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The DVL-A50 is – by far – the world’s smallest commercially available Doppler Velocity Log.

The A50 is establishing a new market standard with its high performance, ultra-small 4 beam setup, open interface protocol and low cost.

The DVL estimates velocity relative to the sea bottom by sending acoustic waves from the four angled transducers and then measure the frequency shift (doppler effect) from the received echo. By combining the measurements of all four transducers and the time between each acoustic pulse, it is possible to very accurately estimate the speed and direction of movement.

Key specifications

  • 0.05 - 50 meter range
  • 1 MHz transducer frequency
  • 4-26 Hz ping rate (altitude dependent)
  • 2 m/s max velocity
  • ± 0.1 cm/s long term accuracy
  • 300 meter depth rating
  • 10-30 V input voltage (reversed-polarity protection)
  • Ethernet and UART


The DVL-A50 uses a constant speed of sound equal to 1500 m/s (Release 1.3.1). This is configurable for the Performace edition.


Keep the DVL-A50 in a bucket of water to ensure sufficient cooling when doing development with the DVL.

LED Signals

  • No green light: Power is off.

  • Flashing green light (slow): DVL loocking for bottom lock.

  • Fixed green light: DVL has bottom lock. The LED is mostly on and blinks quickly to show we are alive.

Wiring interface

The tables below shows the pinning of the DVL-A50 interface.

Interface Color
Positive (10-30V) Red
Negative/Ground Black
ETH TX+ Orange/White
ETH TX- Orange
ETH RX+ Green/White
ETH RX- Green
UART TX Brown/White

Terminal Interface

The DVL-A50 has a 3.3 volt UART interface (5V tolerant).

Settings Value
Baud rate 115200
Data parity stop 8N1
Flow control None

Description of the serial protocol.

Ethernet Interface

Description of the ethernet services.



Mounting Holes


Other details

See details for description of axis conventions, transducer numbering and other details.