ArduPilot with ARM? IMU in one chip: MPU-9150

It was an issues of time to build a 9-axis sensor in one chip, and Invense did it again.


I read somewhere that people are working to build an Ardupilot with ARM CPU, so i'm thinking in image or video processing in a platform similar to Raspberry-PI, but this consumes 2.5W in Model A.


Model A Model B
Target price: USD $25 USD $35
SoC: Broadcom BCM2835 (CPU, GPU, DSP, and SDRAM)
CPU: 700 MHz ARM1176JZF-S core (ARM11 family)
GPU: Broadcom VideoCore IV, OpenGL ES 2.0, 1080p30 h.264/MPEG-4 AVC
Memory (SDRAM): 128 MiB (shared with GPU) 256 MiB (shared with GPU)
USB 2.0 ports: 1 2 (via integrated USB hub)
Video outputs: Composite RCAHDMI
Audio outputs: 3.5 mm jack, HDMI
Onboard storage: SD / MMC / SDIO card slot
Onboard network: None 10/100 Ethernet (RJ45)
Low-level peripherals: 8 × GPIOUARTI²C bus, SPI bus with two chip selects, +3.3 V, +5 V, Ground
Power ratings: 500 mA (2.5 W) 700 mA (3.5 W)
Power source: volt via MicroUSB or optional GPIO header
Size: 85.60 × 53.98 mm (3.370 × 2.125 in)
Supported operating systems: Debian GNU/LinuxFedoraArch Linux

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Comment by Anish on February 17, 2012 at 8:45am

Getting hold of raspberrypi is a challenge, even very well connected folks from Cambridge (UK) community couldnt get hold of one..afaik

Comment by Sebastian Gralla on February 17, 2012 at 9:10am

well, 2.5W on a quad is a very small consuption (you take about 150W to hover)

Comment by Hugo Vincent on February 17, 2012 at 10:53am

Where does it say it has an ARM in the invensense chip? I can see it has a "DMP" which sounds like a microcontroller of some kind running the fusion algorithm, but afaict you'd still need a second microcontroller to run the autopilot code. 

Comment by Doug Weibel on February 17, 2012 at 11:43am

Bases on the amount of time between when Invensense announced the 6000 series chips and when they were actually available, I wouldn't hold my breath...

Comment by on February 17, 2012 at 12:10pm


interisting, what king of problem they are having?

@Sebastian Gralla

it's seem to be insignificant but each Watt should be save. 

@Hugo Vincent

my mistake, fixed, thank you.

@Doug Weibel

You are right, from prototype or design to massive fabrication take its time.

Comment by Cliff-E on February 17, 2012 at 1:07pm

Interesting, I have a new BeagleBone ($89) sitting on my desk and just waiting to try integrating the APM oilpan to it. 700Mhz is nice, but since you need a heavier OS... not so nice. Waiting for the Arduino Due....

The Pi is really nice for the price, but you're likely stuck with I2C--not many GPIOs or SPIs. And I2C may not be the best direction (i.e. the old Mikrokopter 'bus crashes' anyone?)


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