Enabled by TDK Sensing Solutions
It’s a drone world – and we are just living in it. TDK InvenSense has been extremely blessed to have had so much success in adopting our sensors into drones over the last decade, dating back to the days of the MPU-6050. Our 6-axis IMUs have dominated this space, allowing for drone manufacturers and ecosystem players to trust in our performance and accuracy, but times are changing.
Today’s drones are pushing the barrier for innovation, integrating features like 5G connectivity, autonomous controls, AI, and much more. These technologies, along with many others, are changing the ways drones are being used in everyday life. This includes last mile delivery, agricultural surveillance, and first responder support. The days of just providing a generic IMU are over, and TDK is stepping up our solutions to focus on the features and problems that drone companies face. Our comprehensive portfolio of IMUs, Pressure, Ultrasonic ToF, MEMs Microphones, and Software make TDK the ultimate “solution” provider for all things drones!
How can TDK make drones better?
With drones moving faster then ever before, it is necessary to be able to avoid anything that could show up within its path. Using TDK’s ultrasonic Time of Flight technology – Drones can detect obstacles within a 7M+ range in any direction in real time tov quickly and accurately adjust its position. TDK’s Time-of-Flight sensors can also detect clear material like windows and plastic, and add additional improvements and accuracy to the SLAM feature typically found in drones.
Electrical & Optical Image Stabilization
Cameras are one of the largest selling points for drones today. A crystal-clear image or video can help capture a timeless memory or spot an essential error. TDK IMUs and OIS/EIS software can turn any drone into a high-resolution photographer. TDK has dominated in the OIS space for mobile phones for over a decade, and our technology easily transitions into the drone world to enable the best OIS and EIS performance in the world.
As propeller motors continue to lower their noise levels, the ability to capture audio has never been easier! TDK’s high-performance MEMS microphones provide ample dynamic range and low power to enable even the noisiest drones to finally capture clear audio data. A strong microphone array can help capture audio signatures and provide robust solutions such as propeller noise removal, ANC, and high-definition audio/video from the camera. This is a major step in the roadmap to one day control drones with just our voices and no need for a controller!
Ground Type Identification (e.g. water vs. land)
Certain drones are fond of flying over different types of ground area; grass, dirt, rock but struggle to understand the difference between land and water. TDK’s Ultrasonic Time-of-Flight technology can detect with high accuracy changes in the ground type and use that data to optimize flight plans, speeds, and height to ensure your drone does not end up at the bottom of the sea.
Indoor/Outdoor Pressure Stabilization
More than ever, a single drone is being used both indoors and outdoors for different situations. The ability of TDK’s Pressure Sensor to accurately measure barometric pressure changes enables stable drone altitude hold regardless A/C units, doors opening, extreme winds, or major weather changes.
Accuracy & Performance Beyond Consumer
Not all drones are the same – so a “one size fits all” IMU is unlikely to appease everyone’s needs. Along with TDK’s industry-leading consumer-grade IMUs, we are also excited to announce a full array of Industrial-grade sensor and modules that take performance and accuracy to the next level. Applications focused on robotics, agriculture, high end precision, and so on can now explore our latest offerings, which take IMU performance from consumer-leading to industrial-leading!