NovAtel Announces New OEM-ADIS-16488 Micro Electromechanical System (MEMS) IMU

Contact Information:

PRODUCT MANAGER, SPAN: Sheena Dixon (403) 730-4664

MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS: Lori Winkler (403) 730-4677

(Calgary, Alberta, February 6, 2013) - NovAtel Inc., the world's leading supplier of OEM Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) components and subsystems announced the addition of a new commercially exportable MEMS IMU to its line of SPAN® GNSS/INS products. Available for immediate shipping, this custom Analog Devices MEMS inertial sensor is exclusive to NovAtel, and can be paired with an OEM6™ receiver card to provide continuously available position, velocity and attitude (roll, pitch, yaw) in a small, single-unit form factor.

SPAN tightly couples NovAtel's precise GNSS technology with highly accurate inertial measurement technology to provide a robust, stable and continuous 3D navigation. The new OEM-ADIS-16488 sensor is designed to be coupled with NovAtel's OEM6 receivers via the MEMS Interface Card (MIC). At only 71 x 46 x 11 mm, the MIC is designed to NovAtel's smallest receiver form factor, for pairing with an OEM615 SPAN enabled receiver, providing integrators an extremely compact, powerful GNSS/INS engine.

The OEM-ADIS-16488 features low noise gyros and accelerometers in a small, lightweight form factor. This IMU enables precision measurements for applications that require low cost, high performance and rugged durability. Tight-coupling of the two technologies enables continuous robust positioning in difficult environments where satellite signals are unreliable or unavailable for short periods of time.

The OEM-ADIS-16488 is now available for order and immediate shipment. More information can be found on the NovAtel website at:

About NovAtel

NovAtel Inc. is a leading original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of precision Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) components and subsystems, including receivers, antennas, enclosures and firmware. An ISO certified company, NovAtel's products are developed for efficient, rapid integration into our customers' precise positioning applications. These applications include surveying, Geographical Information System (GIS) mapping, precision agriculture machine guidance, port automation, mining, marine and defense industries. The Company maintains its leadership position through significant R&D investment focusing on the modernized Global Positioning System (GPS) as well as the integration of additional complementary technologies such as Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs). NovAtel Inc. is based in Calgary, Canada and is part of the Hexagon Group, Sweden. For more information, visit:

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Posted on 07/02/2013