Electronics & Computers

Sparton Debuts Inertial Measurement Unit

August 1, 2013

The IMU-10 MEMS navigation system promises to deliver high resolution, even in challenging environments.

DE LEON SPRINGS, FL /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- Sparton Navigation and Exploration Corp. is introducing an enhanced MEMS-based sensing inertial measurement unit (IMU-10), at AUVSI's Unmanned Systems 2013 North America symposium, August 12–15, 2013, in Washington DC. Sparton's IMU-10 has 10 degrees of freedom and provides industry leading accuracy. The IMU-10 inertial navigation system has uncompromised resolution, especially when operating within challenging environments. The IMU-10's user-programmable NorthTek interface provides ultimate flexibility during integration and countless platform customization options.

"The IMU-10 is the perfect solution for inertial navigation applications requiring absolute accuracy and high performance," said Jim Lackemacher, Vice President and General Manager of Sparton Navigation and Exploration division. Jim also adds, "Sparton's inertial systems provide limitless customizations via the NorthTek Development System."

Features of IMU-10

  • 10 DOF high-performance inertial measurement unit
  • Enhanced MEMS sensing technology
  • High-speed synchronous sampling of all sensors
  • Sculling and coning compensation
  • High-speed data logging capability to off-board µSD card
  • Ruggedized enclosure
  • Low power consumption with power management functionality (sleep mode)
  • Powerful user programmable customizations via NorthTek interpreter
  • High-speed UART interface (user selectable up to 1 MBaud) supporting multiple communication protocols, including NMEA and binary

Sparton AUVSI 2013 Events Schedule: Live demonstrations will be held during the AUVSI symposium. Please join us and witness the best-in-class inertial system technology Tuesday, August 13, at 11:45 am; Wednesday, August 14, at 1:15 pm; and Thursday, August 15 at 11:15 am (EST). Sparton Navigation and Exploration will be featured at the "Beyond the Booth" showcase Wednesday, August 14, at 11:30 am (EST).

Throughout the AUVSI show, Sparton will host the following in-booth presentations each day along with live demonstrations.

  • "AdaptNav—Adaptive Sensor Fusion Algorithm" at 10:30 am
  • "Not your Father's Digital Compass" at 11:15 am
  • "Design Considerations" at 1:15 pm
  • "Effective Measurement of Heading and Orientation in Complex Environments" at 2:00 pm
  • "Inertial Measurement Unit - The IMU-10" at 2:45 pm
  • "Customizable Programmable Inertial Systems: NorthTek" at 3:30 pm
  • "Calibration Considerations" at 4:15 pm
  • "Calibration Considerations" at 4:15 pm

Visit the company's Web site for additional product information and to purchase the full line of Sparton Navigation and Exploration products.

About Sparton
Sparton Corp., now in its 113th year, is a provider of complex and sophisticated electromechanical devices, with capabilities that include concept development, industrial design, design and manufacturing engineering, production, distribution, field service, and refurbishment. The primary markets served are medical, military and aerospace, and industrial and instrumentation. Headquartered in Schaumburg, IL, Sparton currently has six manufacturing locations worldwide.

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