Epson Launches New Series of Gyro Sensors for Car Navigation Applications

Samples of digital gyro sensors in the XV4001 series
Samples of digital gyro sensors in the XV4001 series
(Left: XV4001BC, right: XV4001KD)

- TOKYO, Japan, November 7, 2013 -

Seiko Epson Corporation (TSE: 6724, "Epson") today began shipping samples of products in its new XV4001 series of high-precision gyro sensors. These sensors, designed for car navigation systems, are available with either an SPI or I2C*1digital output interface.

gyro sensors are generally used in car navigation systems for pinpointing current position by sensing changes in vehicle travel direction and for dead reckoning in locations where GPS signals are lost, such as in tunnels. Users of analog-output quartz gyro sensors have to convert those analog signals into digital signals, generally by using an external A/D converter. However, converting the output format involves signal line routing, peripheral circuitry, and other troublesome complications that place an extra engineering load on users. Users interested in lightening this load have been driving higher demand for gyroscopes with digital output interfaces.

Epson responded by commercializing the XV4001 series of gyro sensors, which can be ordered with either a popular 3-wire and 4-wire SPI digital interface or an I2C digital interface. These highly accurate products combine small, stable, hammerhead-shaped QMEMS*2 crystals with optimized Epson ICs. They also provide excellent temperature compensation, for better-than-ever stability and accuracy over changes in temperature. In addition, Epson further increased reliability by providing these gyroscopes with a new self-test function that senses irregularities.

The XV4001 series consists of four models, with different interface and package tilt angle combinations for different integrations. The XV4001BD (SPI interface) and XV4001BC (I2C interface) have a package inclined angle of 0 degrees. The XV4001KD (SPI interface) and XV4001KC (I2C interface) have a package inclined angle of 20 degrees.

"We are delighted to bring these products to market," said Masayuki Kitamura, chief operating officer of Epson's Microdevices Operations Division. "As a leader in crystal devices, Epson will continue to provide the kind of compact, accurate, stable products required in electronics and social infrastructure."

*1: The output interface (either SPI or I2C) is set at the factory based on the customer's order.

*2: QMEMS is a combination of "Quartz," a crystalline material with excellent characteristics such as excellent frequency stability and high precision, and "MEMS" (micro electro mechanical system). QMEMS devices, produced via a microfabrication process on a quartz material instead of on a semiconductor material like MEMS, offer high performance in a compact package. QMEMS is a registered trademark of Seiko Epson.

See the attachment for a function block diagram and the main specifications of these products. PDF(80KB)

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