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Epson develops world's smallest gyro-sensor

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DQC Bureau
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Seiko Epson Corporation announced that a joint development effort with NGK

Insulators has succeeded in developing the smallest gyro-sensor (with built-in

drive circuit) of its kind in the world. The XV-3500CB, as the new gyro-sensor

is being called, is scheduled to enter volume production in December 2004 and

represents Epson's first salvo in a battle to expand the scope of its quartz

crystal device business.

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The new gyro sensor boasts unprecedented stability thanks to the use of a

mono-crystalline quartz crystal for the newly developed gyro element. By

leveraging Epson's original crystal microprocessing technology, low-power

analog circuit technology, and packaging technology, the joint development team

was able to achieve a gyro sensor measuring just 5.0 mm x 3.2 mm x 1.3 mm,

making it the world's smallest gyro-sensor with built-in drive circuitry.

This sub-miniature angular velocity sensor is ideally designed for use in

systems that correct camera vibrations. The sensor will enable compact digital

cameras, camera-phones, and other products to be equipped with a

high-performance motion correction feature.

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FEATURES OF NEW GYRO SENSOR

  • Subminiature SMD (surface mounted device) structure (with built-in drive

    and detection circuits)
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  • Outstanding stability provided by a quartz crystal as the sensor element
  • Sleep mode achieves both low power consumption and a short startup time
  • Airtight structure for excellent environmental resistance and 100%

    lead-free applications
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