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Miniature new industrial-grade inertial sensor units from Xsens outgun competition on both price and performance


Miniature new industrial-grade inertial sensor units from Xsens outgun competition on both price and performance

New MTi 600-series with flexible interfacing options is backed by software development suite for easy integration into space-restricted host systems such as drones

Xsens today announces the introduction of a generation of inertial motion sensors which set a new standard in the market for their small size, industrial-grade performance and competitive pricing.

The all-new MTi 600-series of inertial sensors, supplied in a 31.5mm x 28.0mm x 13.0mm IP51-rated case, produce roll and pitch readings accurate to ±0.2°. GNSS-assisted heading (yaw) measurements are accurate to ±1.0°. Among the products’ new features are a CAN bus interface and NMEA compatibility.

Xsens is demonstrating the high performance of the new modules at its stand 2627 at the Xponential exhibition (Chicago, US, 30 April – 2 May 2019).

To achieve this performance, Xsens has applied numerous innovations in its latest sensor fusion algorithms, which optimize the output from new accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer components. This has allowed it to bring the performance-optimized MTi 600-series to market at unit prices below €300 for production volumes of the MTi-610 IMU.

Meindert Zeeuw, Business Manager Inertial Sensor Modules at Xsens, said: ‘The release of the MTi 600-series promises to disrupt the industrial market for motion sensor modules in the wide space between low-cost, consumer-grade MEMS sensors and the very high-spec, expensive devices used in military/aerospace applications.’

‘In applications including drones, autonomous ground vehicles, robots, smart agriculture, mapping and surveying equipment, logistics and mining equipment, the new MTi 600-series modules will reset designers’ assumptions about the price to pay for industrial-grade performance. Unique Xsens sensor fusion technology and motion measurement know-how has just redefined the mid-range of the module market.’

There are four products in the MTi 600-series:

The MTi 600-series modules offer the same core benefits that users of existing Xsens modules will be familiar with:

  • A choice of standard interfacing options, now including for the first time support for CAN bus alongside RS-232 and UART interfaces.
  • Comprehensive, free MT Software Suite, a software development kit for easy integration into host system designs. This includes the XDA open-source application programming interface for use with any hardware development platform.
  • All production units comprehensively tested and calibrated before shipment to the customer.
  • Global technical support 24/7 from dedicated applications engineers.

The MTi 600-series modules are the first from Xsens to include an NMEA-compatible interface for GNSS receivers. This means that users can choose any GNSS receiver chip, module or system to work alongside the MTi-670, a GNSS/INS device which supplements the pitch, roll and yaw outputs available from other MTi 600-series products with global positioning information.

The MTi 600-series modules are available for sampling on request. Mass production is expected to begin in July 2019.

Developers can pre-order the MTi 600-series Development Kit online at

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