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News Bits and Pieces -
December 09, 2004
KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) announced recently that it has received $1.2 million in new orders for its high-performance fiber optic gyro (FOG) systems. The FOGs included within these orders will be used to provide support for a range of defense-related applications, including stabilization and pointing of remote gun turrets and precision navigation and guidance. These orders are largely scheduled for shipment in 2005.
KVH FOG products, such as the DSP-3000 FOG and TG-6000 inertial measurement unit (IMU), are used in diverse commercial and defense-related applications. Military applications include IMUs for torpedoes, precision tactical navigation systems for military vehicles, and image stabilization and synchronization for shoulder- or tripod-mounted weapon simulators. Platforms that depend on KVH FOGs include the U.S. Army Ground Prophet next-generation signal intelligence vehicle; the Javelin, Stinger, and ITAS weapons training simulators; stabilization systems for naval radar and missile defense systems, among others. KVH FOGs have also been used in such commercial applications as train location control and track geometry measurement systems, industrial robotics, stabilization of TV cameras, and KVH’s own premier TracVision G8 mobile satellite TV antenna.
KVH digital signal processing (DSP) FOGs employ an all-fiber design that ensures high reliability, superior performance, and exceptional vibration, shock, and acceleration performance and survivability. They deliver precision stabilization and tracking capabilities for turret, antenna, and optical stabilization systems. With no moving parts to maintain or replace, KVH’s DSP FOGs last longer than mechanical gyros, perform better, and can yield a significantly lower lifetime cost. KVH’s DSP electronics improve performance in such critical areas as scale factor and bias versus temperature, scale factor linearity, turn-on to turn-on repeatability, and maximum input rate. The breakthrough DSP design (covered by multiple patents, including U.S. Patent #6,429,939, “DSP Signal Processing for Open Loop Fiber Optic Sensors”) overcomes the limitations of analog signal processing, virtually eliminating temperature-sensitive drift and rotation errors.
Complete details regarding KVH’s family of fiber optic products are available at www.fiberopticgyro.com.
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