SOC Robotics IMU6410 Sensor Platform

By: Soc Machines  09-12-2011
Keywords: Usb, Data Logger

Overview
The IMU6410 is a sophisticated MEMs sensor Inertial Measurement Unit platform with ten Degrees Of Freedom (DOF), onboard AVR processor (ATmega1284P) , real time clock, external serial flash (1Mx8 or 8Mx8) and USB interface.  The IMU6410 combines a 3-Axis Accelerometer (ADXL345), 3-Axis Rate Gyro (L3G4200D), 3-Axis Magnetometer (HMC5883) and a Barometer (BMP085) on a single PCB with processor and USB interface.  All four MEMs sensors are digital with either an SPI or I2C interface.

The Accelerometer is capable of 4mG resolution over a +-16G range.   The Rate Gyro has three ranges - 250, 500 and 2000 deg/sec with a low range sensitivity of 17mdps.  The Magnetometer has eight ranges with a nominal resolution of 10mGauss.  The Barometer has an absolution accuracy of 8meters and a resolution of 80cm.  Truly a unique combination of sensors. 

The onboard ATmega1284P processor comes with an Arduino bootloader and data logging application pre-installed.  Complete source code for the data logger and bootloader are provided.  The data logger can be configure to log all sensor data to the onboard 1Mx8 serial flash.  The bootloader is stk500v2 compatible.

An optional daughter card with microSD port and ANT wireless connector is in the works and should be available shortly.

Features
    o  10 Sensors integrated on one PCB
o  3-Axis Accelerometer ADXL345
o  3-Axis Rate Gyro L3G4200D
o  3-Axis Magnetometer HMC5883
o  Barometer BMP085 with 8m accuracy and 0.8m resolution
o  All digital sensors
o  ATmega1284P processor with Arduino bootloader - stk500v2
o  USB 2.0 interface
o  Optional double AA battery holder (switch selectable with USB interface)
o  Example application included for rapid application development
o  1.8-3.6VDC power input 
o  Extremely Small form factor (1.34x2.34 in)

Component Layout

                 

Description
The DOF10W is an extremely compact embedded IMU sensor platform for mobile data acquisition, instrumentation and remote monitoring applications.  The DOF10W is an all digital implements with no requirement for AD interfacing.   

3-Axis Accelerometer
The 3-Axis accelerometer is an Analog Devices ADXL345.  The ADXL345 has four programmable acceleration ranges- 2G, 4G, 8G and 16G set by the ATmega644.   The ADXL345 operates from 2.2 to 3.6Vdrawing 140uA so the Wasp should not be powered higher than 3.6V when the accelerometer is installed.  The accelerometer has a sensitivity of 4mG over the full 16G range, a bandwidth of 3500Hz (XY)  150Hz (Z), non-linearity less than 1% and a cross-axis sensitivity less than 1%.

The accelerometer is oriented with the X+ on the long axis of the PCB toward Port A connector J1, Y+ on the short axis of the PCB toward Port B connector J2 and Z+ pointing up out of the board.

                           

3-Axis Rate Gyro
The 3-Axis Rate Gyro is an STMicroelectronics L3G4200D.  The L3G4200D has three programmable gyro ranges- 250, 500 and 200dps set by the ATmega644.   The L3G4200D operates from 2.2 to 3.6Vdrawing 6mA so the Wasp should not be powered higher than 3.6V when the accelerometer is installed.  The Gyro has a sensitivity of 17mdps (250dps setting),  a bandwidth of 350Hz (XY)  150Hz (Z), non-linearity less than 1% and a cross-axis sensitivity less than 5%.

                            

3-Axis Magnetometer
The 3-Axis Magnetometer is a Honeywell HMC5883.  The HMC5883 has eight programmable gauss ranges- 0.88G, 1.3G, 4G and 8.1G set by the ATmega644.   The HMC5883 operates from 2.2 to 3.6Vdrawing 100uA so the Wasp should not be powered higher than 3.6V when the accelerometer is installed.  The Magnetometer has a sensitivity of 2mG (1.3g setting),  a bandwidth of 350Hz (XY)  150Hz (Z), non-linearity less than 1% and a cross-axis sensitivity less than 5%.

                         

Battery Holder
An optional double AA battery holder, attached to the bottom of the PCB, provides mobility for remote applications.  The battery holder allows inexpensive AA batteries to be used to power the platform.

                

Software Tools
Source code examples to setup and configure the three different MEMs sensors is provided as part of the IMU6410 Data Logger Application V0.95.  The application example is programmed in C using a third party IDE - ICCAVR from ImageCraft.  A version for AVR Studio 4.19 and an Arduino Sketch are under development.  Check the SOC Robotics web site for program examples and ICCAVR project files.

The IMU6410 ATmega1284P comes with an Arduino bootloader that the Arduino Development Tools can communicate with directly via the IMU6410's onboard USB port.  The bootloader implements a subset of the stk500v2 protocol and is compatible with AVRDude and AVR Studio 4/5.

Related Products
The following products can be used with the IMU6410:

    SDANT-IMU    microSD adapter and ANT Wireless connector for IMU6410 (available November)
SmartLCD     4x12 Monochrome LCD with onboard ATmega168 and optional 3-axis Accelerometer

Keywords: Data Logger, Usb

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