CRH02 supports Hyperloop proposal

ilicon Sensing’s CRH02 gyro is being evaluated to assist in the navigation system for a prototype Hyperloop Pod being developed by the “HyperPodX” team at the University of Oldenburg and the University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer in Germany.

SpaceX are staging an international engineering competition; “Hyperloop Pod Competition III”, in which competing teams will run their prototype levitating, human-scale, pods on a 1.2km test track in Hawthorne, California, in a race against the clock. The Hyperloop marks the 5th Generation of Transportation. It is a super-fast levitating vehicle traveling through a vacuum tube at speeds that are faster than a commercial airliner. Without air-drag, the pod avoids turbulences and adverse weather conditions, offering more comfort than a train.

The future of human transportation is fast evolving, before long we will witness the era of driverless cars, space tourism and hyperloop rapid inter-city transit. Behind the scenes Silicon Sensing is heavily involved in providing the enabling technologies to realise all of these new forms of transport. The latest high precision, solid-state MEMS inertial sensors are being extensively used to help stabilise and guide autonomous vehicles on the ground, at sea, in the air and into space.

Since its formation nearly 20 years ago Silicon Sensing has always been at the wavefront of transportation technology, from advanced braking systems in everyday cars to novel stability control in revolutionary devices like Segway. We call it #MotionEvolution.

CRS03 – A Remarkable Success Story

In an historic event for Silicon Sensing, at the end of July 2016, we finally ceased production of our long-running CRS03-xxS range of MEMS gyros. Users have not been left in the lurch however – as well as options for Last Time Buys, they have two further choices for a drop-in replacement: CRS03 lives on in its CRS03-xxT variants – offering an updated MEMS sensor and improved performance – and in the CRS43 gyro. With a different internal architecture and lower price, CRS43 offers an easy choice for fans of the CRS03 who want to avoid system re-design.

CRS03 is one of the earliest commercially-available silicon MEMS gyros to come with the reach of consumer and industrial system designers. It entered production in 2000 and, by the end, around 2.5 million parts will have been produced. It’s a testament to the design quality of the internal MEMS sensor head, known as VSG3, that the design has maintained its status as an ultra-reliable workhorse rotation rate sensor right up to the present day. CRS03 has seen use in high-volume applications as diverse as satellite antenna control, RC helicopter stabilisation, robotic cleaners, smart agriculture, marine positioning, UAVs, avionic instruments, motorsport and GPS compasses.

Silicon Sensing continues to cater for designers requiring a low-cost yet reliable gyro with market-leading performance. As well as CRS03-xxT and CRS43, our PinPoint range of chip gyros is massively popular throughout the world and is at the heart of the new CRS43 design. In addition, Silicon Sensing has continued to improve the performance of the embedded sensor head, allowing a new high-performance family of gyros and IMUs to be produced (CRH02, CRS39 and DMU30) for those seeking FOG capability at a more affordable price. The current sensor portfolio is further augmented by a range of silicon MEMS accelerometers, also produced in Silicon Sensing’s foundry in Japan.

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