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High performance GPS navigation with MLX90609 gyroscope

High performance GPS navigation with MLX90609 gyroscope

18 June 2006

Melexis enters the market for accurate GPS (Global Position System) position sensing with its angular rate sensor (gyroscope). The MLX90609-N2 will enhance the accuracy of GPS instruments in situations where satellite reception is lost, for example in tunnels, between tall buildings and mountainous terrain. The Melexis MLX90609-N2 gyroscope, based upon a thick SOI (Silicon on Insulator) high performance MEMS (Micro-Electronic Mechanical Systems) technology, enables the realization of very compact, high accuracy and cost-effective GPS systems with dead reckoning capabilities.

As a direct result of exceptionally low zero rate output drift, high resolution (better than 0.1 degrees/sec) and high dynamic range, accurate positioning can be guaranteed even when satellite reception is lost over long distances.

The MLX90609-N2 offers both an analog (0-5V) and digital (SPI) output. The digital (SPI) output simplifies the interface to the microcontroller eliminating the need for an additional ADC. The EEPROM allows programming of date code, serial number, and calibration parameters. The factory set full scale ranges available are: ±75 °/s, ±150 °/s or ±300 °/s. Programmable calibration parameters allow the temperature compensation of the bias and gain.

The mechanical structure of the MEMS gyroscope is sensitive to Coriolis forces created by movement. Designed with a differential mechanical structure, the MLX90609-N2 exhibits low vibration and angular rate cross sensitivity and a high immunity to external linear acceleration. Each section of the differential structure comprises a double-frame gyroscope. The use of two frames allows for better decoupling between the driven and sensing modes. The use of monocrystalline Si ensures better long-term behavior and reliability than gyroscopes based on poly-Si micromachining.

Michel Bourdon, MEMS and sensor interface ICs Marketing Manager at Melexis, comments: “Melexis’ ten years experience with automotive MEMS products and our good understanding of the expectations from automotive customers assures that this gyroscope will provide high added value to manufacturers of next generation navigation systems.”

The MLX90609-N2 enjoys operating in the automotive -40°C to 85°C temperature range. It comes in a cost effective and small footprint SMD CLCC32 package to allow compact system designs.

About Melexis

Melexis Microelectronic Integrated Systems N.V. (Euronext Brussels: MELE) designs, develops, tests and markets advanced integrated semiconductor devices. For over a decade, our customers in the automotive electronics market have inspired us to create, manufacture and deliver advanced Mixed Signal semiconductors, sensor ICs, and programmable sensor IC systems. The company sells its products to a wide customer base of automotive system manufacturers in Europe, North America and Asia. Melexis’ products include microcontrollers, Hall (magnetic), optical sensor ICs, interface ICs for pressure and acceleration sensors, micromachined silicon pressure, acceleration and gyroscope sensors, application specific integrated circuits (ASICs), wireless communication (RF) and RFID components, in each case principally for automotive applications. Further information about Melexis can be found at

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    Transportstraat 1
    3980 Tessenderlo
    Belgium / Europe
    Tel.:+32 13 67 0495
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