Reference Designs

Bosch Sensortec is partnering with established and emerging software and system companies around the world. Highlighting some of those projects here on this page below. For a full list of Bosch Sensortec partners, please go here.



The Arduino 9 Axes Motion Shield is based on the Bosch Sensortec BNO055 absolute orientation sensor.

The partnership between Arduino and Bosch Sensortec was born with the design of the 9 Axes Motion Arduino Shield. The strong cooperation established gave rise to a new product called Arduino that allows our users to have a platform ready for using Bosch sensor in the IoT world for developing new applications. This promotion will generate new business opportunities for both companies.

Arduino is an open-source tool used for building electronics projects. It consists of a physical programmable circuit board (often referred to as a micro-controller) and a development environment, or IDE (Integrated Development Environment) that runs on your computer, which is used to write and upload computer code to the board.



The BNO055 Xplained Pro Extension utilizes the Bosch BNO055 Intelligent 9-axis absolute orientation sensor and a RGB LED. It connects to the extension headers of any Xplained Pro board.

"As a leading provider of secure, smart and connected solutions, we are committed to providing the essential tools and platforms to bring more IoT and wearable designs to market", said Steve Pancoast, Vice President of Development Tools and Software, Atmel Corporation. "The new extension board enhances our Xplained platform and allows designers to bring a truly captivating experience to next-generation wearables and IoT applications. We are excited to team with Bosch on this new extension board".

Atmel Corporation is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of microcontrollers, capacitive touch solutions, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and radio frequency (RF) components.


Dialog Semiconductors

„The SmartBond™ IoT Sensor Development Kit makes developing motion and environmental sensing applications easy. Merging cutting-edge Bluetooth® Smart hardware, sensors and sensor fusion software, it enables the world’s lowest power 12 Degrees-of-Freedom (DoF) wireless sensor module. Highly integrated, it cuts system size and cost and includes all essential hardware and software to speed creation of advanced IoT devices.

This complete development platform developed by Dialog on the basis of Bosch Sensortec sensors, combines Bluetooth wireless communications and an ARM Cortex-M0 processor with an accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer and environmental sensors. All this on a board measuring just 16 x 15 mm.

It also includes SmartFusion™, Dialog’s unique smart sensor fusion software library for data acquisition, sensor calibration and fusion. Ideal for resource-constrained systems, it minimizes memory, processing requirements and power consumption.”


Golden Technology Corporation (GTC)

The GB0 680 sensor module integrates the Bosch BME 680 air quality senor. The GB0 680 module requires an external host processor to work with BSEC (Bosch Software Environmental Cluster) software to obtain the air quality index as well as temperature, pressure and humidity. Sensing data from the GB0 680 transmits to the host device at the fixed output data rate over the I2C bus. By processing a forty-eight hours stabilization test before shipment, the GB0 680 can significantly shorten the production time of customer products.


- On board Bosch BME680 environmental sensor

- Operating range: -40~+85°C temp., 0~100% r.H., 300~1100 hPa

- Digital interface: I2C

- Voltage input: 3.3V DC operation voltage

- Low power mode and ultra-low power mode

- Compact PCB size: 20x18x3.9mm


Golden Technology Corporation (GTC)

Incorporating the Bosch BME680 sensor and the Renesas R5F1007EANA#U0 MCU, the low power air quality sensor module GBR 680 is able to measure air quality index as well as temperature, pressure and humidity based on the principles established by the Bosch. Sensing data can be transmitted to the host device at the designer-defined output data rate via the UART bus or the I2C bus. By processing a forty-eight hours stabilization test prior to shipment; the GBR 680 can significantly reduce the production time of customer products.


- On board Bosch BME680 environmental sensor and Renesas industrial grade, RL78/G13 series MCU, the R5F1007EANA#U0

- Operating range : -40~+85 °C temp., 0~100% r.H., 30,000~110,000 Pa (Pascal)

- Digital interface: one UART bus and two I2C bus

- Voltage input: 3.3V DC operation voltage

- Low power mode and ultra-low power mode

- Compact PCB size: 20x18x3.9mm

read more about GTC



Bosch Sensortec and Hillcrest Labs have introduced a new sensor solution for head-mounted displays (HMDs). The new BNO070 solution includes Hillcrest’s SH-1 software, optimized for HMD applications, running on Bosch Sensortec’s 9-axis system in package (SiP), which features an accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer and a 32-bit microcontroller in a single package.

“Applications enabled by sensors will become essential to a wide variety of consumer and industrial products”, agrees Dan Simpkins, CEO of Hillcrest Labs. “This collaboration with Bosch Sensortec enables us to offer complete, scalable and high performance solutions to emerging markets such as HMDs and the next generation of wearable devices”.

Hillcrest Labs is the leading global supplier of software and hardware for sensor-enabled products. Our Freespace® technology transforms sensor data into high quality, contextual information.



MetaMotion C is a motion, health, fitness, and gaming sensor solution offered by MbientLab. Stream or Log (record) raw sensor data at up to 400Hz. Access the data as a CSV file on your phone, hub, tablet, computer, server, or the cloud. The MetaMotion C board comes with Bluetooth Low Energy, an ARM M4 MCU, a button, an LED, GPIOs and the following sensors:

- Bosch Sensortec's BMI160 Accelerometer + Gyroscope

- Bosch Sensortec's BMP280 Pressure (Barometer) + Temperature

- Bosch Sensortec's BMM150 Magnetometer

- LTR-329ALS Ambient Light

- 9-axis of Sensor Fusion Absolute Orientation

- 8MB FLASH memory

- Includes a Coin cell battery

read more about MetaMotion C Board



Environment click measures temperature, relative humidity, pressure and indoor air quality. The click carries the BME680 environmental sensor from Bosch. Environment click is designed to run on a 3.3V power supply. It communicates with the target microcontroller over SPI or I2C interface.

You can use it to measure your indoor air quality, to control HVAC systems, in a weather station, sports applications and more.

MikroElektronika is a producer and retailer of hardware and software tools for developing embedded systems. Our flagship hardware product line is click boards™, a range of more than 300 add-on boards for interfacing microcontrollers with peripheral sensors or transceivers. These boards conform to mikroBUS™ – a standard conceived by MikroElektronika.



The LPC54102 Sensor Processing/Motion Solution has been developed by NXP and its partners to provide all that you need to develop an always-on sensor processing product. The Solution combines an LPCXpresso54102 board and a Sensor Shield Board (SSB), plus application software and sensor fusion software from Bosch Sensortec to provide a highly capable platform for always-on sensor processing. The Sensor Shield Board contains the following Bosch Sensortec sensors: BMI055 inertial measurement unit BMC150 digital compass, BMM150 magnetometer and BMP280 pressure/temperature sensor.

NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) enables secure connections and infrastructure for a smarter world, advancing solutions that make lives easier, better and safer. As the world leader in secure connectivity solutions for embedded applications, NXP is driving innovation in the secure connected vehicle, end-to-end security & privacy and smart connected solutions markets.



The EOS™ S3 Sensor Processing SoC Reference Design from QuickLogic includes the EOS S3 sensor processing SoC, the Bosch BMI160, an integrated microphone and variety of other sensors. The reference design enables OEMs to efficiently develop high-performance smartphone, wearable and IoT systems using the Bosch BMI160 motion sensors. Data from these and other sensors is fused and processed by the EOS S3 sensor processing SoC. The platform connects directly to the Google Nexus 5 smartphone through an integrated micro-USB connection port. The system is also supported by QuickLogic’s Celeris Integrated Development Environment (IDE) Tool Suite and Eclipse plug-in software development environment with ARM® M4F support, as well as IAR Embedded Workbench.

“The EOS S3 SoC is the lowest power programmable sensor processing reference design available, and when paired with high-accuracy Bosch sensors, delivers substantially lower power consumption for mobile and IoT designs,” said Brian Faith, VP of Worldwide Marketing at QuickLogic.


Seeed - Grove

The Grove – 6-Axis Accelerometer & Gyroscope (BMI088) is a 6 DOF high performance Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) that is based on Bosch Sensortec’s BMI088, which is a combination of a 16-bit triaxial gyroscope and a 16-bit triaxial accelerometer. The Grove interface allows you plug-and-play with a development board like Arduino, so that you can build prototypes easily and quickly. For more information about Grove, please visit the Grove Landing Page .

Seeed is an IoT hardware enabler providing services that empowers makers to realize their projects and products. By partnering with technology providers from hardware to the cloud, Seeed offers a wide array of hardware platforms and sensor modules ready to be integrated with existing IoT platforms. With Shenzhen’s extensive and flexible supply chain, Seeed also offers customization and agile manufacturing services, ranging from a single unit to over 10,000 units. Seeed serves the global market from its headquarter in Shenzhen, China, with branch offices in the US and Japan.


Sierra Wireless

Project mangOHTM, initiated by Sierra Wireless, is a new category of Open Hardware platforms for the Internet-of-Things (IoT). The mangOH Red platform includes two Bosch Sensortec sensors. The BMP280 barometric pressure sensor and the BMI160 16-bit inertial sensor (accelerometer, gyro).

The strong interworking of the Bosch sensor technology with the Cellular, Bluetooth & WiFi creates multiple new application opportunities in the Industrial IoT space. Designed specifically for cellular-enabled Industrial IoT applications, mangOHTM Red reference designs provide a sensor-to-cloud platform for rapidly prototyping ideas and getting them to production quickly. This new category of open hardware makes it easy to develop industrial-grade products with vetted components, open source software, and a business-friendly open license enabling users to modify and reproduce the design.


Spresense - made for IoT development

Spresense is a compact development board based on Sony’s power-efficient multicore microcontroller CXD5602. It allows developers to create IoT applications in a very short time and is supported by the Arduino IDE as well as the more advanced NuttX based SDK. The development board uses Bosch Sensortec’s 6-axis IMU BMI160 and barometric pressure sensor BMP280 as reference design. Spresense further features:

  • Integrated GPS - The embedded GNSS with support for GPS and GLONASS enables applications where tracking is required.
  • Hi-resolution audio output and multi microphone inputs - Advanced 192 kHz/24 bit audio codec and amplifier for audio output, and support for up to 8 microphone input channels.
  • Multicore microcontroller - Spresense is powered by Sony's CXD5602 microcontroller (ARM® Cortex®-M4F × 6 cores), with a clock speed of 156 MHz.