PNI Sensor Corporation Introduces New Storm-qualified, American-made Digital Magnetic Compass

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PNI Sensor Corporation introduces its new high performance digital magnetic compass to replace existing compasses in targeting and laser range-finding systems.

Digital Magnetic Compass

TargetPoint DMC 600

As the operational and environmental challenges facing the soldier increase, we are happy to offer the needed azimuth accuracy with the required reliability and ruggedness of this new DMC,” stated Becky Oh, PNI Sensor Corporation President & CEO.

TargetPoint DMC 600 – the first American-made, American supported, STORM-qualified digital magnetic compass (DMC) – is being introduced this week by PNI Sensor Corporation of Santa Rosa, California. Initially developed for the Army’s Small Tactical Optical Rile Mounted micro-Laser Range Finder (STORM-mLRF), this high performance DMC is now available as a standalone DMC for easy integration into other laser range-finding and targeting systems. The TargetPoint DMC 600 has been tested extensively to meet military standards (including weapon shock) and has been field-proven by soldiers who rely on the compass for the critical heading component to fire control systems.

As the Department of Defense comes under increasing fiscal and efficiency pressures, its agencies are demanding increasingly specialized – and cost effective – capabilities and equipment to supply deployed forces. To increase the probability of first-shot success in smaller, soldier-portable systems, manufacturers are seeking target designators and laser range-finding systems with ever-greater positional accuracy to “find, fix and finish.” Now, PNI is offering the TargetPoint DMC to meet the demand for high accuracy, low weight and power at a competitive price point. The TargetPoint DMC provides heading accuracy of .05 degrees, weight of under 20 g, and industry-leading low power consumption of 225 mW at 10 Hz.

TargetPoint DMC 600 is so effective because it combines PNI’s patented Reference Magnetic Sensors and measurement circuitry with a 3-axis MEMS accelerometer. This gives it unparalleled performance at a very cost-effective price, making it a better choice over other DMCs now in use in many systems. The TargetPoint DMC offers all the same high performance specifications, but with the added benefit of domestic production and technical support, and the stability of working in US dollars with a US company.

Because of the small form factor and low weight, the TargetPoint DMC is an ideal choice for any system requiring situational awareness, threat detection and neutralization. “As the operational and environmental challenges facing the soldier increase, we are happy to offer the needed azimuth accuracy with the required reliability and ruggedness of this new DMC,” stated Becky Oh, PNI Sensor Corporation President & CEO.
TargetPoint DMC 600 is available immediately for integration into targeting systems. For more information, visit http://www.pnicorp.com/products/TargetPoint-DMC

About PNI Sensor Corporation:
PNI Sensor Corporation is an established, successful leader in magnetometer technology, serving such clients as the US military and GM, Chrysler and Ford in the automotive industry. PNI’s team of physicists, engineers and researchers has unparalleled expertise in creating the highest performance magnetic sensor on the market. PNI applies this patented magnetometer technology to create highly accurate, reliable and low power compass modules. Many of today’s leading companies are using PNI technology in their marquee products and across a wide spectrum of applications, including robotics, targeting, surveying, and oceanography.

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