Mid-range sensor comes with a CAN bus interface

Jon Lawson

Xsens has announced the introduction of a new generation of inertial motion sensors.

The MTi 600-series are supplied in a 31.5mm x 28.0mm x 13.0mm IP51-rated case and produce roll and pitch readings accurate to ±0.2°. GNSS-assisted heading (yaw) measurements are accurate to ±1.0°. Among the products’ new features are a CAN bus interface and NMEA compatibility. 

To achieve this performance, Xsens has applied numerous innovations in its latest  sensor fusion algorithms, which optimise the output from new accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer components. This has allowed it to bring the MTi 600-series to market at unit prices below €300 for higher production volumes.

Meindert Zeeuw, Business Manager Inertial Sensor Modules at Xsens, said: ‘The release of the MTi 600-series promises to disrupt the industrial market for motion sensor modules in the wide space between low-cost, consumer-grade MEMS sensors and the very high-spec, expensive devices used in military/aerospace applications.’

‘In applications including drones, autonomous ground vehicles, robots, smart  agriculture, mapping and surveying equipment, logistics and mining equipment, the new MTi 600-series modules will reset designers’ assumptions about the price to pay for industrial-grade performance. Xsens sensor fusion technology and motion measurement know-how has just redefined the mid-range of the module market.’

The MTi 600-series modules are available for sampling. Mass production is expected to begin in July.