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Single-crystal silicon gyroscope with decoupled drive and sense
Author(s): Scott G. Adams; James Groves; Kevin A. Shaw; Timothy J. Davis; Dan Cardarelli; Raymond Carroll; Joseph G. Walsh; Mark D. Fontanella
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Paper Abstract

We present preliminary results for a single-crystal silicon gyroscope with decoupled drive and sense oscillators. The gyroscope is fabricated using a plasma micromachining process on a six-inch MEMS production line at Kionix, Inc. The process yields high-aspect-ratio structures, large structure-to- substrate separation, and low-parasitic electrodes, unlike designs that rely on silicon-on-insulator substrates, polysilicon, or thick epitaxial layers. We describe the fabrication process and emphasize the design, operation, and testing of the sensor. Results to date have yielded resolutions of 0.15 deg/sec over a 100 Hz bandwidth, short term bias stabilities less than 100 deg/hr, and quadrature signals less than 25 deg/sec.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 August 1999
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3876, Micromachined Devices and Components V, (31 August 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.360511
Show Author Affiliations
Scott G. Adams, Kionix, Inc. (United States)
James Groves, Kionix, Inc. (United States)
Kevin A. Shaw, Kionix, Inc. (United States)
Timothy J. Davis, Kionix, Inc. (United States)
Dan Cardarelli, MilliSensor Systems and Actuators, Inc. (United States)
Raymond Carroll, MilliSensor Systems and Actuators, Inc. (United States)
Joseph G. Walsh, MilliSensor Systems and Actuators, Inc. (United States)
Mark D. Fontanella, MilliSensor Systems and Actuators, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3876:
Micromachined Devices and Components V
Patrick J. French; Eric Peeters, Editor(s)

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