C100 Compass Engine

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The C100 is an industrial-grade compass module designed to meet rigorous engineering requirements. Available in either a stand-alone or embeddable version, it is physically compact, low in cost, and extremely flexible, making it ideal for your most demanding heading sensor needs.

The C100 is based on KVH’s proven technology, which has been fielded in more than 100,000 systems for a wide range of military and commercial applications. And with its compact design, multiple analog and digital outputs, and menu-driven software control, the C100 offers unparalleled versatility, making it easy to integrate into any system. Designed to military quality standards with industrial parts, the C100 delivers the reliable, trouble-free performance you’re looking for in a compass module!

*The C100 is controlled by the Export Administration Act of 1979, as amended (Title 50, USC App 2401 et seq.) and its implementing regulations, the Export Administration Regulations, 15 CFR 730 et seq. Diversion contrary to U.S. law is prohibited.

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DATASHEET - C100 - A4 format PDF file 471 KB / 2 pg
DATASHEET - C100 コンパスエンジン - (Japanese) PDF file 561 KB / 2 pg

Additional Documents, Forms & Pricing

Policies and AgreementsFile Info
KVH Industries, Inc. 1 Year/1 Year – LIMITED WARRANTY STATEMENT PDF file 30 KB / 1 pg



Data rates up to 10 Hz are available using the KVH C100 compass engine.


The KVH C100 compass engine offers both analog and digital outputs. In analog, linear DC voltage and sin/cos DC voltages are offered. In digital, several variations of RS-232 and NMEA 0183 are available.


The typical accuracy of the C100 compass engine after calibration is ± 0.5 degrees.

The C100 has a current drain of 25 mA.

The C100 compass engine will operate as far as 80 degrees north or south magnetic latitude. This limit is the result of the three-dimensional nature of the earth's magentic vector. Once you proceed higher than 80 degrees north or south, the vertical component of the vector starts to become greater than the horizontal and the compass will be unable to operate correctly.

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  • Automatic compensation ensures the highest degree of accuracy
  • Multiple user-selectable digital and analog outputs
  • Operates in latitudes with as much as an 80º magnetic dip
  • Compact design; variety of coil arrangements available to suit your needs
  • Embeddable version features a removable sensor element for remote mounting; housed variant is also available
  • Industrial grade, extended temperature components rated at -40°C to +65°C and built to military quality standards

Featured Options

  • C100 Compass Engine – Housed Variant
    The C100 is also available with the sensor contained within a durable aluminum housing for use in applications in which the sensor is not embedded within another product.


Software Updates

  • Visit our Software Updates page for more details about KVH's C100 Compass Engine

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