DARPA eyes next-gen MEMS gyroscope technology

  • Northrop Grumman and the Georgia Institute of Technology have been tapped to develop a next-gen Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) gyroscope for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

    According to Northrop exec Charles Volk, the advanced MEMS tech will be used as the basis for a micro resonator gyro capable of achieving navigation grade performance.

    "Utilizing a new MEMS fabrication process, [we] will produce a proof-of-concept micro gyro that can perform as well as current silicon MEMS devices in a smaller size, lighter weight and lower power package," said Volk.

    "This will enable us to move navigation technology forward by creating miniature gyros which can be utilized on a variety of applications, from unmanned vehicles to hand-held devices."

    It should be noted that Apple's wildly popular iPad 2 features a three-axis MEMS gyroscope.  



    Fortunately, the next-gen MEMS gyroscope technology will likely trickle down to consumer devices at some point in the future - which will allow manufacturers to design tablets, smartphones and handheld consoles with more precise "tracking" capabilities for gamers.

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