3-Axis Optical Gyroscope IMU Released for GPS-Denied Environments

ANELLO Photonics has introduced the ANELLO X3 a SWaP optimized IMU designed to provide autonomous systems with resilient PNT capabilities when operating in GPS-denied or contested environments By Sarah Simpson / 15 Apr 2024
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ANELLO Photonics, the creator of the SiPhOG™, has launched the ANELLO X3, a 3-Axis optical gyroscope IMU (inertial measurement unit) designed to redefine navigation and positioning in GPS-denied and contested environments.

ANELLO Launches 3-Axis Optical Gyroscope IMU

According to ANELLO, in an era where the demand for precise and reliable navigation in challenging conditions is ever-growing, and with size, weight and power (SWaP) being key critical metrics, the ANELLO X3 emerges as a game-changer for the industry.

Leveraging the cutting-edge ANELLO SiPhOG (Silicon Photonics Optical Gyroscope) technology, the ANELLO X3 is described by the company as the world’s smallest, lightest, lowest power, state-of-the-art tri-axial optical gyroscope providing high accuracy, performance and reliability for today’s autonomous applications.

As an IMU the ANELLO X3 is an indispensable solution for autonomous commercial and defense applications involving robots, drones, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft and also various maritime and land vehicle applications including high-accuracy surveying and mapping.

Key Features of the ANELLO X3 IMU:

  • 3-Axis ANELLO Silicon Photonics Optical Gyroscope – SiPhOG™
  • < 0.5°/hr Gyro Bias Instability
  • < 0.05°/√hr Angular Random Walk
  • < 20μg Accel Bias Instability
  • < 5.0W Power Consumption
  • < 8 in3 Size
  • < 0.5 lbs Weight
  • RS-422 or UART interfaces

The ANELLO X3 represents a significant leap forward in navigation technology. Its unparalleled precision and tri-axial capabilities make it the ideal solution for applications where size, weight, power, reliability and precise navigation is critical,” said Dr. Mario Paniccia, CEO of ANELLO Photonics.

“We are confident that the ANELLO X3 will set a new standard for performance for autonomous solutions and systems operating in GPS-denied or contested environments.

Russell Ellwanger Tower Semiconductor CEO added, “We have been engaged with ANELLO since their inception and have been greatly inspired through partnering to create world best figures of merit. I am very excited to see them launching the ANELLO X3 to the world at CES. Silicon Photonics remains of strategic importance to Tower within which the SiPhOG is a cutting-edge technology with vast potential for both commercial and defense applications. We look forward to continuing this great partnership with Dr. Paniccia and the ANELLO team and contributing to the high-value offering they have developed.

The ANELLO X3 substantively improves the Joint Force’s survivability and lethality with resilient Precision, Navigation and Timing capabilities. Available now for field and weapon system integration, the ANELLO X3 provides our forces winning edge in contested combat environments with either no GPS or where GPS signals are jammed or spoofed,” said Hugh Wyman Howard III, Retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral and former Commander, Naval Special Warfare.

“I look forward to seeing the immediate impact of this innovative technology with hypersonic systems and in autonomous multi-domain unmanned systems in the air, land and sea.”

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