Sensor Package controls air and ground robotic vehicles.

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Consisting of calibrated digital sensor system and servo control board, µNAV(TM) miniature vehicle sensor package aids with navigation and control in robotics and R/C aircraft. This 9-axis sensor suite includes accelerometers, angular rate sensors, and magnetometers. It also combines static and dynamic pressure sensors as well as GPS receiver. Included R/C receiver PPM interface allows for software interpretation of remote control receiver commands and human takeover capability.



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Crossbow Technology Releases Miniature, Low Cost µNAV(TM) Sensor Package for Air/Ground Robotic Vehicles



Complete Sensing Solution for Radio Control and Robotic Systems Targets Miniature Ground and Airborne Vehicles

San Jose, California - June 6, 2005 - Crossbow Technology, Inc. (www.xbow.com), the leading provider of inertial systems to the Avionics market announced the release of the µNAV(TM), a low cost, miniature sized complete air/ground vehicle sensor package. The µNAV is a calibrated digital sensor system and servo control board targeted at miniature ground and airborne vehicles. Typical applications for the µNAV sensor system include navigation and control in robotics and radio control (R/C) aircraft.

The µNAV 9-axis sensor suite includes accelerometers, angular rate sensors, and magnetometers for inner loop control applications. It also combines static pressure (altitude) and dynamic pressure (airspeed) sensors for airborne control and a GPS receiver for navigation and path planning. The µNAV R/C servo driving hardware allows direct connection of remote control servos to the µNAV for software control. The R/C receiver PPM interface allows for software interpretation of remote control receiver commands and switching between software control and remote control receiver control for human "takeover" capability. The µNAV firmware and tool chain is open-source for maximum user flexibility. PC based inertial calibration software is included for easy recalibration of the µNAV sensors.

"We are excited about the launch of the µNAV sensor system. It will pave the way for use of MEMS sensors in small sized ground and airborne robotics systems. It will widely extend the applications where Crossbow's state-of-the-art electronic MEMS sensor technology is deployed," said Mike Horton, President and CEO of Crossbow Technology. "It continues to demonstrate our commitment to innovation and establishing leadership in the avionics sensors market."

The µNAV system is now shipping in production. For more information about this product, contact Crossbow Technology at www.xbow.com.

About Crossbow Technology

Founded in 1995, Crossbow Technology, Inc. is the leading supplier of inertial sensor systems for aviation, land and marine applications and other instrumentation sensors. Crossbow has a ten-year history of delivering sensors for applications and industries with the most stringent performance requirements in the harshest of environments.

Crossbow Technology, Inc. is also the leading supplier of end-to-end solutions in wireless sensor networks and the largest manufacturer of wireless sensor networks. Crossbow has for years been at the forefront of creating and deploying smaller, smarter, wireless sensing devices and mesh networking platforms for large-scale defense, environmental, agricultural, industrial monitoring and control, building automation, security and asset tracking applications.

The company has shipped more than 500,000 of its advanced sensors to more than 1,000 customers, including select Fortune 100 and other leading industrial, defense, technology, civil engineering and manufacturing companies. The company's strategic partners include Intel Corporation. Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., and with direct offices in Beijing, China and Osaka, Japan, Crossbow has distributors in 24 countries worldwide. The company received its ISO 9001/2000 Certification in May 2002, its FAA Certification for the AHRS500GA in January 2003 and its FCC Certification for the MICAz in October 2004. Contact Crossbow at +1-408-965-3300, email info@xbow.com or visit Crossbow on the Web at www.xbow.com.

Crossbow Technology is a registered trademark of Crossbow Technology, Inc. All other corporate names or trademarks stated herein are the property of their respective companies.

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