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MEMSIC debuts eCompass Library for Atmel’s Xplained Pro

MEMSIC has announced an Electronic Compass (e-compass) library for Atmel’s popular Xplained Pro platform. According to John Newton, MEMSIC VP of Marketing, the e-compass library will help embedded developers create smarter, more connected devices for the rapidly evolving Internet of Things (IoT) and growing wearables market.

Indeed, the Electronic Compass extension provides a highly accurate, fully tilt compensated electronic compass with calibration that supports MEMSIC’s recently introduced MMC3416xPJ ultra low noise, low power magnetometer in a 1.6 x 1.6 x 0.6 package.

“Integrating sensors can be complex and time consuming. A thorough understanding of the theory of magnetics, sensor behavior, calibration and tilt compensation is required before the design can start, [while] the digital outputs of counts per gauss and counts per g need to be filtered and translated into a tilt compensated heading,” Newton explained.

“MEMSIC can simplify this integration on the Atmel Xplained platform by providing a calibration and Electronic Compass library as a Gallery program. In addition, the MMC3416xPJ provides a high dynamic range of 16 Gauss, which simplifies design by allowing more placement options on the board.”

Newton also noted that Atmel’s ultra-low power processor is an “ideal” match for the MMC3416xPJ magnetic sensor.

“Together they enable an ultra-low power and high performance e-Compass solution; our partnership with Atmel and their Gallery library will enable customers to bring new solutions to market quickly and efficiently,” he added.

The Electronic Compass library is slated to go live in Atmel’s Gallery later this month.

As we’ve previously discussed on Bits & PiecesAtmel’s comprehensive lineup of Xplained Pro boards offers engineers everything they need to start designing microcontroller (MCU) applications in minutes. First off, the boards are quite easy to connect, linking to PCs with just a USB cable.

As expected, the boards are automatically recognized by Atmel Studio, facilitating direct access to example projects and documentation. Meanwhile, hardware extension boards provide easy access to all functionality of the MCU.

Currently, Xplained Pro kits are grouped into three primary categories:

  • Evaluation kits – Lowest cost kits starting at $39 for evaluating MCUs and developing with example projects in Atmel Studio.
  • Starter kits – Low-cost bundle of MCU and extension boards starting at $99 for rapid application prototyping and development with Atmel Studio and Atmel Software Framework.
  • Extension kits – Boards with additional functionality, connecting to Xplained Pro MCU boards through standardized connectors.

On the evaluation side, Atmel offers the SAM D20 Xplained ProSAM4N Xplained ProSAM4S Xplained ProSAM4L Xplained Pro and the ATmega256RFR2 Xplained Pro. In terms of extension boards, there are the I/O1 Xplained ProOLED1 Xplained ProSLCD1 Xplained Pro and the PROTO1 Xplained Pro.