VectorNav Introduces GPS-Aided Inertial Navigation System on Stamp-Sized Chip

VectorNav Technologies has released VN-200, a GPS-Aided Inertial Navigation System (GPS/INS) on a chip. Claimed to be the first such system on a stamp-sized chip, it consists of an advanced GPS module featuring sophisticated MEMS inertial and pressure sensor technology.

VN-200 GPS-Aided Inertial Navigation System. (PRNewsFoto/VectorNav Technologies)

The VN-200 provides velocity, attitude and coupled position for various types of dynamic and static operating conditions. The chip’s microprocessor runs a Kalman filter algorithm at a rate of 200 Hz and provides accuracies exceeding 0.75 degrees in heading and 0.25 degrees in pitch and roll.

The cost, size, power and weight of GPS/INS systems have been a constraint in their widespread utilization. MEMS sensor technology has enabled the creation of embeddable, compact and smaller inertial navigation systems. The VectorNav VN-200 is a fully embeddable GPS/INS system that features the lowest size, weight, and power among similar systems.

The VN-200 GPS/INS can be used for various applications including, flight control and simulation, UAV navigation and control, robotics, targeting, positioning and stabilization of platforms and cameras, pointing and attitude reference, augmented reality applications and maritime and military applications.

VectorNav provides embedded navigation solutions including calibrated inertial navigation sensors featuring sophisticated digital filtering technology. It utilizes miniature solid-state MEMS inertial sensor technology to manufacture orientation and navigation sensors.

The company will be showcasing the VN-200 chip at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International North America conference in August 2012 in Las Vegas.

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