UPC EETAC Bachelor's Degree in Telecommunications Systems and in Network Engineering EEL


Arduino-based temperature meter


Signal acquisition, temperature measurement, FSM, Arduino

1. Specifications

Design a temperature meter to display in an LCD two temperatures TS and TR.

- Temperature range from 20°C to 50°C. Analogue input sensitivity is adjusted to VS (or VR ) = (0.1V/°C)·TS(°C).

- Temperature resolution 0.1 °C.

- Sampling frequency is 2 Hz.

- Pushbutton to start and stop acquisition and a LED indicator switching ON and OFF at sampling ratio.

- LCD with I2C interface.

- FSM software organisation.

- Arduino board.

- Sensor conditioning circuits are powered from Arduino VIN input using a voltage regulator VREG = 10.0 V. Design an example circuit for conditioning an LM35 sensor and a reference potentiometer.

- Program an Arduino board and design a shield to solder all the components and connectors.


Fig. 1. Symbol of the temperature meter circuit and calibration curve for temperature representation. 

Fig. 2 shows how the temperature meter can be used to power sensors and signal conditioning circuits.

Block diagram

Fig. 2. Block diagram of the temperature meter. The device remains idel when powered. Clicking ST button the device starts measuring and representing  temperatures at the sampling frequency until the same button is clicked another time (Stop).


2. Planning

A) Planning hardware

Step 1: Hardware. Sensor signal conditioner. Temperature reference circuit using a potentiometer.


Fig. 3. Block diagram of the temperature meter.

Arduino board is used as data processor and LCD adapter.

Board layout

Fig. 4. Proposed Arduino shield and auxiliary prototype board where the sensor and the reference potentiometer are attached.

The key device for analogue signal acquisition is the A/D converter. Fig. 8 represents a typical A/D peripheral. Several analogue inputs can be selected for conversion. Usually,  specific µC pins in some ports are configurable as analogue inputs, or digital inputs or outputs. Converter VREF is also adjustable to adapt to analogue input span. Microcontroller peripheral can be switched ON and OFF and the conversion CLK is also adjustable. Start conversion (GO signal) triggers the acquisition and conversion complete may be detected polling the bit value DONE or alternatively, using the interrupt flag associated to such peripheral.

A/D circuit peripheral

Fig. 5. Typical A/D peripheral circuit embedded in a µC.


B) Planning software

An state diagram imagining that the two voltages VR and VS are acquired periodically is presented in Fig. 4. ST flag interruption triggers the acquisition sequence an it runs until ST (stop) is presed another time. For acquiring analogue voltages periodically we propose timing a delay equal to one half sampling period, when a time TS/2 is elapsed, var_SP_flag is set.

FSM architecture. RAM variables.

State diagram

Fig. 6. Proposed State diagram for temperature acquisition and visualisation


timing diagram

Fig. 7. When running, samples of the two voltages are taken every TS = 0.5 s. 



Fig. 8. RAM variables.



Fig. 9. Hardware and software diagram.


Project location:


Target chip and tools: Arduino board.


3. Step by step developing and (4) testing

A) Developing hardware

 This is an example circuit containing the hardware circuit capture and the source  file Temp_meter.zip 

B) Developing software

To compile this application the specific library associated to the I2C LCD display has to be as well installed in Proteus. This is the LCD library that is directly downloadable from this github address.

Proteus library location

Fig. 10. Library location in the Proteus installation folder tree. 

NOTE: If you run Arduino IDE alone separately from Proteus, for instance version 1.8 or 2.0, you must install the LCD I2C library using the library tap:

Library manager

Fig. 11. Arduino IDE library manager.


C) Step-by-step testing

 Software compilation and Proteus simulation. Potenciometres simulate sensor outputs from 20°C to 50°C.

Proteus capture

Fig. 12. Proteus circuit running the application.


5. Prototyping

You can capture the circuit in Multisim and build a the PCB using Ultiboard, both EDA tools from National Instruments licensed to the UPC. An example prototype is pictured in Fig. 13. 


Fig. 13. Picture of the temperateu meter prototype connected to a simple temperature control system.


5. Report

Follow this rubric for writing reports.