True North Technologies Introduces “gyro-stabilized” Revolution™ GS Electronic Compass

(Maynard, MA), March 1, 2006 – True North Technologies has announced the introduction of the Revolution™ GS, a strap-down electronic compass designed specifically for commercial, industrial, and military users requiring high accuracy, repeatability, and low power consumption in dynamic environments.  The Revolution GS is similar to True North’s standard Revolution compass but adds two MEMS rate gyros to stabilize pitch and roll measurements.

The GS provides remarkably accurate heading, pitch, and roll even in the presence of vibration and acceleration.  It starts with a precision 3-axis solid-state magnetometer. Two angular rate gyros independently stabilize pitch and roll.  They augment a dual-axis, electrolytic tilt sensor that provides precise tilt measurements in static environments. Two sets of independent filters, one set for pitch and one for roll, combine gyro and electrolytic sensor measurements to provide the best available tilt measurements.

The recommended applications for the GS are manned and unmanned vehicles, robotics, weather buoys, antenna positioning, platform stabilization, marine navigation, excavation machinery, and irrigation equipment.

Pricing and availability for the Revolution GS will be provided upon request.

“The Revolution GS is an important step forward for our electronic compass product line,” said David E. Pheifer, President of True North Technologies. He added, “It will give added capabilities to our customers whose dynamic applications require high accuracy and repeatability.”

True North Technologies develops and manufactures products for marine, air, and land-based applications with a concentration in electronic compassing. True North is also a Microchip® Consultant specializing in designs utilizing Microchip Technologies’ PIC 16/17/18 micro-controllers. The company was founded in 1993 and is located in historic Clock Tower Place in Maynard, MA, the original home of Digital Equipment Corporation.