Virtus expanding MEMS development program

Oct. 30, 2006 — Virtus Advanced Sensors, a developer of MEMS multi-axis inertial sensors, announced plans to expand its program for accelerometers, gyroscopes and integrated motion sensors.

The company has established a new U.S. headquarters in Pittsburgh. Along with its current office in Tokyo, the company says it intends to soon establish an additional office in Asia by the end of the year and says it hopes to have a European representative office by 2008. The company is considering building a production facility for its 6-axis motion sensors due out by the end of 2008, but has not yet determined where that facility will be located.

To help establish its office, the company is receiving financial, talent recruiting, and related business advisory support from The Technology Collaborative (TTC), a statewide economic development organization that supports the growth of Pennsylvania’s high tech industries. Virtus has recently become a TTC member.

Currently, Virtus is developing 3-axis accelerometers and 3-axis accelerometer wireless units, 2 and 3-axis gyros, and 5 and 6-axis motion sensors, integrating both accelerometer and gyro components on one chip. The company plans to begin the mass production of 3-axis accelerometers in 2007 and says it has plans to commercialize a fully-integrated one-chip 6-axis motion sensor, consisting of a 3-axis accelerometer and 3-axis gyro sensor, in 2008.


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