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Silicon Sensing Focuses on Technology for Next-Gen Unmanned Platforms

The company believes its compact, high-integrity inertial sensors and systems can help to extend unmanned performance and endurance By Caroline Rees / 05 May 2023
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Silicon Sensing will be focusing on the performance requirements of the next generation of smaller, long-endurance unmanned air, land and sea platforms at this year’s AUVSI XPONENTIAL, taking place 8-11 May at the Colorado Convention Center, Denver.

David Somerville, General Manager at Silicon Sensing, said: “The drivers across the unmanned sector, whatever the environment, are to reduce platform size whilst increasing operational flexibility and time-on-station. If platform manufacturers are to achieve these goals the challenge for suppliers such as Silicon Sensing is to deliver systems and sensors that are smaller and lighter, offer ever more precise performance but require little power.”

In critical areas, such as bias instability and angle random walk, Silicon Sensing’s latest inertial products are already delivering inertial performance equivalent to larger, heavier, and costly FOG-based units – with the next generation of inertial technology well along the development cycle. The new wave of inertial products aims to offer performance that will significantly exceed what has been accepted as possible from Micro-Electro-Mechanical (MEMS)-based systems, for even less in terms of unit size, weight and power consumption. 

Somerville continues: “At Xponential we are extremely interested to talk with platform manufacturers and operators across many sectors, including maritime, aerospace, space and defense, industrial robotics, agriculture, and transport. As well as discussing how we can support current requirements, our goal is to explore future needs and directions, examining where our next generation of devices could take the autonomous platforms of the future.”

Products on display at XPONENTIAL 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 IMUs.
  • CRH03 – A new compact and rugged stand-alone gyro with performance that is extremely stable over time and temperature. It is available in both a housed and OEM configuration and offers an 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 – At only 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 low power sensor is designed for motion sensing tasks, including navigation, levelling, robotics, measurement, and control – or for installation in IMUs, AHRS and inclinometers. 
  • DMU11 – 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. 

Silicon Sensing will be attending XPONENTIAL 2023. Visit the company at booth 2420 to learn more about its technology. 

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Posted by Caroline Rees Caroline co-founded Unmanned Systems Technology and has been at the forefront of the business ever since. With a Masters Degree in marketing Caroline has her finger on the pulse of all things unmanned and is committed to showcasing the very latest in unmanned technical innovation. Connect & Contact