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idata
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IMU on compute board

Does the Aero compute board still have the imu and compass it had at release?

I'm interested in Aero, but have a copter ready to put it on (don't need the rtf) and don't care much for adding extra weight.

The spec sheets don't mention the IMU and compass now, which is confusing.

A straight answer please - not evasive spin.

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idata
Community Manager
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Hi Auturgy,

 

 

Thanks for your interest in the Intel Aero Platform.

 

 

I understand your point, let me do some investigation in order to give you a straight answer. As soon as I find something useful I will contact you.

 

 

Have a nice day.

 

 

Best Regards,

 

-Jose.
idata
Community Manager
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Hi Auturgy,

 

 

I appreciate your patience. The Intel Aero board does not have an IMU or compass onboard. The Intel Aero board is design to connect to a flight controller, the flight controller should include the IMU features. The documentation on how to connect a flight controller to the Intel Aero will be available soon. I hope you find this information useful.

 

 

Have a nice day!

 

 

Regards,

 

-Jose
idata
Community Manager
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Thanks Jose.

So it's just another sbc - basically an UP in a different form factor. That's very disappointing!

To confirm, the link below is incorrect?

Ardupilot cannot possibly run native on Intel Aero compute board without an external flight control board?

http://ardupilot.org/copter/docs/common-intel-aero-overview.html Intel Aero Overview — Copter documentation

idata
Community Manager
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Guys,

To be honest I'm still a bit wary and uncertain - I don't understand why on the one hand Intel has provided autopilot code (such as here: https://github.com/ArduPilot/ardupilot/blob/master/libraries/AP_HAL_Linux/GPIO_Aero.cpp ardupilot/GPIO_Aero.cpp at master · ArduPilot/ardupilot · GitHub ), which includes IO and IMU drivers for the Aero board (not an external flight controller connected to Aero), yet Intel are also stating that these same components are not included on the board. Unless a BoM change has occurred, this doesn't make sense. Is there a simple explanation?

ppatr3
Beginner
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Auturgy is referring to an external site : http://ardupilot.org/copter/docs/common-intel-aero-overview.html Intel Aero Overview — Copter documentation that has a more detailed description of the components than what you are actually providing.

The components he is referring to are:

Sensors

Please take a look at your own documentation here : https://software.intel.com/sites/default/files/managed/25/d5/Intel-Aero-Compute-Board-Getting-Starte... https://software.intel.com/sites/default/files/managed/25/d5/Intel-Aero-Compute-Board-Getting-Starte... , it is quite easy to identify the MS5611 Barometer (red circle) on the bottom view picture:

The other components are much smaller, hence not east to get a positive identification on the picture.

So can we get a clear answer to this question, or we have to buy the board without knowing if the component shown on your picture does not exist anymore ?

idata
Community Manager
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Bump.

Can Intel please provide a follow up answer here?

idata
Community Manager
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Hi Auturgy,

 

 

I appreciate your patience. We apologize for the information provided in our previous response which is not accurate. The Aero board does have an on-board IMU, Compass and barometer. The hardware interface to the sensors from the kernel have been validated and are available. The SPI drivers are initialized and available for applications to access the IMU sensors. The work-in-progress documentation to access these sensors is available at https://github.com/intel-aero/meta-intel-aero/wiki/Onboard-Sensors, it should be completed soon.

 

 

Best Regards,

 

-Jose.
idata
Community Manager
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Great! Thanks.

idata
Community Manager
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Hi Auturgy,

 

 

Always happy to help, if you have any more questions please don't hesitate to contact us.

 

 

Best Regards,

 

-Jose
oomid
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Since it has been clarified that this board has IMU and barometer, could you please let me know is it possible to run any open source drone codes on this board like as: PX4?

Thanks,

Omid

idata
Community Manager
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The Arducopter release notes list support for it:

https://github.com/ArduPilot/ardupilot/blob/master/ArduCopter/ReleaseNotes.txt ardupilot/ReleaseNotes.txt at master · ArduPilot/ardupilot · GitHub

No build or setup instructions though.

idata
Community Manager
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Hi Omid.univer,

 

 

Thanks for your interest in the Intel Aero Platform.

 

 

Right now the only information available is the link that Auturgy provided. We are currently working on the documentation for the open source code, please keep tune with the Aero website ( https://software.intel.com/en-us/aero/dev-kit) to see our updates.

 

 

Best Regards,

 

-Jose.
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