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High-performance inertial sensors and systems exhibited at ION PLANS 2023

06 April 2023

At ION PLANS in Monterey, California, from April 24th – 28th, Silicon Sensing will promote its full range of inertial sensors and systems - its class-leading DMU41 Inertial measurement unit (IMU) and its DMU11, a low cost 6-DOF IMU for high volume applications.

David Somerville, General Manager, Silicon Sensing comments: “Our engineering focus has been to extend the performance boundaries of silicon micro electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) technology whilst also minimising unit size, weight and power consumption.  With our latest products we are delivering real progress in this. In critical areas, such as bias instability and angle random walk, independent analysis clearly shows these products are achieving performance equivalent to larger, heavier and far more costly FOG-based units.”

Silicon Sensing’s robust, ultra-reliable inertial products - from tiny, low cost, navigation and pointing gyros through to full IMUs and accelerometers - are all based around the company’s unique, patented micro electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) gyro design with every sensor manufactured in their foundry in Japan. Tens of millions of sensors have been delivered to customers around the world.

Somerville continues: “Our goal is to bring precise, sustained inertial measurement to the most compact platforms; to those with the least available power; and to those that operate for prolonged periods and in the most severe environments. To that end we are working with customers across many markets including maritime, aerospace, space and defence, industrial robotics, autonomous vehicles, agriculture, and transport.”

Products on display at ION PLANS 2023 will include:

DMU41 – A 9 degrees of freedom (DoF), tactical grade IMU delivering market leading bias instability. Some 50% smaller, lighter, and with significantly lower power consumption than its predecessor, DMU41’s performance competes directly with FOG-based IMU’s.

CRH03 – A new compact and rugged stand-alone gyro with impressive performance that is extremely stable over time and temperature. It is available in both a housed and OEM configuration and also offers an excellent, cost-effective alternative to FOG-based products.   

Gemini® - A family of high-performance accelerometers delivering precise, dual axis, linear acceleration measurement in a compact, surface-mounted package.

Pinpoint® - Only the size of your smallest fingernail (approximately 5mm x 6mm) this is the most successful gyro in the Silicon Sensing product range. It is available in flat or orthogonal mounts and is in use in large numbers in an extremely wide range of applications.

CMS300 - A robust MEMS gyro and dual-axis accelerometer with class-leading bias and noise performance over temperature.  This is the ideal low power sensor for motion sensing tasksincluding navigation, levelling, robotics, measurement, and control - or for installation in IMUs, AHRS and inclinometers.

DMU11 - A proven unit, sold worldwide, the DMU11 is a low cost, rugged and lightweight 6-DOF MEMS IMU delivering premium performance for high volume applications.  It offers complete motion sensing in three-dimensional space, with performance that is calibrated over its full rated temperature range.  

Photo caption: SS family of products

Editor’s Notes:


The Position Location and Navigation Symposium (PLANS) is a biennial technical conference. This conference is jointly sponsored by the IEEE’s Aerospace and Electronics Systems Society (AESS), and the Institute of Navigation (ION), the world's premier professional organization for the advancing positioning, navigation and timing. Its mission is to provide an international forum to share the latest advances in navigation technology. This is a four-day conference with the first day hosting tutorials and three days dedicated to technical sessions.  For more information go to:

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