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Just a Single Instrument...

The rotary silicon gyro shown here is a single instrument, capable of measuring a component of a body angular rate.

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An Instrument Cluster...

The Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) shown here is a cluster of orthogonally mounted triads of gyros and accelerometers. Generally an istrument cluster contains many single...

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Integrated Sensors...

More than one devices are cofabricated in a single chip package, including some support electronics. The integrated device shown here has an accelerometer, a pressure sensor,...

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Miniature Systems

The three boards of a 50mmX50mmX25mm GPS/INS system are shown here. The package has an IMU/GPS board, a dual core Power PC/memory board and I/O interface board...

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Methane Opto-Sensing Network...

The board shown is a battery operated wireless network methane sensing node. It is an example of measuring methane...

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Wireless Monitoring Systems

The Nodal Monitoring System using the integrated sensor shown has 5 measuring nodes and a data collecting host with USB...

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Waddan Systems was founded in 1988 in Valencia, California, to design, develop, manufacture, and market low cost monolithic sensors for the U.S. defense industry and NASA. Since its inception, through a comprehensive development program, the company has developed several sensors and systems using a spectrum of sensor micromachining technologies that include bulk micromachining, surface micromachining, laser micromachining and micromolding. Waddan Systems operates a wafer fabrication facility, handling wafers up to 100mm (4")in diameter, with furnaces, dielectric and metallic film deposition and sputtering stations, dicing saws, laser machining center, mask fabrication, PCB process and assembly (0603) and multiple test stations.

Just a Single Instrument

RG-103 A single instrument measures only one measurand, e.g. temperature, pH, weight etc. If the measurand is a vector in space, then a single instrument usually measures a component of the vector and is designed to be insensitive to cross-axis inputs. Waddan's single instruments include accelerometer, gyro, hydrophone, radiation sensor, gas sensors and emerging blood and water analysis devices. The device shown in the adjoining photo is a closed loop gyro with an oscillating rotor with axis of rotation normal to the device plane. More >


An Instrument Cluster

Inst_cluster In an instrument cluster several instruments are mounted together in one location where they have to either operate or function together. The inertial measurement unit (IMU) cluster shown in the adjoining photo incorporates seven instruments, a triad of accelerometers to measure the body acceleration, a triad of gyros to measure body angular rate, and thermister for temperature measurement.


Integrated Sensors

ISIn an integrated sensor (IS) several instruments are co-fabricated in one chip as an electronics IC analog. A simple IS could be a gyro and accelerometer chip for one axis of an IMU, or an IS for measuring the flutter vibration, aerodynamic pressure, temperature and strain on the skin of an air vehicle (see adjoining photo), or a multi-integrated-optics-chip (MIOC) with several modulators, polarizers, splitters etc all made in a single chip.


Miniature Systems

MiniSys A miniature system incorporates sensing instruments for an application, their operational and interconnect electronics, micro-controllers/micro-processors with storage memory, and an I/O interface for the outside world. The I/O interface may consist of a small display and a keypad, or touch-sensitive display or standard serial and parallel ports. The adjoining photo shows Waddan's TSPIGII which is a miniature inertial navigation system with an embedded GPS. The I/O includes a USB 2.0, Ethernet and an RS232.


Methane Opto-Sensing Network

Gas_sens The sensor is made up of rectangular optical waveguides filled with a nano-pore gel. The optical transmission of a 1650nm laser through the waveguides is affected by the amount of methane soaking the nano-pores of the waveguides. The network employs the ZigBee protocol.


Wireless Monitoring Systems

wireless The nodes of a wireless monitoring system are shown in the adjoining photo. The system employs the IS shown above for measuring acceleration (random vibration), aerodynamic pressure, a strain gage rosette and temperature. The node is battery operated, and a power management scheme allows a long operational life. This network also employs the ZigBee protocol. For data acquisition any PC with a USB interface can be used. The network data collection app runs on the PC and controls all the nodes via the USB Host shown as the bottom board in the photo.