Develop with accelerometer, pressure sensor and magnetometer on a single kit

June 05, 2013 // By Paul Buckley
Premier Farnell has launched a multi MEMS development board for Xtrinsic sensors, a low cost solution that allows designers to easily understand and test the latest sensing technologies.

The board provides accelerometer, pressure sensor and a magnetometer to measure motion, altitude or pressure, detect magnetic fields and determine physical position. It costs $26.99, through Farnell element14 in Europe.
Designed to work with a range of key applications including mobiles and tablets, remote controls, game consoles, navigation and medical devices, the new development board for Xtrinsic sensors offers design engineers flexibility and comes with a Freescale Freedom FRDM-KL25Z platform to help demonstrate the sensor board functionality.  The FRDM-KL25Z is an ultra-low-cost development platform enabled by the energy-efficient Kinetis L Series KL1x and KL2x MCUs families built on the ARM Cortex-M0+ processor.
Device drivers and sample codes are also included to cater for  evaluation and demonstration of the performance of the sensors to measure motion, altitude, pressure, the detection of magnetic fields and physical position. In addition, each of the development boards comes equipped with a USB cable and quick start guide.
“With its precision sensing capabilities the new development board for Xtrinsic sensors is an ideal companion for the Freedom platform and gives developers a low cost, low barrier to entry solution for evaluation and development,” said David Shen, Group CTO at Premier Farnell. “The need for accurate, real-time sensing is becoming pervasive.”

Key features of the multi MEMS development board for Xtrinsic sensors include a Xtrinsic MPL3115 high-precision pressure sensor and a Xtrinsic MAG3110 low-power 3D magnetometer as well as a Xtrinsic MMA8491Q 3-axis digital accelerometer.
The FRDM-KL25Z Freescale Freedom Development Platform features an ARM Cortex-M0+ MCU, up to 48 MHz and a 128 KB Flash, 16 KB SRAM.
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