Emcore Corporation based in Alhambra, California USA, announced that it has entered into an agreement with a major U.S. defense contractor to design an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) for navigation and airborne line-of-sight stabilization applications. Under the terms of the contract, Emcore agreed to deliver flight demonstration hardware by the end of 2018 for flight testing early next year. Emcore expects this agreement will be a precursor to a production contract estimated at several hundred units per year beginning in 2020.
“We are extremely pleased to be selected for this program to develop a high-performance IMU for a next-generation targeting pod on fighter aircraft,” said David Faulkner, Emcore’s vice president and general manager of Aerospace & Defense. “Emcore demonstrated the versatility to configure its IMU technology to be distributed within the customer’s tight volume and space constraints, which was integral to being selected for this program,” added Mr. Faulkner.
Company IMU Technology Leverages Integrated Optics and Field Programmable Gate Array Electronics
The company plans to design this novel device to provide the highest level of performance in the company’s tactical IMU product line. Emcore’s IMU technology utilizes next-generation integrated optics coupled with the company’s all new Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) electronics. The IMU boasts higher accuracy, greater efficiency, lower noise, higher linearity, and improved drift stability compared to competing technologies. According to Emcore, the device leverages the company’s Mixed-SignalOptics that combine analog and digital circuits on multiple chips, or even a single chip.
“This agreement with one of our most important customers is another key design win for our Navigation business,” commented Jeffrey Rittichier, Emcore’s president and CEO.
Emcore intends to showcase its latest products of its navigation and fiber optic gyro product lines at the Space Tech Expo, May 22-24 at the Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, California, booth #8008.