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EMCORE IMUs & INS Receive Non-ITAR Status

Published: 05 Mar 2021 by

EMCORE SDI500 Tactical-Grade IMUEMCORE Corporation has received confirmation from the U.S. Department of State that its dual-use SDI500/SDI505 Revision F Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs) are not subject to International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). The company has also determined that its SDN500 Inertial Navigation System (INS) is likewise not subject to ITAR. This determination of Non-ITAR status is expected to dramatically increase the size of the market that EMCORE can address with its Quartz Micro-Electromechanical Systems (QMEMs) IMU and INS products.

As a result of the Commodity Jurisdiction (CJ) determination concluded by the U.S. Department of State, EMCORE’s SDI500/SDI505 products were confirmed to be subject to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) administered by the Department of Commerce (DOC). EAR classification typically results in fewer export-related restrictions and requirements. The marketability of these IMUs to international customers has thus been greatly increased.

EMCORE’s SDI500/SDI505 MEMS IMUs deliver comparable performance to older, costlier optical IMUs in a lower power, smaller, and lighter form factor. They leverage industry-leading QMEMS technology to deliver Angle Random Walk (ARW) values of 0.02°/√hr with 1°/hr bias stability. The SDI500/SDI505 IMUs are designed to achieve the demanding performance levels required in sophisticated applications such as UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) and autonomous robotics systems.

The SDN500 is EMCORE’s most advanced QMEMS tactical-grade GPS-aided INS, combining the latest generation quartz gyros and accelerometers from the SDI500/SDI505 with high-speed signal processing and a 48-channel Coarse/Acquisition code GPS receiver into a powerful, tightly coupled guidance and navigation system.

David Hoyh, EMCORE’s Director of Sales & Marketing for navigation products, commented: “We would like to thank the U.S. Department of State for its evaluation of our commodity jurisdiction request and conclusion that our dual-use SDI500/SDI505 IMUs are not subject to ITAR. The determination of EAR status under the DOC enables more customers worldwide to benefit from these important, high-precision EMCORE products.”

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