Groundbreaking KVH Photonic Integrated Chip (PIC) Reinvents FOG Technology

KVH’s new inertial systems with PIC Inside are designed to deliver superior reliability and survivability in the harshest environments while offering the critical precision navigational support that autonomous platforms and other applications require.

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A Revolution in Fiber Optic Gyro Technology

KVH’s new Photonic Integrated Chip (PIC) technology reinvents FOG technology with a groundbreaking integrated planar optical chip that replaces individual fiber optic components. KVH gyros and inertial systems with PIC Inside are designed to deliver:

  • Spatial orientation data enabling geolocation at centimeter-level accuracy
  • 20 times higher accuracy than MEMS inertial measurement units
  • Flexible, modular designs for easy integration
  • Outstanding repeatability unit-to-unit

KVH photonic chip close-up view

Photonics on a Chip: Consistent, Reliable & Cost-efficient

KVH’s groundbreaking photonic chip technology overcomes numerous technological obstacles to meet the demanding requirements for autonomous platforms by:

  • Incorporating complex elements onto a chip to maintain or improve accuracy and performance, as well as simplify production and remove hand work from the process
  • Providing consistent components and manufacturing to ensure consistent performance and reliability
  • Enabling mass-production of precision inertial systems

Ensuring Performance through Rigorous Testing & Qualification

We rigorously test our new PIC technology to ensure superior performance, accuracy, and reliability.

  • Part Level – Testing includes over temperature cycling, temperature and humidity, and shock and vibration, all run over multiple lots of parts to validate the repeatability and robustness of manufacturing
  • Product Level – Testing is done across the complete set of performance specifications and environmental conditions and repeated over time to validate the design

KVH engineer performing tests on the photonic chip

Inertial Sensors are Critical

GPS signals can be blocked by buildings, terrain, tunnels, parking garages, and signage, or intentionally jammed. Self-contained FOG-based inertial sensors deliver situational awareness even when GPS is unavailable or jammed.

MEMS Fall Short

MEMS’ utilization of vibrating sensor technology (Coriolis effect) to measure rotation has inherent shortcomings including noise, poor bias stability, low bandwidth, and susceptibility to environment conditions.

KVH Inertial Technology Provides Safe, Precise Autonomous Navigation

KVH inertial sensors are spoof-proof and jam-proof because they use integrated gyros and accelerometers, not external signals.


Why did May Mobility Partner with KVH?

Hear from Andrew Dykman, Senior Field Autonomy Engineer

"The KVH IMU on our vehicle gives us detailed, accurate and low noise information about how we’re moving through the world. This allows us to align ourselves and other things in the environment such as pedestrians, cyclists and other cars."

Photonic Chip Ebook

Photonic Chip Technology-based Inertial Systems

Disruptive Technology for Safe, Precise Autonomous Navigation

KVH’s new photonic integrated chip (PIC) technology reimagines FOG technology by replacing individual fiber components with an innovative integrated planar optic chip. This results in a FOG that’s even more reliable and delivers superior repeatability unit-to-unit, essential for the safe, accurate performance of autonomous platforms.

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