I have an I2C sensor circuit, 3.3V applied to SDA and SCL pin through 10k resistor.

I2C communication is not working so I have measured the voltage drop across the 10k resistors. It drops 2.86V and approximately to 10kohm values getting.

Is that resistor problem or is something else wrong?

I have used two sensors, DPS310 and MPU9250 - SDA, SCL of both sensors pulled up with a 10K resistor.



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    \$\begingroup\$ How do you measure it? If there is communication on bus you won't measure 3.3V on bus or 0V over resistor. \$\endgroup\$
    – Justme
    Nov 24, 2021 at 10:19
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    \$\begingroup\$ Welcome to EE.SE! Please draw a schematic of what you have and how it's connected. Click on edit and the schematic symbol. \$\endgroup\$
    – winny
    Nov 24, 2021 at 10:19
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    \$\begingroup\$ There are probably other pull-up resistors. We need the complete schematic. \$\endgroup\$
    – CL.
    Nov 24, 2021 at 10:22
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    \$\begingroup\$ Thanks you guys for fast reply, i have attached schematic, \$\endgroup\$
    – VIVEK A
    Nov 24, 2021 at 10:24
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    \$\begingroup\$ Are you sure those signals are not changing while you are measuring their voltage? Is it possible that your DMM is showing you some average value of a fluctuating voltage? \$\endgroup\$ Nov 24, 2021 at 12:23

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The datasheet for DPS310 suggests a supply voltage (VDDIO) of 1.8V with a 10Kohm pull-up. If you're using a greater VDDIO, perhaps you need to increase the value of the pull-up resister proportionally so that when SDI is in use it can drive the line low as well as high.

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    \$\begingroup\$ That doesn't mske much sense: (a) VDDIO is well within the specified range. (b) greater pullups would make things even worse (OP has 10k already). (c) in open drain logic pull-up resistors drive the lines high, pins drive the lines low. \$\endgroup\$
    – Sim Son
    Nov 24, 2021 at 21:42
  • \$\begingroup\$ My initial thinking is that SDI is not getting low when a logic zero is to be sent because of the greater VDDIO. A greater valued pullup resistor will cause a greater voltage drop between VDDIO and SDI, thus allowing SDI to go low when it needs to. \$\endgroup\$
    – pedro
    Nov 29, 2021 at 18:01
  • \$\begingroup\$ A lpgic lpw pulls SDI tp ground, it doesn't matter what VDDIO is. And the voltage drop accross the resistor is independent of its value. \$\endgroup\$
    – Sim Son
    Nov 29, 2021 at 19:33
  • \$\begingroup\$ For your understanding: a strong pullup is a low-value pullup. \$\endgroup\$
    – Sim Son
    Nov 29, 2021 at 19:34

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