August 2015 - Marine Technology Reporter

MTR100: iXBlue

Posted by Irina Tabakina

52, Avenue de l’Europe
Marly-le-roi, Yvelines, France    78100
T: +33 1 30 08 88 88   
E: [email protected]   
CEO/President: Philippe Debaillon Vesque   
No. of Employees: 500


iXBlue is a provider of solutions and services for navigation, positioning and imaging, recognized for its work on the development of ultimate performance fiber-optic gyroscopes (FOG), acoustic and sonar signal processing and inertial-acoustic sensor data fusion.
iXBlue’s offerings encompass inertial navigation systems, acoustic positioning, sonar solutions and imaging systems. Its solutions are used in challenging applications, including offshore construction and dredging, geophysics and hydrography, ocean science, maritime vessels, fishing, and naval defense.
At the heart of an iXBlue INS lies a fiber-optic gyroscope (FOG). A FOG uses optical waves propagating in a fiber optic coil to accurately measure a rotational rate. 
As a FOG is a completely passive device with no mechanical dithering, sealed cavity or high-voltage discharge, it is designed for longevity, reliability as well as very low power consumption.
iXBlue FOGs are the result of more than 30 years of research and development, and they address the most demanding navigation applications and performance requirements from 0.1°/h to 0.001°/h. iXBlue FOGs are insensitive to temperature changes and magnetic perturbations, as well as resistant to extreme shocks and vibrations.
As of the end of 2014, iXBlue has delivered more than 10,000 FOGs (commercial subsea technology: PHINS series, OCTANS series, ROVINS and naval defense: MARINS series). iXBlue has also developed its own acoustic technology, from transducers to power amplifiers, thanks to its expertise in engineering and signal processing. iXBlue delivers the full spectrum of underwater acoustic solutions in order to meet all the challenges of underwater operations: medium and long-range acoustic positioning systems (GAPS), high-resolution acoustic imagery and mapping (FLS product line), synthetic LBL positioning systems (RAMSES) and acoustic transponders (OCEANO).

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