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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), or drones, come in a variety of sizes according to the tasks they’re designed for ranging from mini-drones that fit in the palm of your hand to professional and commercial versions capable of carrying substantial payloads or taking still pictures or videos for entertainment or surveillance purposes.

The biggest challenge in industrial drone design is to meet flying time and payload targets. This requires a balanced mechanical and electronic design with the best trade-off in regards to the number of propellers, battery capacity and weight as well as sensing and connectivity capabilities.

This is where the on-board electronics – typically split into a Flight Control Unit (FCU), Electronic Speed Controllers (ESC) driving the propellers and the on-board camera and gimbal control – can make the difference.

We offer motor control solutions for ESC and gimbal control as well as high-performance FCU designs. In addition to power MOSFETs, monolithic motor drivers and high-performance STM32 microcontrollers, our portfolio includes a full range of motion, environmental and ranging sensors and connectivity solutions as well as ready-to-use reference designs for developing industrial drones with the best possible flight performance for the targeted application.

industrial drone block diagram

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      STSW-FCU001

      Active

      Reference design firmware for mini drones

      Evaluation Tool Software ST
      STSW-FCU001

      Description:

      Reference design firmware for mini drones
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      C-Driver-MEMS

      Active

      Standard C platform-independent drivers for MEMS motion and environmental sensors

      Drivers for MEMS ST

      LinuxDriverIIO

      Active

      Linux device drivers for MEMS motion and environmental sensors (Industrial I/O framework)

      Drivers for MEMS ST

      LinuxDriverInput

      Active

      Linux device drivers for MEMS motion and environmental sensors (Input framework)

      Drivers for MEMS ST
      C-Driver-MEMS

      Description:

      Standard C platform-independent drivers for MEMS motion and environmental sensors
      LinuxDriverIIO

      Description:

      Linux device drivers for MEMS motion and environmental sensors (Industrial I/O framework)
      LinuxDriverInput

      Description:

      Linux device drivers for MEMS motion and environmental sensors (Input framework)
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      Status
      Description
      Type
      Supplier

      STSW-ESC001V1

      Active

      Sensorless FOC reference design firmware for STEVAL-ESC001V1

      Motor Control IC Software ST
      STSW-ESC001V1

      Description:

      Sensorless FOC reference design firmware for STEVAL-ESC001V1
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      Description
      Type
      Supplier

      ST_BLE_DRONE

      Active

      Drone remote controller app for Android

      Wireless Connectivity Software ST
      ST_BLE_DRONE

      Description:

      Drone remote controller app for Android

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