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no-std tcs3472

Platform-agnostic Rust driver for the TCS3472 RGB color light to digital converter with IR filter

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Rust TCS3472 RGB Color Light to Digital Converter with IR Filter Driver

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This is a platform agnostic Rust driver for the TCS3472 RGB color light to digital converter with IR filter, based on the embedded-hal traits.

This driver allows you to:

  • Enable/disable the device.
  • Enable/disable the RGB converter.
  • Set RGB converter gain.
  • Enable/disable the RGB converter interrupt generation.
  • Set the RGB converter interrupt clear channel low/high thresholds.
  • Set the RGB converter interrupt persistence.
  • Set the number of integration cycles.
  • Enable/disable the wait feature.
  • Set the number of wait time cycles.
  • Enable/disable the wait long setting.
  • Read status of RGB converter.
  • Read the clear (unfiltered) channel measurement.
  • Read the red channel measurement.
  • Read the green channel measurement.
  • Read the blue channel measurement.
  • Read the measurement of all channels at once.
  • Read the device ID.

The device

The TCS3472 device provides a digital return of red, green, blue (RGB), and clear light sensing values. An IR blocking filter, integrated on-chip and localized to the color sensing photodiodes, minimizes the IR spectral component of the incoming light and allows color measurements to be made accurately. The high sensitivity, wide dynamic range, and IR blocking filter make the TCS3472 an ideal color sensor solution for use under varying lighting conditions and through attenuating materials.

The TCS3472 color sensor has a wide range of applications including RGB LED backlight control, solid-state lighting, health/fitness products, industrial process controls and medical diagnostic equipment. In addition, the IR blocking filter enables the TCS3472 to perform ambient light sensing (ALS). Ambient light sensing is widely used in display-based products such as cell phones, notebooks, and TVs to sense the lighting environment and enable automatic display brightness for optimal viewing and power savings. The TCS3472, itself, can enter a lower-power wait state between light sensing measurements to further reduce the average power consumption.


This driver is compatible with the devices TCS34725 and TCS34727.


To use this driver, import this crate and an embedded_hal implementation, then instantiate the device.

Please find additional examples using hardware in this repository: driver-examples

use linux_embedded_hal::I2cdev;
use tcs3472::Tcs3472;

fn main() {
    let dev = I2cdev::new("/dev/i2c-1").unwrap();
    let mut sensor = Tcs3472::new(dev);
    while !sensor.is_rgbc_status_valid().unwrap() {
        // wait for measurement to be available
    let m = sensor.read_all_channels().unwrap();
        "Measurements: clear = {}, red = {}, green = {}, blue = {}",
        m.clear, m.red, m.green, m.blue

Minimum Supported Rust Version (MSRV)

This crate is guaranteed to compile on stable Rust 1.31.0 and up. It might compile with older versions but that may change in any new patch release.


For questions, issues, feature requests, and other changes, please file an issue in the github project.


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