Rugged open-source inertial measurement unit sensor offers affordable and rugged solution

25-06-2019 | ACEINNA | Test & Measurement

ACEINNA offers the new OpenIMU300RI. The device is a rugged, open-source, sealed-package, 9-DOF IMU for autonomous off-road, construction, agricultural and automotive vehicle applications. This new open-source IMU enables engineers to simply optimise an attitude, navigation or other algorithm for their vehicle/application and run it in on the IMU.

This reduces communication on the bus and frees-up their processor to do other tasks, or to even utilise a less expensive processor. The IMU or processed IMU data can be employed for many applications including keeping a cab level, returning an arm to a particular position, keeping a bucket still while travelling, locking out control for safety applications, extending GNSS data to keep a tractor on course, etc.

The new OpenIMU300RI supplements a sealed rugged module with CAN and RS232 interface in an IP67 Ampseal 16 connector to the product line operating the breakthrough professional-grade open-source navigation stack supported by the company's free Navigation Studio. It complements their OpenIMU300ZA 9-DOF IMU OEM module, which has SPI and UART interfaces.

“Different vehicle platforms have different dynamics,” explains James Fennelly, product manager at ACEINNA. “To get the best performance, the attitude, navigation or other algorithm needs to be tailored for each vehicle platform and application. The ACEINNA OpenIMU300RI open-source platform gives designers a flexible and simple-to-integrate IMU solution that can be easily optimized for a wide range of vehicles and applications.”