Thales Announces Its InterSense® NavChip™ Series 3 Precision 6-Axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU)n

New High-Precision Addition to the NavChip Family Provides the User with Expanded Options to Maximize the Selection of the Best Performance Solution for the Application at the Best Possible Price.

Thales announces the availability of its NavChip Series 3, the latest in its family of high precision Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs). The Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)-based high-precision NavChip Series 3 with its advanced proprietary signal processing techniques leverages Thales’ over 20-year legacy in the aerospace navigation systems business, providing high performance IMUs to demanding applications. The NavChip Series 3 provides users with the ability to choose the optimum performance to price in the market of 6-axis IMU’s from both its NavChip and now its NavChip Series 3 with varying performance levels and corresponding price points.  The NavChip Series 3 enhanced level of performance, miniaturization, and environmental ruggedness further extends Thales product offering of IMUs, ideally suited for applications including drone navigation, robotic control, camera/antenna platform stabilization, augmented/virtual reality, aiming and alignment, and GPS/INS Integration.

The rationale behind the development of the NavChip Series 3 was to increase the performance accuracy of a key parameter….bias in-run stability to 3º/hr (typical), 5º/hr (max.); and thus make it more competitive for a broader range of applications over the +/- 16 g operating range (other ranges available upon request).  The previously introduced NavChip had a bias in-run stability of 5º/hr (typical), 10º/hr (max.).  The enhancement in performance is part of the strategy to expand the number of products in the IMU product line and provide the user with options to pick the performance to best suit the application while minimizing the cost of the solution. Other significant enhancements include a 1,000 Hz update rate, embedded AHRS which reduces system complexity, cost and power consumption, and its ability to accept other external inputs such as a magnetometer to enhance the overall systems’ performance while maintaining cost and easing the system’s design complexity.

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