This tutorial will show you what to expect on receiving Ellipse Series products from SBG systems, where to find available software and manuals, and how to perform the initial connection.

Downloading the Software Development Kit

Please download the latest Inertial SDK, it offers a set of applications and libraries that will speed up your development. The Inertial SDK contains the sbgCenter software, it is used to configure and monitor in real time your product.

A Unix SDK is available containing software development libraries and documentation.

Install the Inertial SDK (Windows)

To install the Intertial SDK, execute the downloaded file and a wizard will guide you through steps.

The Wizard informs you when the installation is completed, and gives you the choice to launch directly the sbgCenter software.

Documentation and Resources

This center provides access to all the documentation you might need during your product evaluation and integration:

You can find the documentation and resources for Ellipse such as hardware manual, mechanical drawings in the Documentations & resources section.

On this link you will find the Operating Handbooks and external aiding integration guides.

You can also find the Firmware manual and sbgECom, as well as all Firmware releases and change notes.

Hardware Connection.

The picture below shows how to connect the accessories to the sensor.

This USB cable (USB to serial adapter) provides 5 volts power and is connected to the serial Port A. It is used for the initial set-up and configuration. For GNSS aiding you also need to connect the antenna(s).

sbgCenter software

There are comprehensive guides that you can find about using sbgCenter in the Documentations & resources space. The most useful document for starters is the Configuration using sbgCenter manual that will guide you through detailed steps to configure an Ellipse using this tool.

Opening sbgCenter

Double-click the sbgCenter icon on your desktop 

Click on the icon . A window will appear to list the attached devices.

Click on the Refresh button.

If this is the first time that you connect an Ellipse to your computer, the window below will appear, asking you to change the FTDI USB serial converter configuration. Click “Yes Please” to ensure proper operation and then click "Refresh" again to update the device list.

Your Ellipse should be listed now on the available devices. Click the “Connect” button to start using the sensor.

Configuration Page

You can now navigate through each setting page by using the tabs on the left. In order to configure, click on the toolbox on top of the interface to open the configuration window.

A default factory setup is configured, we advise you follow the menu from top to bottom to configure your device for your application (visit the Operating Handbooks section to find recommended configuration).


The sbgCenter provides a wide range of displays to visualize your sensor data such as 3D Cube or Cockpit view for orientation display, 2D Map, Time series graphs, GNSS data, Device status, UTC Time & data, and more.