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High-Speed Processing Enhances MEMS IMUs

Published: 08 May 2020 by

Gladiator Technologies SX Series inertial sensors

Gladiator Technologies has introduced VELOX Processing technology for its MEMS IMUs (inertial measurement systems), which uses advanced rapid sampling and signal processing techniques to output data at up to 10 kHz with extremely low message timing. The new technology is ideal for designers of systems such as UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) and robotic platforms requiring high inertial sensing performance with minimal phase lag.

VELOX-enabled IMUs allow system designers to replace legacy analog inertial systems and rate sensors with state-of-the-art, high-speed digital inertial systems and sensors. All of Gladiator Technologies’ SX Series of digital IMUs, gyroscopes and INS/GPS products now incorporate VELOX Processing technology, with a variety of available high-speed outputs depending on model. High output speeds require external sync inputs for system coordination, and so the SX Series units include dedicated external sync connector pins as well as product firmware allowing user-selectable output speed and baud rate best suited to the application.

Other advanced capabilities of the new VELOX Processing technology include:

  • Message timing as low as 185µsec
  • Up to 6 Mbaud
  • Up to 350 Hz bandwidth

Eric Yates, Business Development Manager at Gladiator Technologies, commented: “VELOX Processing encompasses our unique high speed, low latency technology and creates technical advantages for system designers, especially those focused on stabilization.”

Lee Dunbar, Gladiator Technologies’ Chief Software Architect, stated: “Customer interest in high speed output and near analog response encouraged us to consider non-traditional processing methods. The result of this effort is VELOX Processing for applications requiring real-time, high resolution inertial data.”

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