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The ADIS16266 iSensor® is a high performance, digital gyroscope sensing system that operates autonomously and requires no user configuration to produce accurate rate sensing data. It provides performance advantages with high dynamic range, wide bandwidth, and solid linear-acceleration rejection, which are enabling for robotics and industrial instrumentation systems. The ADIS16266 uses a serial peripheral interface for data communications. This interface enables direct connection with a large variety of embedded processor products. This electrical connection typically only requires 5 I/O lines for synchronous data collection, as shown in the following figure:


For those who are on a tight timeline, connecting the ADIS16266 to an embedded controller will provide the most flexibility in developing application firmware and will more closely reflect the final system design. The ADIS16266/PCBZ is the breakout board for the ADIS16266 and may provide assistance in the process of hooking it up to an existing embedded processor system. For more information on the ADIS16266/PCBZ breakout boards, check out the following datasheet link.


For those who would prefer to perform PC-based evaluation of the ADIS16266, before developing their own embedded system, the EVAL-ADIS is the appropriate system to use. The remainder of this Wiki site will focus on PC-based evaluation with the EVAL-ADIS system.



Windows XP, Vista, 7

.NET 3.5 Framework


Use the following materials to install the ADIS16266/PCBZ onto the EVAL-ADIS. Note that the ribbon cable does not currnently come with either part number. See the following FAQ on the Engineer Zone, for information on where to purchase one of these.

The ADIS16266/PCBZ mounting holes will line up with the four holes on the EVAL-ADIS, which have the “A” label on them.

Before starting to install, check out the following pictures, which show INCORRECT examples of connecting the ribbon cable to J1 on the ADIS16266/PCBZ




You may find that it is easier to install the ADIS16266/PCBZ on the EVAL-ADIS, before pressing the ribbon connector on to J1, for both PCBs.



IMU Evaluation Software installation only requires two simple steps:

1. Download, unzip and install the EVAL-ADIS USB Driver (click here to see the download link)

2. Download, unzip and copy the IMU_Evaluation*.exe file to the desired location on the test PC (click here to see the download link)

USB Driver Installation

After downloading the EVAL-ADIS USB Driver file, extract the SDPDrivers.exe file from the zip file, into a convenient location and then double click on it to start the process.

When the setup wizard opens, click on Next to start the installation process

Click on Next to accept the default driver location.

The process will involve at least two progress bars that look like the following:

If you encounter this type of message during the process, click on Install to continue with the installation.

Once the installation has completed, click on Finish to complete the process.


After the USB driver installation is complete, connect the EVAL-ADIS USB connector to the PC, using the USB Mini cable, from the EVAL-ADIS kit. LED2 (below left) will illuminate as soon as this connection is made. This indicates that the EVAL-ADIS has power and is going through its start-up/initialization process. After the EVAL-ADIS completes this process, LED1 (below right) will illuminate, indicating that it is time to launch the IMU Evaluation application. During the initialization process, several messages may appear on the screen. They are related to updating the EVAL-ADIS firmware and establishing communication between the PC and the EVAL-ADIS. Once LED1 lights up, double click on the IMU_Evaluation.exe file to launch the application.

Main Window

Once the IMU Evaluation software starts-up, the Main Window will appear and look like the following picture. The second picture provides color-coded boxes to support further discussion of each function in this screen.

The orange box identifies the drop-down menus, which provide a number of useful features. The Devices option provides a list of products. For evaluation of any ADIS1648x product, click on Devices and then select the part number (ADIS16488, for example). The green box shows the current device selection, which in this case, identifies the ADIS16448 as the current selection.

The Register Access option provides a listing of user-configurable registers available from the part number selected in the “Devices” drop down menu. It also provides read/write access to each one of these registers.

The Data Capture option provides the core data collection function.

The Demos option only supports a 3-D rendering tool on the ADIS16480.

The Tools option provides some diagnostic tools for the USB interface.

The About option provides more detail software revision information.

The purple box identifies the output registers, which update, real-time, after pressing the Read button (see the red box for the location of the Read button).

The yellow box identifies the three waveform recorder windows. The top window contains the three gyroscope outputs. The middle window contains the three accelerometer responses. The bottom window contains the three magnetometer responses. Also, each waveform matches the color of its register (see register titles in the purple box).

Register Access

The purpose of the Register Access window is to provide both read and write access to the user registers in the ADIS1648x products. The following picture shows the appearance of this window.

The color coded boxes illustrate the different functions that this window provides.

The purple box identifies the register category. In addition to the Control/Status, this drop-down control offers access to Output and Calibration registers.

The red box identifies all of the registers that are in the current category. Click on the register name to select a register for individual read/write access.

The green box identifies the read/write control options for the current register selection. Use the hexadecimal format when writing commands to a particular register.

The Update Registers in Category button (orange box) triggers a read and display update of all registers in the current category (red box).

The yellow box identifies the area that provides single-bit command buttons, such as the ones provided by the GLOB_CMD register.

The Save Reg Settings to File command saves all of the registers in the current category into a *.csv (common-delimited) file. The Load Reg Settings from File button reads those settings back into the software package and triggers a routine that updates all registers with the values from this file.

APPLICATION TIP: The Register Access screen writes to user control registers, inside of the ADIS1648x devices, two bytes at a time. So, when configuring a register, make sure to include the hexadecimal number for all 16-bits, before pressing the Write Register button. When using an embedded processor to write to user control registers, inside of the ADIS1648x devices, each command (16-bits) writes to one byte at a time.

Data Capture

The Data Capture function supports synchronous data acquisition, based on the data-ready signal from the ADIS1648x. The following picture represents the Data Capture window, right after opening it from the Main Window and the second picture provides color-coded boxes, in order to support further discussion of each function that is associated with this screen.

The red box identifies all of the registers that are eligible for inclusion in the next acquisition process. Click on each box to include a register in the next data acquisition sequence. The box will have a check mark when it has been selected.

The green box identifies the configuration box for the name and location of the data storage file.

The yellow box identifies a number of configuration options for the data acquisition process. The Record Length is a user input for the total number of samples in a data record. Note that all selected registers will have this number of samples in the data record file, after the acquisition process completes. The Sample Rate represents the rate that the ADIS1648x updates its output register. This depends on the configuration in the DEC_RATE register. For example, if DEC_RATE = 0x0009, the decimation setting is 10, which would result in an update rate of 246 SPS. After each update to the Record Length box, the software calculates the displays the total Capture Time. The Add Header option allows the user to add or remove the header in the data storage file. The Use Scaled Data causes the software to convert the decimal, twos complement number into its representative value. For example, when enabling Use Scaled Data, the gyroscope outputs will be in units of degrees/second.


v1.11.1 4/9/14 Updated Magnetometer recorder in the Main Menu for consistency across the ADIS16405, ADIS16407, ADIS16448 and ADIS16488
v1.10.1 12/9/13 Address reported issue with SYS_E_FLAG register missing from ADIS16485 and ADIS16488 Register Access Menu
v1.10.0 11/1/13 Add support for the ADIS16137
Fix register access (GPIO_CTRL) in ADIS16209
v1.9.8 8/27/2013 Corrected a number of register definition issues on the ADIS16480
v1.9.7 8/21/2013 Corrected scale factors associated with GYRO_OUT/GYRO_OUT2 registers in the ADIS16133/5
v1.9.6 N/A Extended Precision Auto Null Wait time to 30 seconds on ADIS1636x/40x
NOTE: This version was not posted online but these updates are in current versions
v1.9.5 N/A Corrected scale factors and offset factors associated with xTEMP_OUT on the ADIS16445
Corrected scale factors and offset factors associated with xTEMP_OUT and xMAGN_OUT registers in the ADIS16448
NOTE: This version was not posted online but these updates are in current versions
v1.9.4 N/A Enabled support for using an external clock on the ADIS16405
NOTE: This version was not posted online but these updates are in current versions
v1.9.3 3/18/2013 Added support for the ADIS16400 and ADIS16405
v1.9.2 2/18/2013 Changed the separation “de-limit” in the data captures file from a comma to a semicolon
v1.9.0 1/16/2013 Added support for the ADIS16209 and ADIS16210
Corrected scale factors associated with the xDELTVEL_xxx registers in the ADIS16480/5
v1.8.1 12/18/2013 Corrected a data capture error, which was observed in the ADIS16448, but could have impacted other products
v1.8.0 11/8/2013 Added support for external clock use
Added support for the ADIS16266
v1.7.0 10/1/12 Added support for the ADIS16360, ADIS16362, ADIS16364, ADIS16365, and ADIS16367
Corrected a scaling issue for those who use “Turkey” as their regional setting.
NOTE: Some sensitivity was still observed; some users in Turkey may need to change regional setting to fully address.
v1.6.0 9/3/12 Added support for the ADIS16300 and ADIS16305
v1.5.0 8/22/12 Added support for the ADIS16445
v1.4.0 7/18/12 Added support for the ADIS1613, ADIS16135, ADIS16136 and ADIS16334
v1.3.0 N/A Internal updates
NOTE: This version was not posted online but these updates are in current versions
v1.2.0 5/28/2012 Added support for the ADIS16480
Added 3-D viewer for ADIS16480 demonstration
v1.1.1 5/4/2012 Updated register names for ADIS16448/ADIS16485 to match datasheet names
Data Capture: changed “Cancel” button to “Stop”
v1.1.0 4/6/2012 Added support for the ADIS16485
Improvements to Waveform Recorder appearance
v1.0.1 3/27/2012 Addressed issue to enable correct register values in the Register Access menu
v1.0.0 3/24/2012 Initial Release