NXP Semiconductors HoverGames Drone System Solution

NXP HoverGames Drone System Solution is a single, modular, and flexible NXP development platform with the RDDRONE-FMUK66 flight management unit at its base. The KIT-HGDRONEK66 Drone Kit is a complete carbon fiber quadcopter drone, providing the mechanical and other components needed to evaluate the RDDRONE-FMUK66. The RDDRONE-FMUK66 flight management unit adds BLDC motor control capabilities, an automated platform, and can be mounted on the Drone Kit. The KIT-HGDRONEK66 is a DIY professional development kit, detailed assembly is required, and software is not included.

The RDDRONE-FMUK66 is an NXP flight controller using the 180MHz Kinetis K66, previously known as the NXPhlite FMU. The RDDRONE-FMUK66 is an experimental flight management unit that is compliant with Dronecode.org and PX4.io software, using PX4 extensively for research and commercial drone platforms. The RDDRONE-FMUK66 FMU contains DCD-LZ debug adapter and cable with Segger J-Link Mini EDU, RC radio adapter cable, M8N GPS module, with Buzzer alarm and Arming switch, and a power module for a 3S battery.

The HGD-TELEM915 (Americas) and HGD-TELEM433 (Europe) telemetry radio sets are needed for full functionality of the kit. Depending on location, the user needs either a 915MHz or 433MHz setting.


  • RDDRONE-FMUK66 Reference Design Board 
    • Proven business-friendly opensource software with available enterprise support: PX4, QGroundControl
    • Supports all airframes
    • Open and flexible for development
    • High-bandwidth interfaces
    • Included in complete reference drone kit KIT-HGDRONEK66
    • Operate pre-planned GPS waypoint missions
    • Use DroneCodeSDK co-operating with an NXP i.MX, S32x or other companion computer running Linux, ROS, and MAVROS
    • MAVLink telemetry to ground station
    • Supports RTK GPS
    • UAS Traffic management (UTM) services through Airmap platform SDK
  • KIT-HGDRONEK66 Drone Kit 
    • Carbon fiber mechanical frame approx. 500mm diagonal size
    • 150mm x 150mm large top and bottom plate for mounting electronics
    • Dual 10mm diameter rod x 60mm rail mounting system
    • No software is provided by NXP
    • Supports expansion using a Linux companion computer for Vision, ROS, Artificial Intelligence
    • Supports connection to Rapid IoT with add-on adapter board
  • HGD-TELEM433 and HGD-TELEM915 Peripheral
    • For drone kit communications to QGroundControl software
    • Each part number includes two radios, one for PC (USB) and one for on-drone (Serial)


  • UAV data buses and battery management
  • UAV intermediate flight controller
  • UAV vision, advanced sensing and processing board
  • Unmanned vehicles (ground, air, water)

HoverGames Challenge

NXP Semiconductors HoverGames Drone System Solution

HoverGames Kit Block Diagram

Block Diagram - NXP Semiconductors HoverGames Drone System Solution


Published: 2019-05-22 | Updated: 2023-08-17