The Model 12M1A Picochip is a high-performance, piezoelectric accelerometer packaged as a surface-mount chip component. It is engineered for integration in standard hybrid or SMT electronics packages along with custom designed signal conditioning circuits, allowing the user to create miniaturized shock and vibration measurement systems in one completely integrated package. The Model 12M1A features Piezite Type P-8 bimorph sensing element, operating in the bender mode, which provides low base strain sensitivity, low pyroelectric output, and extremely high charge output versus size. Contact to the sensing element is made through two thick film gold metalized mounting pads on the bottom surface of the alumina case. The unit is designed to be mounted with conductive adhesives or solder.