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Sensors Xplained Software Drivers

  • Accelerates your product development by providing driver support for a wide range of sensor solutions integrated with the Atmel AVR Studio® 5 development environment
  • Provides a hardware-independent C language interface to enable easy, flexible pairing of the ideal AVR microcontroller and your required sensor functions
  • Drivers include support for calibration and scaling of data —providing you with standard unit output from sensors, along with easy configuration and initialization
  • Demonstration projects quickly integrate software libraries and hardware definitions to accelerate your application development

Sensor Drivers and Target Board Support

Atmel Sensors Xplained software consists of a high-level C/C++ application programming interface (API) and binary driver libraries for sensor devices on systems built around 8-bit and 32-bit Atmel AVR XMEGA® and AVR UC3 microcontrollers. In addition to providing a hardware independent interface, the driver routines deliver a result from the sensors in standard units, scaled and calibrated.

In cooperation with our partners, we will be adding a number of higher-level functions that will provide additional functionality through sensor fusion—the combination of data from multiple sensors. Examples include altitude calculations from pressure, continuous calibration of compass heading to correct for inclination and interference errors and rotation matrix information from accelerometer and gyroscope combinations.

ASF board support modules for the Atmel AVR Xplained MCU evaluation kits and Sensors Xplained add-on boards (“top modules”) include configuration constants and runtime initialization calls that allow developers to pair AVR microcontrollers with different combinations of sensors on Sensors Xplained boards. This also makes it possible to retarget standalone applications with little or no modification to the application source code.

The complete package is included in the Atmel AVR Studio 5 development Environment, and Atmel AVR Software Framework(Version 2.5 and above).

Detailed information on the capabilities of the software drivers and related applications can be found in the Sensors Xplained Software User Guide application note.


Supported Devices

Currently, Sensors Xplained supports the following types of sensor devices in partnership with AKM, Bosch Sensortec, Honeywell, Invensense, Kionix and Osram

  • Accelerometers
  • Gyroscopes
  • Magnetometers
  • Pressure Sensors
  • Ambient Light Sensors
  • Temperature Sensors

Please refer to the third-party page for an up-to-date list of specific sensors supported, and links to partners for data on specific sensor devices and additional software support for some devices. More Information.


Demonstration Projects

In addition to the driver libraries, there are a number of demonstration projects available to provide examples of common usage of sensor systems, and accelerate your initial development.More Details.