iXblue offers INS range for AUVs

OE Staff
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The iXblue’s Phins Compact Family has been designed to offer the AUV industry players the ability to choose an inertial navigation system (INS) adapted to their vehicle. Based on iXblue’s fiber-optic gyroscope technology, Phins C3, C5, and C7 are fully scalable systems with a similar architecture and interface. Available as an OEM version, the three products all include the same algorithm and software, which enables re-use of the control system on any vehicles’ sizes or types, via modern interfaces such as Ethernet, helping to reduce integration and non-recurring costs. 

Based on iXblue’s IMU 50, Phins C3 is a new inertial system designed for man portable AUVs, with a small and light structure, mostly for shallow water applications, and is currently being assessed by AUV manufacturers. On the basis of the Phins Surface INS, Phins C7 (IMU 120) is now smaller for a better AUV integration. The Phins C5 (ex Rovins 154, IMU 90-based) is currently being used globally by customers for their current applications. 

The Phins Compact Family benefits from the performance of the fiber-optic gyroscope technology: the low consumption, solid-state, and strap-down inertial systems enable stealth autonomous navigation, designed to provide accurate heading, roll, pitch, speed and position. With a mean time between failures up to 100,000 hours and with no need for preventive maintenance, the systems is designed for high levels of reliability and robustness. Phins C3, C5, and C7 are ITAR-free, dual-use systems and are all compatible with DELPH INS post-processing software. 

Image: Phins Compact Family/iXblue

Categories: Equipment Technology Engineering Subsea Production Automation ROV & Dive Support Hardware Design Shallow Water

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