This six-DOF IMU from CH Robotics packs three accelerometer axes, three gyroscope axes, and a STM32F103T8 ARM Cortex processor into a tiny, 0.8" x 0.7" x 0.1" board. The small size and light weight (1.5 g) make the board well suited for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) navigation. The integrated 32-bit MPU takes 16-bit readings of the sensors, applies a customizable filter, and reports the results via a TTL serial interface. The Cortex’s programming pins are exposed, and the firmware is open-source.
The CH Robotics CHR-6d inertial measurement unit (IMU) uses a 32-bit STM32F103T8 ARM Cortex processor to take 16-bit ADC readings from an ADXL335 three-axis accelerometer, a LP510AL pitch/roll rate gyro, and a LY510ALH yaw rate gyro, providing a full six degree of freedom (6-DOF) measurement solution. The Cortex processor applies a customizable finite impulse response (FIR) digital filter to help reduce noise and makes the results available via a simple TTL-level (3.3V with 5V-tolerant pins) serial interface at baud rates up to 115,200 bps. A USB-to-serial adapter can be used to connect the IMU to a computer running the free IMUkit PC application, which can be used for data visualization and settings configuration.
Update: Units are now being shipped with firmware version 2.0, which adds an on-board Extended Kalman Filter (EKF) for automatic pitch and roll angle estimation.
Note that the board’s pins are spaced 2 mm apart, so the board will not work with standard 0.1" headers or breadboards.
We carry several inertial measurement and orientation sensors. The table below compares their capabilities:
Open Source PC Application and Firmware
Both the PC application for communicating with the CHR-6d and the CHR-6d’s firmware are open source and available for download from the Resources tab. All of the pins needed to reprogram the STM32F103T8 ARM Cortex processor are made available to the user, as are four unused digital I/O pins that can be put to use if the firmware is modified.
The CHR-6d can be used in applications where a compact, 6-DOF IMU is needed, including:
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