• Product Description


    BMI261 is an ultra-low power IMU especially designed for the Android™ ecosystem and is therefore fully HiFi compliant. The IMU combines precise acceleration and angular rate measurement with intelligent on-chip motion-triggered interrupts. The 6-axis sensor features a 16-bit triaxial gyroscope and accelerometer in a compact 2.5 x 3.0 x 0.8 mm³ LGA package.

    BMI261 is a part of the BMI260 family and is optimized for always-on smartphone gesture and activity recognition. BMI261 is fully compliant to Android operating systems. BMI261 provides highly accurate step counting, motion detection and is pin-to-pin compatible with the BMI160. BMI261 features Bosch’s automotive-proven gyroscope technology. Significant improvements in BMI261 include extremely low zero-g offset and sensitivity error, low temperature drifts, robustness over PCB strain and a low noise density.

    On top, BMI261 features the industry’s first self-calibrating gyroscope using motionless CRT (Component Re-Trimming) functionality to compensate MEMS typical soldering drifts, ensuring post-soldering sensitivity errors down to ± 0.4%.


    - Advanced gesture / activity and context recognition

    - Optical and electronic image stabilization (OIS/EIS)

    - Simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM)

    - Location based services

    - Augmented / virtual reality (AR/VR)

    - Indoor navigation / pedestrian dead reckoning (PDR)


    Mobile Applications

    BMI261 is designed for best fit into modern Android™ smartphones and provides a primary digital interface (I2C and SPI) and a freely configurable secondary digital interface (I2C and SPI). Dual SPI configuration enables BMI261 to serve two SPI-based modules supporting stereo or 3D camera operation

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    Imaging Applications

    The new BMI260 family boasts powerful OIS and EIS features. BMI261’s low latency, minimal group delays and high-precision time stamps on µs level substantially improve photo/video quality in the context of optical and electronic image stabilisation (OIS/EIS). Using BMI261 on the mainboard in dual interface operation mode enables congruent HMI and OIS functions, such as stabilized panorama photo panning and action video tagging.

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    Other sensors in the same category



    The BMI260 family is a new generation of high-performance IMUs targeted at smartphone applications The BMI260 is the base variant, combining high-end accelerometer performance with automotive-proven gyroscope technology. Its high robustness against temperature fluctuations and PCB stress enables extremely precise acceleration sensing.


    The BMI260 family is a new generation of high-performance IMUs targeted at smartphone applications. The BMI263 is Bosch Sensortec’s first product to be fully compliant with the latest MIPI I3CSM standard and supports both asynchronous and synchronous timing control.


    The BMI270 is an ultra-low power IMU optimized for wearable and hearable applications. The IMU combines precise acceleration and angular rate measurement with intelligent on-chip motion-triggered interrupt features. The BMI270 includes intuitive activity, context and gesture recognition.

  • Technical data
    Parameter Technical data
    Digital resolution Accelerometer (A): 16-bit or 0.06 mg/LSB
    Gyroscope (G): 16-bit or 0.004 dps/LSB
    Programmable measurement range & sensitivity (A): ±2 g: 16384 LSB/g
    (A): ±16 g: 2048 LSB/g

    (G): ±125 dps: 262.1 LSB/dps
    (G): ±2000 dps: 16.4 LSB/dps
    Zero-g/Zero-rate offset (A): ±20 mg
    (G): ±0.5 dps
    Sensitivity Error (A): ± 0.4%
    (G): ± 0.4% (with CRT)
    Temperature range -40 … +85 °C
    Temperature behaviour
    (TCO; TCS)
    (A): ±0.25 mg/K; ±0.004 %/K
    (G): ±0.02 dps/K; ±0.02 %/K
    Noise density (A): 160 µg/√Hz
    (G): 0.008 dps/√Hz
    Offset vs PCB strain (A): ±0.01 mg/µε
    (G): ±1.5 mdps/µε
    Filter BW (programmable) (A): 5 Hz … 684 Hz
    (G): 11 Hz … 751 Hz
    Output Data Rate (ODR) (A): 12.5 Hz … 1.6 kHz
    (G): 25 Hz … 6.4 kHz
    Digital inputs/outputs 2x SPI; 2x I2C; AUX I/F; OIS I/F
    2x digital interrupts
    Supply voltage 1.7 … 3.6 VDD
    1.2 … 3.6 VDDIO
    Current consumption 685 µA at full ODR (aliasing-free)
    Package size 2.5 x 3.0 x 0.8 mm³
    14 pin LGA
  • Downloads
    Type of document Download
    Flyer BST-BMI261-FL000
    Handling, soldering & mounting instructions BST-MIS-HS001
    Shipment & packaging details BST-MIS-SP000