Physical Logic develops and manufactures MEMS accelerometers for Defense Applications

Continued Development of Navigation-Grade Closed-Loop MEMS Accelerometer

Physical Logic’s accelerometer is a small, low power consumption navigation-grade Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) with long-term bias repeatability below 0.25mg and long-term scale factor repeatability below 250 ppm By DA Staff / 04 Feb 2022
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Physical Logic has been awarded a customer contract worth $2 million for continuing development of a new-generation navigation-grade Closed Loop Micro-Electromechanical (MEMS) accelerometer, the MAXL-CL-4000.

The new accelerometer is designed to meet the market needs of a small size, low power consumption, and low-cost navigation-grade Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) with long-term bias repeatability below 0.25mg and long-term scale factor repeatability below 250 ppm, with a tunable sensing range between 15g to 70g.

Low sensor power consumption, below 120mW, and a unique mechanical design to achieve a uniform heat dissipation within the package, will enable sub µg/min drifts after less than 1 min from turning on the system. This enables Physical Logic’s high-end MEMS accelerometers to comply with various applications such as North finding, target location and inertial navigation.

The sensor is designed with the same MEMS die which is successfully applied in the company’s current MAXL-CL-3000 series. A new Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) and new electronics approach will enable the integration of all electronics features into a stand-alone, hermetically sealed 44LCC ceramic package.

The MAXL-CL-4000 generation will be added to the currently available MAXL-CL-3000 accelerometer family of sensors which provides a high-performance and low-Cost, Size, Weight and Power (C-SWaP) MEMS accelerometer for tactical and navigation applications for input ranges up to 70g and with long-term bias repeatability as low as 500µg and scale factor below 400ppm. 

The advantage of the company’s patented Closed Loop configuration has been proven with excellent scale factor linearity and stability, as well as very low Vibration Rectification Error (VRE) and with minimum tradeoff between performance and sensing range.

“Prototypes of MAXL-CL-4000 with long-term bias repeatability below 250 µg and Scale Factor below 250 ppm will be available by mid-2023”, said Aviram Feingold, Physical Logic’s CEO; “but we are not stopping, we are also planning a design of a new closed-loop accelerometer with target long-term bias repeatability below 100µg and SF below 100 ppm. This design is based on the new electronic elements added to MAXL-CL-4000, combined with a new MEMS die. The new die is designed to dump environmental stress effects on the MEMS’ sensing and driving elements by order of magnitude. The sub 100µg sensor program is to answer strategic needs of our customers.”

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