Electronics & Computers

ST Unveils MEMS Motion-Recognition Module

July 17, 2012

The new ultra-compact, multi-sensor, programmable iNEMO promises to enhance motion-sensing realism of today's portable consumer devices and shortcut the path to wearable sensor applications in sports, fitness, and healthcare diagnostics.

GENEVA /Marketwire/ -- STMicroelectronics (ST), a global semiconductor leader, serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, and a leading supplier of MEMS for consumer and portable applications, announced a miniature 6-axis sensor device, with custom motion-recognition capabilities. ST's latest iNEMO inertial module enhances user experience and motion-sensing realism in today's space-constrained and power-hungry portable consumer devices and shortcuts the path to wearable sensor applications in sports, fitness, and healthcare diagnostics.

The LSM330 module houses a 3-axis digital gyroscope and a 3-axis digital accelerometer, with two embedded finite state machines—programmable blocks that enable custom motion recognition inside the module. Programmable state machines enable the identification of specific motions or gestures and initiate associated actions or applications, such as switching on an augmented-reality view of a near-by object by moving your phone with a specific gesture. Integrated processing capability in MEMS sensors helps decrease power consumption in battery-hungry portable devices and brings more freedom and flexibility to the design of motion-enabled consumer electronics.

ST's newest inertial module detects acceleration up to 16 g and angular rate up to 2000 dps along the pitch, roll, and yaw axes. The integration of high-resolution linear- and angular-motion sensing in a single device increases system robustness, and the advanced module design ensures superior thermal and mechanical stability. The LSM330 multi-sensor module targets a wide range of applications that include wearable sensor applications, motion-activated user interfaces in phones and tablets; motion detection and map-matching for indoor/outdoor navigation, augmented reality, and other location-based services.

Addressing power constraints in battery-operated portable devices, the module includes power-down and sleep modes and an embedded first-in first-out memory block for smarter power management. In addition, it can operate with any supply voltage over the range of 2.4 to 3.6 V.

Fully software-compatible with ST's latest-generation 3-axis digital accelerometers (LIS3DSH) and gyroscopes (L3GD20), the new iNEMO module makes it easy for customers using ST's single-function sensors to upgrade their designs, reducing the board size, number of external components, and overall application system complexity.

Housed in an ultra-compact 3 by 3.5 by 1 mm LGA package, the LSM330 6-degrees-of-freedom module will start sampling by the end of Q4 2012. Unit pricing is $4.15 for volumes in the range of 1000 pieces. If your company has a high-volume need, please contact your ST sales office.

For further information on ST's complete MEMS portfolio, visit the company's Web site.

About ST
STMicroelectronics is a global leader in the semiconductor market, serving customers across the spectrum of sense and power technologies and multimedia convergence applications. From energy management and savings to trust and data security, from healthcare and wellness to smart consumer devices, in the home, car and office, at work and at play, ST is found everywhere microelectronics make a positive and innovative contribution to people's life. By getting more from technology to getting more from life, ST stands for life.augmented. In 2011, the Company's net revenues were $9.73 billion.

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