PMW3901MB | Far-Field Optical Motion Tracking Sensor

PixArt Imaging's PMW3901MB sensor is a far-field X-Y motion tracking sensor that can track at any distance from 80mm to infinity. See the notes below for common applications of this sensor as well as guides on how to bring it up.

Hello World

Import program3901_referenceFirmware

Reference firmware for PixArt's PMW3901MB sensor and evaluation board. "Hello World" and "Library" contain the exact same files. Please import just one of the two into your mBed compiler as a new program and not as a library.

Library

Import program3901_referenceFirmware

Reference firmware for PixArt's PMW3901MB sensor and evaluation board. "Hello World" and "Library" contain the exact same files. Please import just one of the two into your mBed compiler as a new program and not as a library.

Pinout

Datasheet

http://www.pixart.com.tw/upload/POT0189-PMW3901MB-TXQT-DS-R1.10-200617%20(NonNDA)_20170720181537_20170802183402.pdf

Notes

Setup and Evaluation

For a guide on how to setup the PMW3901MB sensor with the Nordic nRF52-DK microcontroller, please visit this Wiki guide:
https://os.mbed.com/teams/PixArt/code/3901_referenceFirmware/wiki/Guide-for-nRF52-DK-Platform

For a guide on how to setup the PMW3901MB sensor with any other microcontroller, please visit this Wiki guide:
https://os.mbed.com/teams/PixArt/code/3901_referenceFirmware/wiki/Guide-for-Any-Platform


Common Applications

One of the most common applications for this sensor is drone stabilization. In the past, users have modified PixArt's ADNS-3080 mouse sensor to act as an optical flow sensor, but now PixArt has a dedicated sensor for this type of application - the PMW3901MB! There is a guide from ArduPilot that discusses the technique and mathematics behind optical flow drone stabilization here:
http://ardupilot.org/copter/docs/common-mouse-based-optical-flow-sensor-adns3080.html

  • *Note that a time-of-flight (ToF) sensor is needed in this application to determine height. The PMW3901MB cannot detect height alone.*


  • Other Applications:
    There is a wide range of other applications for this sensor. These can range from robotics to long-distance surface tracking and much more. If you have any questions about whether or not this sensor is right for your application, don't hesitate to shoot us an email at the address listed below.

Where to Buy

North America - WPG Americas (Distributor)
Website: http://www.wpgamericas.com/contact-us/

Taiwan and China - AIT Group (Distributor)
Website: http://www.wpgholdings.com/aitg/pline_detail/en/PixArt


Questions & Contact

Have any questions or need more support? Contact us here: sales_us@pixart.com


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