- InvenSense® is the pioneer and global market leader in MEMS System on Chip (SOC) solutions. Our single-chip MotionTracking™ solutions combine micro-electromechanical system, or MEMS, based motion sensors, such as accelerometers and gyroscopes, with mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs) to improve performance, accuracy, and intuitive motion- and gesture-based interfaces. 

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Invensense Shuttle

The InvenSense Shuttle gives MEMS developers the opportunity to fabricate their designs on InvenSense’s patented InvenSense Fabrication MEMS-CMOS integrated platform. This proven process has been used to produce over 200 million inertial sensors that have been integrated into a variety of applications. The InvenSense Shuttle is a multi-project shuttle service that is open to qualified MEMS device developers from commercial companies as well as from the research community. Contact to reserve your seat on the next InvenSense Shuttle.

University Program InvenSense is proud to be involved with higher education institutions and students with the usage of motion sensors. Motion sensors are quickly becoming essential components in a wide variety of applications enabling features that enhance the operation on an ever-expanding list of products. InvenSense is a strong believer that projects conducted at the university and collegiate level will contribute to the experience and success of students. Current students and professors worldwide will shape the fields of science and engineering in future years. University Program Request Form.

Developer's Corner

Our Developers Corner provides all the tools you need for intelligent sensor application development. InvenSense Registered Developers gain access to our Software Downloads, Developer Kits, Knowledge Center, Discussion Forum, Application Pages, Support Center, and eNewsletter.
More about InvenSense

InvenSense Inc. (NYSE: INVN) is the leading provider of intelligent sensor system on chip (SSoC) and Sound solutions for consumer electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, wearables, gaming devices, optical image stabilization, and remote controls for Smart TVs. The company’s sensor solutions are also being integrated into a number of industrial applications. The company’s patented InvenSense Fabrication Platform and MotionApps software address the emerging needs of many mass-market consumer applications via improved performance, accuracy, and intuitive motion-, gesture- and sound-based interfaces.

MotionTracking is rapidly becoming a key function in every consumer electronics device as it provides a more intuitive way for consumers to interact with their electronic devices by tracking their motions in free space and delivering these motions as input commands. Audio is similarly becoming complementary to motion as a means for interacting with contextually aware devices and applications. InvenSense’s vision is to be the leading provider of sensor Systems on Chips (SoC) platform solutions providing an ‘AlwaysOn’ solution by enabling the most seamless sensing experience at the lowest power.

InvenSense’s microphone portfolio builds on a strong heritage of industry firsts, including continuous improvement of MEMS microphone SNR, ever-higher integration levels, and even lower power consumption. InvenSense combines the capability to sense audio along with cutting-edge motion detection, which is important for many contextual awareness applications.

InvenSense MotionTracking portfolio accurately tracks complex user motions requires the use of motion sensors such as gyroscopes, accelerometers, compasses, and pressure sensors, properly calibrating the data, and then fusing the sensor outputs into a single and accurate data stream for use by motion applications. InvenSense delivers turn-key solutions with fully integrated MotionTracking devices, robust MotionApps algorithms, and in-use calibration firmware. The company’s patented InvenSense Fabrication process is the key technology which enables direct integration of MEMS mechanical structures with CMOS electronics at the wafer level.

Founded in 2003, InvenSense is headquartered in San Jose, California with offices in China, Korea, Japan, Slovakia, Taiwan, and Wilmington, MA.

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Unity 3D Gaming Engine Tutorial
Improving Apps with Android Gravity API Tutorial
Android MotionApps Tutorial

White Papers

An Overview of Motion Processing Solutions for Consumer Products
Development of high-performance, high-volume consumer MEMS gyroscopes
Image Stabilization Technology Overview
Motion Processing: The Next Breakthrough Function in Handsets
Motion Processing™ Technology Driving New Innovation in Consumer Products
Motion Sensors Gaining Inertia with Popular Consumer Electronics
Wafer Level Packaging of MOEMS Solves Manufacturability Challenges in Optical Cross Connect
Wafer-Scale Packaging and Integration Are Credited for New Generation of Low-Cost MEMS Motion Sensor Products

Application Notes

Invensense MEMS Handling
Motion Sensors Introduction

MEMS Microphone Handling and Assembly Guide
Recommendations for Mounting and Connecting InvenSense MEMS Microphones
Reflow Soldering of MEMS Microphones
Microphone Specifications Explained
Recommendations for Sealing InvenSense Bottom-Port MEMS Microphones from Dust and Liquid Ingress
Microphone Array Beamforming
Op Amps for MEMS Microphone Preamp Circuits
Using a MEMS Microphone in a 2-Wire Microphone Circuit
High-Performance Analog MEMS Microphone Simple Interface to SigmaDSP Audio Codec
Low-Noise Analog MEMS Microphone and Preamp with Compression and Noise Gating
Low-Noise Directional Studio Microphone Reference Design
High-Performance Digital MEMS Microphone Simple Interface to SigmaDSP Audio Codec
High-Performance Digital MEMS Microphone Standard Digital Audio Interface to Blackfin DSP
Understanding Microphone Sensitivity
Inter-IC Digital Audio Interfaces
Analog and Digital MEMS Microphone Design Considerations
MEMS Microphone: The Future For Hearing Aids
Low Self-Noise: The First Step to High-Performance MEMS Microphone Applications

Software Documents

Embedded MotionDriver 6.1
Getting Started Guide
Features Guide
User porting Guide
Hardware Offset Registers Application Note
Orientation Matrix Transformation Chart

Embedded MotionDriver5.1.2
API Spec
5.1.2 Release Note
Hardware Offset Registers Application Note

Contextual Awareness Developer Kit
User Guide
Reference Board Application Note
API Spec

MotionFit Developer Kit
User Guide
Reference Board Application Note
API Spec

Universal Datalogger
User Guide
COM Port Setup Guide


InvenSense Video Library
Developers Corner

We invite you to register for our Invensense Developers Corner for intelligent sensor. Below you will see the different pages that are contained within the Developers Corner, each page is loaded with vital material to help you get underway with your sensor application development. To help you get more familiar with what the Developers Corner is offering we have a brief overview below of what's included on the different pages.

Software Downloads

We have a few different options available for all your sensor fusion and calibration needs:
  • Open source drivers for 6-axis operation, portable to all MCU platforms
  • Software libraries for 9-axis operation, available for numerous MCU platforms
  • Hardware + software developer kits for contextually aware and wearable application development
  • Universal Data Logging application for evaluation
Knowledge Center
Knowledge Center
This is where you can find all the supporting documentation for our software downloads as well as a wealth of application notes and whitepapers on our motion and audio sensors.

Sharkband Wearables
Sharkband Wearables
If you're interested in designing wearable applications, then check out this page. Here you will find information on our Sharkband wearable design. Also included are a brief market overview as well as key design considerations and applications in the wearable space.

Audio is becoming a key differentiator in consumer electronics and InvenSense is now a player in this market. Key specifications and how they relate to application trends provide insight into some of the ways InvenSense is leading the market.

A large portion of our Developer Community is leveraging InvenSense parts for their industrial design. Popular applications and important parameters are covered in this section.

A discussion forum for all things InvenSense related. Collaborate and interact with fellow developers and get your technical questions answered.

Support Center and FAQ

Support CenterA comprehensive list of introductory Q&A focused on motion sensors and the rich data they provide. You can also send in support questions directly to InvenSense by filling out the form or emailing


Sensor Fusion technology consists of a hardware acceleration engine we refer to as a Digital Motion Processor (DMP) and sensor fusion firmware. Sensor Fusion technology enables the conversion of analog signals to digital signals and intelligently assimilates them into usable data. The Embedded MotionApps platform which includes drivers and libraries provide application programming interfaces (API) and calibration algorithms that simplify access to complex functionality commonly needed by customers. This platform utilizes the output from the DMP layer to enable system designers to use the sensor data in their applications without the need to understand detailed motion sensor outputs and develop related motion interface algorithms. InvenSense offers numerous embedded solutions that are supported across a variety of microcontroller platforms.

Embedded MotionDriver 6.1 - 9-axis solution compatible with all ARM Mx core architectures
  • Embedded MotionDriver 6.1 is our first ever 9-axis solution not locked to a specific MCU. This release is supported across all ARM Mx core architectures and supports the InvenSense MPU-6000, 6050, 6500, 9150, and 9250. The release includes optimized libraries and example projects for M3 and M4 cores as well the generic ARM library for any Mx core and an additional library and project for the TI MSP430. eMD 6.1 also includes a Python client for both visualizing the sensor performance and commands for printing data. This solution will allow you to easily leverage and configure numerous features of the DMP and also benefit from dynamic features in the MPL software library.
Embedded MotionDriver 5.1.2 – 6-axis solution supported on all platforms.
  • Embedded Motion Driver 5.1.2 is our six-axis version of eMD 6.1. If a compass in not required for your application than we recommend using this. This is a thin and lightweight solution that can be ported to any MCU with little difficulty. The driver is available in full source with a DMP binary image that is responsible for fusing and calibrating the data from the gyroscope and accelerometer. There is no software library included in this release. This release includes a python cube demo and is also very suitable for application development. There is an also an example for SPI implementation if I2C is not suitable. This SPI example can also be used for eMD 6.1
Automatic Activity Tracking Library - 6-axis library for fitness tracking applications supported on the Atmel M4 platform
  • This library is designed specifically for wrist worn fitness tracking applications and can detect numerous activities. It must be used with either the MPU-6555 or MPU-9255 and the Atmel Cortex M4 (ATSAM4LS4A). This library can detect sit, stand, walk, run, bike, swim, drive, and sleep analysis on a wrist worn wearable device. This solution is ideal for Smart Watch, Smart Band, and Fitness Tracker applications that want to enable the next generation features for wearable products. The library uses data calculated on the sensor DMP (Digital Motion Processor) to recognize new activities typically within 10 seconds and with 95% accuracy for true positives. A pedometer comes with the AAR™ library that benefits from the contextual awareness of knowing which activities will require steps and which will not. The AAR™ library is optimized to recognize the users “persistent” activity useful in applications where you are trying to catalog the user’s daily fitness level.
MoveaTV Demo – SmartMotion Remote demo for the PC and Android Nexus 10
  • In order to evaluate these demos InvenSense has created the SmartMotion Remote Control Reference Kit. Both kits can be explored and evaluated using TI’s RF4CE or Bluetooth remote platforms.

  • These demos feature our SmartMotion Sever. In this architecture the raw sensor data is sent from the remote control to the host, which is typically a Set-Top-Box, Smart TV, or tablet device. The host contains the SmartMotion firmware which than processes the raw sensor data into user commands. There are two types of SMS we have available for evaluation, one for Android and the other for the PC.
Contextual Awareness Developer Kit 5.1 – Wearable Sensor form factor board for 9-axis development
  • The CA-SDK is our latest SDK which features the MPU-9250 and supports 9-axis operation. The TI MSP430 MCU is pre flashed before shipping with our Embedded Software library which allows for 9-axis operation. This library is also included as an option in the eMD 6.1 package. The board is also populated with a Bluetooth module and a temperature, humidity, pressure, proximity, UV and Ambient light sensors for development of contextually aware applications. This wearable sensor form factor board can be purchased in our InvenSense Online Store. A robust Android and Python demo are included for visualizing and logging data.
MotionFit Developer Kit 5.1 – Wearable Sensor form factor board for 9-axis development
  • The MotionFit SDK 5.1 is our legacy developer kit that features the MPU-9150 and supports 9-axis operation. The TI MSP430 MCU is pre flashed before shipping with our Embedded Software library which allows for 9-axis operation. This library is also included as an option in the eMD 6.1 package. A Bluetooth module is also on board for wireless communication. This wearable sensor form factor board is available for purchase in our InvenSense Online Store. A Teapot, Android, and Python demo are included for visualizing and logging data.
Universal Datalogger 1.1 – Evaluation software for logging raw data
  • This is a very basic demo that can print/stream raw data to a PC and is to be used for evaluation purposes only. You will need an EVB for the part you wish to evaluate and anARM board that interfaces to the EVB over I²C. *Only support up to Windows 7*
InvenSense's Fire Fly Development Kit and SensorStudio

World’s First Tri-Core 6-Axis MotionTracking Solution with Integrated Sensor-Hub Framework Software

First in the FireFly platform of products, the single-chip ICM-30630 is the world’s first tri-core 6-axis motion tracking solution with integrated sensor-hub framework software. It combines industry leading gyroscope and accelerometer sensors with tri-core processors (an ARM Cortex-M0 CPU, a DMP3 and a DMP4 Digital Motion Processor™) in a small 3x3x1mm LGA package.

The ICM-30630 serves as a sensor hub that supports the collection and processing of data from internal and external sensors. The multi-cores are designed to offload processing from the Application Processor, thereby saving system power and improving performance.

The ARM Cortex-M0 CPU provides a low-power programmable platform for software development. The DMP3 offloads Android L processing from the CPU, and provides ready-to-use physical and virtual Android sensors. The DMP4 is optimized for fixed point processing and FFT generation, complementing the CPU by offloading math intensive operations.

The integrated InvenSense Sensor Framework provides an open and powerful platform for creating cutting-edge ‘AlwaysOn’ applications for mobile platforms. Developers can use built-in framework components to rapidly develop and launch new features. The command protocol is designed for seamless porting to new systems, allowing software reuse and therefore maximizing returns on software investment.

Fire Fly Development Kit

InvenSense's Fire Fly Development KitTo enable rapid prototyping and development of IoT applications we have created the FireFly Development Kit. The Kit is composed of 3 critical components. The first being the aforementioned ICM-30630 with integrated sensor framework software, the second is our new development tool, SensorStudio, and lastly the Arduino Zero board.

SensorStudio is our new development tool used to ease the development and programming of the FireFly platform. The simple GUI uses sensors blocks that can be arranged in elegant flow charts for developers to run and validate their program, this makes for rapid prototyping application development. InvenSense supplies our standard sensor block functions derived from our sensor framework software. Developers can also create their own custom sensor functions and verify their functionality in SensorStudio.

SensorStudio lets you visually assemble elements in a logical way and access all the necessary visualizations that fully support the sensor fusion design cycle needs. SensorStudio lets you program and add your own sensors to the Sensor Framework via a documented set of APIs to control I2C, GPIO, tasks and timers, in a way the complexity of real-time OS is not visible. SensorStudio brings a unique level of simplification and integration the IoT market needs to build Smart applications faster.

This is also our first ever development kit that is plug in compatible with Arduino. Arduino has a massive following and is a popular choice for developers due to the open nature of their software and hardware. The Arduino Zero contains an ARM Cortex M0+ MCU from Atmel. Once the ICM-30630 memory is fully used, the cortex M0+ provides plenty of additional horsepower and memory space for application development. Another benefit is the added connectivity the Zero board has with a plethora of additional shield from Arduino.

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