iXblue press release
iXblue teams are excited to announce the launch of the UmiX Series. This state-of-the-art range of inertial measurement units (IMU) is based on Fiber-Optic Gyroscope (FOG) technology.
It is a true game-changer as UmiX Series brings the high performance and reliability associated with iXblue’s renowned FOG technology to a miniaturized, ITAR-free device. It is the most compact high performance inertial measurement unit in the world.
Intensive developments, and iXblue teams’ decades long experience with FOG technology led to the breakthrough that is UmiX. By integrating the performance of a fully fledged FOG based system onto a compact, ready to use OEM IMU, UmiX Series reaches unprecedented level of performance for its size.
UmiX Series’ performance allows it to be used for a wide range of demanding applications, including navigation, high-end stabilization and pointing within airborne and land sensor payloads or weapons, for georeferencing and targeting purposes. In addition, thanks to its compact size, iXblue’s latest IMU can easily be mounted on all types of platforms.
UmiX Series has an in-run bias of 0.03°/h and a bias residual of 0.2°/h (1σ), making it fit in both tactical and short-term navigation classes of IMUs. UmiX also comes equipped with iXblue’s iXal-S vibrating quartz accelerometers, which have a dynamic range of ~100g max, with navigation grade bias and scale factor, mostly unrivaled in such class of IMU. This high degree of performance fits in a Ø88.9 × H75 mm hermetically sealed enclosure with a low nominal power consumption of 4W, 7W at peak. The solid-state nature of FOG sensors makes UmiX Series a robust and reliable IMU with a Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) of 120,000 hours.
The first model in the UmiX Series: UmiX U5 is a dual use system released this week at DSEI while UmiX U9, a military-grade version of the IMU, qualified to MIL environments will be available in 2022.