Electronics and Semiconductors

Aceinna Launches the First Open-source IMU Development Kit for Drones, Robots and AGVs

13 September 2018

Aceinna announces OpenIMU, a first-of-its-kind professionally supported, open-source GPS/GNSS-aided inertial navigation software stack for low-cost precise navigation applications.

Whether you are developing autonomously guided vehicles for industrial applications, autonomous cars, factory or industrial robots, drones, ROVs or any kind of smart machine that needs to move — fast or slow, on Source: AceinnaSource: Aceinnaland, in the air or in water — integrating an IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit)-based sensor network will greatly improve its navigation and self-location capabilities.

OpenIMU enables advanced, easy-to-deploy localization and navigation algorithm solutions for a fraction of the time and cost of traditional methods. OpenIMU's combination of open-source software and low-cost hardware enables rapid development of advanced solutions for drones, robotics and autonomous applications.

OpenIMU's extensive software-infrastructure provides all the code needed for algorithm development.

This free-to-download stack includes:

  • Free RTOS-based data collection and sampling engine
  • Performance-tuned, real-time, navigation-grade GPS/INS Kalman Filter library
  • Free IDE/compiler tool chain based on Visual Studio Code
  • JTAG debugging for debugging code loaded on IMU
  • Data logging, graphing, Allen Variance plots and maps
  • Extensive documentation
  • Robust simulation environment with advanced sensor error models

To install OpenIMU stack now, follow the directions at Aceinna. Several ready-to-install free GPS/INS and IMU applications are available on Aceinna’s Navigation app store.

The OpenIMU Development hardware development kit includes JTAG-pod, precision mount fixture, EVB and an OpenIMU300 module. The OpenIMU module features Aceinna’s 5 deg/Hr, 9-Axis gyro, accelerometer, and magnetometer sensor suite with an onboard 180 MHz ARM Cortex floating-point CPU. The IMU is delivered in a small (24 mm x 37 mm x 9.5 mm), easy-to-integrate module that operates from 2.7 to 5.5 VDC.

The OpenIMU Development kit is available for immediate delivery.

Please visit Aceinna for more information including datasheet, pricing, the Aceinna developer website and the Visual Studio Code extension.

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