VTOL Aircraft and UAVs Need Robust and Reliable Timing
Uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAV)/drone technology has been used by the military for some time. Advancements and miniaturization in the electronics, batteries, motors and sensors of UAVs have extended the benefits of the technology to many commercial applications such as agriculture, surveying, aerial photography, remote inspection, search and rescue, and air taxis. Timing solutions that operate reliably in the dynamic environments of UAVs are no longer elusive.
UAVs must operate, navigate and communicate through take off, cruise, and landing, even in air turbulence and adverse conditions. They use novel and complex technologies such as electrical vertical take-off and landing (VTOL). Many functionalities, previously delivered in separate subsystems, are now integrated and are packed into a small space to make UAVs agile.
Delivering stable operation, precise navigation and deterministic communication, while managing power supply noise and board layout, presents a challenge in designing the timing solution. SiTime Endura™ commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) ruggedized MEMS oscillators meet these challenges. Ruggedized Endura timing solutions are extremely reliable and remain stable and with low jitter over a wide temperature range and under severe vibrations.