Designers & Engineers: Compare Critical Performance Parameters for Gyros & IMUs

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This Paper Discusses:

  • How comprehensive data acquisition capability enables the rapid transmission of camera tracking data to the servomotors
  • Why high bandwidth and low noise are essential to high-definition camera stabilizing systems
  • Solving the challenges of removing angular base motion via a gyro-stabilized sensor
  • The use of open loop fiber optic sensors that use a piezo-electric modular integrated directly into the fiber optic path
  • The advantages of fiber optic gyro stabilization for high bandwidth requirements

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Download the "Guide to Comparing Gyro and IMU Technologies – Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems and Fiber Optic Gyros"

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KVH Gyros and IMUs
KVH develops and manufactures inertial sensors, such as the high-performance 1750 IMU, and gyros, such as the DSP-1760 FOG,  to offer tactical grade accuracy, and excellent durability in a compact package for a reasonable cost. Visit

Engineers designing gyro-stabilized systems for manned or unmanned applications must compare the attributes of various gyro technologies to determine which sensors offer the performance parameters they require. Depending on the specifics of the application being designed, some performance criteria are more important than others. A reliable means of comparing common critical performance parameters is a necessary tool for designers and engineers.

This paper compares gyro and inertial measurement technologies using distinct performance criteria of fiber optic gyros (FOGs) and FOG-based inertial systems, and micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS)-based gyros and MEMS inertial systems.  It focuses on five critical performance areas of industrial and tactical grade gyros, as well as current and trending applications for both FOGs and MEMS.

1. Noise or Angle Random Walk (ARW)
2. Bias Offset Error
3. Bias Instability
4. Temperature Sensitivity
5. Shock and Vibration Sensitivity