Want to play with the awesome Invensense MPU-6000/6050 sensor used by APM 2 but struggling with the fine-pitch surface mount form factor? Sparkfun has come to your rescue with this handy breakout board version of the 6050. They're a little expensive at $40 each, but it's a great chip and very much the future of aerial robotics. 

(BTW, the difference between the MPU-6000 and the MPU-6050 is that the first uses a SPI data interface and the second is I2C)

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Comment by JPerin on March 31, 2012 at 3:20am

It's really a great sensor for UAV application. You can find too here http://www.drotek.fr/shop/en/42-mpu6050-gyro-accelerometer.html for 22.49 euros outside of Europe.

Comment by OuBen on March 31, 2012 at 3:33am

could APM2 use MPU-6050?

Comment by hamadivo on March 31, 2012 at 4:45am

It's a great sensor, i'm looking for SPI Version.


Comment by Thomas Saunders on March 31, 2012 at 7:47am

that refers to the fact that the pins are very small and close together. This sensor is hard to solder with just an iron, but easily done using hot air.

Also the MPU-6000 does both SPI and I2C, where as the MPU-6050 just does I2C.

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Comment by Chris Anderson on March 31, 2012 at 9:28am

Ou: We prefer the MPU-6000. SPI is a more robust protocol for UAV applications. Otherwise the chips are the same. 

Comment by hamadivo on March 31, 2012 at 1:18pm

I used MPU-6050 with Gumstix (I2C at 400khz), i had  latency to get all data in 1ms,  i tried to make my breakout but the soldering is difficult.

Why Diy Drones not purpose a breakout for these sensor?


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