Robust IMU targets robotics and drone applications

30th November 2018
Posted By : Mick Elliott
Robust IMU targets robotics and drone applications

The BMI088 high-performance inertial measurement unit (IMU) from Bosch Sensortec is now being shipped by distributor Mouser Electronics. Borrowing from Bosch’s proven automotive technology, the IMU delivers an extremely stable, low-noise 6-axis inertial sensor designed for industrial and harsh-environment drone and robotics applications.

The IMU incorporates a 16-bit digital, triaxial accelerometer and a 16-bit digital, triaxial gyroscope to accurately measure orientation and detect motion along three orthogonal axes.

It offers acceleration ranges of ±3g to ±24g and gyroscopic slew rates up to ±2,000 degrees per second (°/s). The high performance and high speed of the device enable it to suppress vibrations, which can help ensure smoother navigation and avoid crashes in applications such as drones.

It provides vibration-quelling speed and 16-bit accuracy to enable ultra-low drift maximum bias drift of 2°/hour.

With vibration robustness and temperature stability even under sudden temperature fluctuations, the BMI088 enhances steering and navigation accuracy even in the most naturally high-vibration environments.

The device is compatible with other Bosch sensors such as the BMI085 IMU to simplify integration into existing designs and comes factory calibrated and ready to use in a compact 3.0 × 4.5 × 0.95 mm package.

For development, the BMI088 shuttle board enables designers to gain easy access to the sensor's pins via a simple socket.

And because all Bosch Sensortec sensor shuttle boards have identical footprints, they can interface with the company’s other advanced development tools for optimal flexibility.

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