NovAtel adds 2 IMU units to SPAN portfolio

September 23, 2016  - By

NovAtel debuted two new inertial measurement unit (IMU) products within its SPAN technology portfolio at ION GNSS+ 2016, which was held Sep. 12-16 in Portland, Oregon.

SPAN couples NovAtel’s GNSS precise positioning technology with robust inertial navigation systems (INS) to provide continuous 3D position, velocity and attitude solutions, the company says in a news release.



The compact IMU-µIMU-IC is a high performing, fully commercial MEMS IMU. Small in size, it is suitable for aerial and hydrographic survey and space constrained industrial applications. The µIMU is available as a complete assembly in an environmentally sealed enclosure or as a standalone OEM product, both compatible with the company’s OEM6 and OEM7 SPAN receivers.

NovAtel also developed an enclosure for its Honeywell HG1900 IMU, which was previously available only as an OEM product. The IMU-HG1900 IMU offers a hybrid package of Honeywell’s micro electromechanical systems (MEMS) gyros and RBA accelerometers. The enclosure provides system integrators with design versatility, offering LED indicators and simplified cabling that can be extended in length as required. Both cabling and connectors are available off-the-shelf, NovAtel says.

“These two IMUs are part of our new IMU enclosure family, which now provides four sizes of enclosures – from the small Litef- µIMU to our high performance IMU-ISA-100C,” says Neil Gerein, portfolio manager for NovAtel. “We’ve worked hard to bring our customers the very latest in IMU technology and to expand IMU choices to ensure the optimal positioning performance for their application.”

Shipments of the new IMU enclosures will be available in Q4 of 2016, according to NovAtel.

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