InvenSense Releases New Development Platform for IoT, Drones Applications

InvenSense, Inc., a leading provider of MEMS sensor platforms, announced the new SensorStudio 2.1 release and the new ICM-30670 FireFly development kit, a sensor prototyping and development platform for Internet of Things (IoT) and drones applications. The InvenSense IoT development platform is comprised of InvenSense’s ICM-30670 MEMS 6-axis sensor (3-axis gyroscope + 3-axis accelerometer) with an integrated sensor framework software interfacing with an Arduino Zero board. The new ICM-30670 supports up to 1 kHz data rate to the host MCU satisfying the needs for high data throughput applications, such as drones. With SensorStudio and the FireFly development kit, developers are able to select and evaluate the FireFly embedded features (orientation, activity tracking, gestures, etc.), enable quick design and validate embedded features. The new InvenSense development platform simplifies even further, the configuration and extension of the FireFly SensorHub Framework, bringing a unique level of simplification and integration to build smart IoT applications faster.

SensorStudio is a powerful graphical development tool originated by InvenSense to ease the development and programming of sensors and algorithms. SensorStudio provides the environment for extending and customizing FireFly capabilities, supplying standard sensor block functions derived from its sensor framework software. SensorStudio visually assembles elements in a logical way and accesses all the necessary visualizations to fully support the sensor fusion design cycle. SensorStudio allows developers to program and add sensors to the Sensor Framework via a documented set of APIs to control I2C, GPIO, tasks and timers, while masking the complexity of real-time OS. Using simple GUI sensors blocks, SensorStudio can be arranged in elegant flow charts for developers to run and validate their programs, facilitating the rapid prototyping and application development for IoT applications.

The hardware element of the development kit is based on the single-chip InvenSense ICM-30670, the tri-core 6-axis motion tracking solution with integrated framework software serving as a sensor hub that supports the collection and processing of data from internal and external sensors. The integrated InvenSense Sensor Framework provides an open and powerful platform for creating cutting-edge always-on applications, allowing customers to leverage InvenSense sensors and algorithms in order to build their own products.

InvenSense’s new Firefly development kit is compatible with Arduino hardware, GCC-based development tools and Eclipse IDE debugger. InvenSense Studio 2.1 can now interface with other Arduino equivalent IoT platforms, such as Raspberry Pie, ARTIK, etc. by porting InvenSense bridge code to the selected development environment. The development kit includes a fully self-contained sensor software solution with additional memory space available on chip, allowing customers to program with their own logic, creating a platform that is easily scalable and deployable. The InvenSense Sensor Framework keeps on being improved and optimized to bring ever more flexibility, and benefiting from quality levels achieved on large mobile & wearable deployments.

“We have seen an ever growing interest in our customers’ use of SensorStudio as the sensors development platform for IoT applications as well as for other markets,” said Eitan Median, vice president marketing and product management, InvenSense. “SensorStudio and associated development kits, are proving every day our customers can rely on our tools flexibility to develop and productize their own IoT platforms, achieving faster time to market by leveraging InvenSense sensor fusion and our SensorHub framework.”

SensorStudio and the FireFly Development Kit will be available in June for purchase and download on InvenSense’s Developers Corner website. The Studio platform will be exhibited in the InvenSense booth in Hall N1, stand 1742 at the 2016 CES Asia event taking place in Shanghai, China from May 11-13, 2016. To schedule press and partner meetings at the show, contact [email protected]. For additional information on the InvenSense development platform, please visit or contact InvenSense Sales at [email protected].


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