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Silicon Sensing Systems

Silicon Sensing Systems is a provider tems, co-located in Plymouth, and Sum- itomo Precision Products Amagasaki, of silicon MEMS-based gyroscopes, ac- celerometers and inertial measurement Japan, bringing inertial expertise from units. The latest solutions offer robust the U.K./U.S. side, and silicon MEMS fabrication from Japan.

non-magnetic North Finding technolo-

The patented construction of its sili- gy – a cost-effective alternative to FOG- con MEMS gyros – based on a vibrat- based products – as well as systems suit- able for a wide range of navigation and ing ring – makes the Silicon Sensing

Systems gyros highly resistant to shock stabilization requirements.

With a heritage dating back more than and vibration, increasing the reliability systems. Sensitive enough to detect 100 years, Silicon Sensing Systems Ltd and quality of its inertial portfolio. An earth rotation rate, these devices enable a North-seeking capability to be offered and its predecessor companies have a in-house MEMS foundry has manu- to the market – offering performance unique record in delivering gyroscope factured all of the core gyro technol- systems to the marine industry. Based ogy since the birth of the joint venture. equivalent to ? ber-optic systems but at a greatly reduced price. Speci? c new in Plymouth in the southwest of the Among its unique fabrication equip- products now on offer include, CRS39 ment is a deep reactive-ion etching ca-

U.K., Silicon Sensing Systems produces low-cost highly reliable gyros. Having pability, developed in-house in Japan. and CRH02 gyros (with performance

Most recently, Silicon Sensing Systems better than 0.1deg/hr bias instability), gained entry into the consumer car mar- ket, the company now produces up to 4 has leveraged the inherent capability of plus DMU10, DMU11 and DMU30 in- million devices per year, and more than its MEMS devices to create a new range ertial measurement units.

Email: 30 million to date. The company is now of high performance gyros and inertial


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