Embeddable motion tracking module incorporates sensor fusion

January 14, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
Intended to give product designers a simple way to add motion intelligence to their projects, and to accelerate time-to-market, Fairchild’s FMT1000-series of highly accurate motion tracking modules enables the fast integration of motion intelligence into any system, including drones, autonomous vehicles, unmanned systems, heavy industry, construction, agriculture, VR headsets, and camera and platform stabilisation.

The FMT1000-series is a range of turnkey Motion Tracking modules outputting inertial data with a complementary offering of roll, pitch and (relative) heading corrections, resulting in the first inertial module, delivering accurate 3D orientation performance with industrial specifications.

“The FMT1000 modules offer a stable mechanical, electrical and software interface for the lifetime of manufacturers’ product designs and are engineered for fast integration, providing these products with accurate motion data without requiring designers to be experts in inertial sensor calibration, signal processing or sensor fusion algorithms,” said Per Slycke, Vice President of Motion Tracking at Fairchild. “Our new FMT family, combined with our FIS1100 MEMS inertial measurement unit, gives us a truly comprehensive and compelling motion tracking portfolio that manufacturers can take advantage of, from the smallest to largest production runs.”

The modules can be integrated with minimal hardware and software development, employ an easy-to-use communication protocol, open source drivers, and include source code and examples for embedded integration via I²C, SPI, ARM mbed, as well as a full software suite (for Windows and Linux).