Atmel Corporation has integrated its new Sensors Xplained software drivers with the recently-launched AVR Studio 5 Integrated Development Environment (IDE). The new software drivers, combined with Ateml AVR MCUs, accelerate application and device development by providing driver and calibration support for a variety of the most popular sensor types used in consumer, industrial and medical applications.
Atmel has teamed with a number of the leading sensor manufacturers to make the necessary sensor drivers available as part of the AVR Studio 5 development environment, including AKM, Bosch Sensortec, Honeywell, Invensense, Kionix, and Osram Opto Semiconductors in the initial release. The company plans to support and release drivers for additional companies and products over time.
The driver software is available directly from Atmel, and provides basic interface functionality with both raw data and calibrated engineering unit outputs, using a standard API (application programming interface) to simplify application development. There are a number of higher level application examples available as library functions, both from Atmel and several of the sensor suppliers, that are optimized for the AVR architecture and provide support for sensor fusion algorithms used in many applications.
The company states that Atmel Sensors Xplained software drivers and expansion boards enable developers to significantly accelerate time-to-market.
The Atmel Sensors Xplained software drivers and expansion boards are designed to be plug-in compatible with all the Xplained series microcontroller (MCU) boards for the Atmel AVR family of MCUs. The software drivers address core challenges of using sensors, including calibration and scaling, data conversion, and interoperability for a variety of sensor vendors. The Atmel sensor solution provides designers with the AVR Xplained processor board and development system, a sensors board to add onto the Xplained processor board, and the software drivers in the free Atmel AVR 5 Studio.
For more information about the Atmel Sensors Xplained series visit www.atmel.com/xplained
Pricing and Availability
The Atmel Sensors Xplained drivers are available now by downloading AVR Studio 5 at www.atmel.com/microsite/avr_studio_5
Expansion boards available now include:
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- Inertial Sensor Board One (ATAVRSBIN1): Provides 9 degrees of freedom for inertial sensing. Includes an Invensense ITG-3200 3-axis gyro, Bosch Sensortec BMA150 3-axis accelerometer and AKM AK8975 3-axis magnetometer for USD $54.
- Inertial Sensor Board Two (ATAVRSBIN2): Provides 9 degrees of freedom inertial sensing. Includes an Invensense IMU-3000 3-axis gyro, Kionix KXTF9 3-axis accelerometer and a Honeywell HMC5883L 3-axis magnetometer for USD $54.
- Pressure Sensor Board One (ATAVRSBPR1): Includes a Bosch Sensortec BMP085 barometric pressure for atmospheric and altitude sensing for USD $24.