 13 DIY Flow Meter Expands on example 3 to build a stand-alone
flow meter using a graphic LCD.


Folder Number & Name Description
SF06 14 Simple measurement (LD20-2600B) Reads simple measurement data from the
SF06 15 Simple measurement (SLF3S-1300F) Reads simple measurement data from the
SLF3S-1300F and highlights where
changes have to be made for other SF06
SF06 16 CANBUS receive Demonstrates how to forward measurement data over CANBUS.
This is useful for some test setups.
SF06 17 CANBUS send Demonstrates how to forward measurement data over CANBUS.
This is useful for some test setups.
SF06 18 DIY closed loop volume controller Demonstrates how an SLF3x can be used
together with a pump to dispense a controlled volume.
SF06 19 DIY flow meter Stand-alone flow meter using a praphic LCD (SF06 sensors).
SF06 20 simple measurement multiple SLF3x Demonstrates how to use an I2C multiplexer
(TCA9548A) to communicate with up to 8
SLF3x sensors on the same bus.


In order to initiate the serial communication, Serial.begin(9600) should be used to set the baud rate to 9600. The code examples require the use of the "Wire"-library. This Arduino library contains all the relevant functions for the communication between your Arduino and the I2C device. The provided code examples are all based on this library and typically use the following functions:

Functions Description
Wire.begin() Join I2C bus (address optional for
Wire.beginTransmission(ADDRESS) Initiate a transmission transaction
with the device at ADDRESS
over I2C.
Wire.write(value) Queues bytes for transmission from
master to slave.
Wire.endTransmission() Commit the transmission transaction:
start, send data, stop.
Wire.requestFrom(ADDRESS, LEN) Master requests data (LEN bytes)
from slave at ADDRESS and
store to buffer.
Wire.available() Retrieve the length of the I2C buffer. Read data from the I2C buffer.

For further details, please refer to Arduino's official Wire Documentation.

SF04 Sensor Commands

The following table shows the commands that are typically used for I2C communication. The commands need to be transmitted through the Wire.write(Value) function that is part of Arduino's Wire library for I2C communication.

Command Value Description See Example(s)
USER_REG_W 0xE2 Write user register 10, 11
USER_REG_R 0xE3 Read user register 10, 11
ADV_USER_REG_W 0xE4 Write advanced user register 2
ADV_USER_REG_R 0xE5 Read advanced user register 2
READ_ONLY_REG2_R 0xE9 Read-only register 2 4
TRIGGER_FLOW_MEASUREMENT 0xF1 Trigger a flow measurement 1-13
TRIGGER_TEMP_MEASUREMENT 0xF3 Trigger a temperature measurement 11
TRIGGER_VDD_MEASUREMENT 0xF5 Trigger a supply voltage measurement 11
EEPROM_R 0xFA Read EEPROM 3, 4, 13
SOFT_RESET 0xFE Soft reset 1-13

SF06 Sensor Commands

SF06 based sensors have a simplified I2C interface. The measurement commands are calibration specific and therefore depend on the respective sensor. The available commands are listed in the sensors' datasheets.

Two's Complement

The two's complement is a binary number representation. This notation is widely used in computer science to represent both positive and negative integer numbers. To get the two's complement notation of a negative integer, first write the absolute value of that integer in binary representation b = bin(abs(x)). Then invert the binary bit sequence b (i.e. change every 1 into a 0 and every 0 into a 1). Finally, increment the number represented by b by one. Note that all negative numbers will thus carry a 1 in their highest bit.

Example: Represent -5 in 8bit

  1. binary representation of absolute value: b = bin(abs(-5)) -> 0000 0101
  2. invert: b = xor(b, 1111 1111) -> 1111 1010
  3. Increment by one: b = b + 1 -> 1111 1011


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