Baolab plans to create low cost, smart, reconfigurable IMU
May 08, 2012 // Paul Buckley
Baolab Microsystems is planning to modify the structures that it designed for the company’s 3D NanoCompass to build a range of other motion sensors to create low cost, smart, reconfigurable Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs).
The NanoIMUs will use Baolab's patented, award winning NanoEMS technology to create nanoscale MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems) within the standard metal structure of a high volume manufactured CMOS wafer.
"We have designed ways to modify the structure that we developed for the 3D NanoCompass so that it can be used to create gyroscopes and accelerometers as well as magnetometers" explained Dave Doyle, Baolab's CEO. "As we have the ability to build combinations of these different types of sensors simultaneously on the same chip along with the associated electronics to provide control and intelligence, we will be able to create the product that the industry is wanting - multi-sensor IMUs that can be activated and configured dynamically as required by the application. The key is that our technology enables us to build MEMS using standard CMOS production techniques so we can make as many as we like of whatever mix of sensors that are required at the same time, integrated with the analog and digital electronics running fusion software to make them smart."
The traditional way of making MEMS sensors requires a different production process to make each type of sensor. Baolab's NanoEMS approach will enable the costs of making smart, multi-sensor IMUs to be slashed dramatically, accelerating the drive to provide ubiquitous multi-sensor awareness into almost any device for enhanced performance and features.
"We have proved that we have solved all the challenges of making MEMS within the CMOS wafer with our production of working 3D NanoCompasses," added Dave Doyle. "We will be introducing a series of nanosensor products as we work our way through the roadmap towards our goal of ultra low cost, smart, multi-sensor NanoIMUs."
Tiny spectrometer targets IoT
December 17, 2014
Startup company NanoLambda has developed a $10 spectrometer-on-a-chip that's suitable for use on a wide range of consumer ...
Feeding scrap plastic into your designs
LG adds quantum dot technology to 4K ULTRA HD TVs
Graphene wrapper boosts lithium-sulfur battery performance
Set top boxes get smarter than TVs
Evaluating Zero-Drift Amplifier Performance
December 17, 2014
Analog applications are demanding better precision and drift performance due to improvements in data converter resolution ...
From bionic contact lenses to Li-Fi communications
Europe's largest battery-storage project goes operational in the UK
Tiny, boring engineering designs can be fun
- New life for Embedded systems in the Internet of Things
- Virtualization and the Internet of Things
- RF/Microwave Instrumentation “S” Series Amplifiers
- Application Guide to RF Coaxial Connectors and Cables
InterviewCEO interview: Bosch's IoT startup is all about the system
Thorsten Mueller, CEO of Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions GmbH (Reutlingen, Germany), has been guiding the latest startup subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH since 2013 when he started the initiative ...
Filter WizardCheck out the Filter Wizard Series of articles by Filter Guru Kendall Castor-Perry which provide invaluable practical Analog Design guidelines.
Linear video channel
READER OFFERRead more
This month, Arrow Electronics is giving away ten BeMicro Max 10 FPGA evaluation boards together with an integrated USB-Blaster, each package being worth 90 Euros, for EETimes Europe's readers to win.
Designed to get you started with using an FPGA, the BeMicro Max 10 adopts Altera's non-volatile MAX 10 FPGA built on 55-nm flash process.
The MAX 10 FPGAs are claimed to revolutionize...MORE INFO AND LAST MONTH' WINNERS...
December 15, 2011 | Texas instruments | 222901974
Unique Ser/Des technology supports encrypted video and audio content with full duplex bi-directional control channel over a single wire interface.