Electronics & Computers

Kionix Introduces the KXCNL Accelerometer

September 12, 2012

The device’s dual state machines enable maximum configurability for consumer applications and allow multiple applications to run simultaneously at the chip level, taking significant processing load off the system’s main processor.

ITHACA, NY /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- Kionix Inc. announced the release of the KXCNL, a configurable accelerometer with dual state machines to allow designers to dynamically program the device for numerous applications. The KXCNL's dual state machines allow the device to simultaneously run multiple applications at the chip level, taking significant processing load off the system's main applications processor and conserving power.

The KXCNL enables a wide combination of applications, from basic screen rotation to more sophisticated programs such as freefall detection, pedometry, tap/double-tap, power management, and more. The KXCNL allows applications to be swapped out on the fly, providing designers with a new level of flexibility and extensibility. To assist customers in adapting to this new flexibility, Kionix is providing a library of prewritten state programs, while still allowing customers to write their own state programs if they choose.

"Customers increasingly want complete solutions, not just components, from their sensor suppliers. Kionix has long been a leader in providing solutions with embedded algorithms. With the KXCNL, designers have the ability to develop products with even more functionality and flexibility, using small footprint state machine programs running on the accelerometer ASIC," said John Chong, Director of Product Engineering at Kionix. "The KXCNL also helps drive down overall power consumption on a device," he added, "so we are giving users the best of both worlds—more capability with lower power."

Other KXCNL Features

  • User-selectable 2 g, 4 g, 6 g, and 8 g ranges
  • User-programmable ODR
  • Current consumption 2–250 µA
  • XAC sensor with outstanding stability over temperature, shock, and post-reflow performance
  • Supports I2C high speed, fast speed, and standard speed
  • 1.7 V to 3.6 V operating voltage
  • Internal voltage regulator
  • Self-test
  • 3 by 3 by 0.9 mm, 16-pin package

The KXCNL is shipping now to qualified customers with unit pricing of $1.20 in quantities of 1000. For more information, please email or contact the Kionix sales office nearest you.

About Kionix
Kionix Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of ROHM Co. Ltd., is a top-tier manufacturer of MEMS inertial sensors based in Ithaca, NY, USA. Leading companies in consumer, automotive, health and fitness, and industrial markets use Kionix sensors and total system solutions to enable motion-based functionality in their products. Kionix is a registered trademark of Kionix, Inc.

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