Electronics & Computers

VTI Starts Volume Production of 3-axis Gyro Sensor

March 24, 2011

VTI Technologies has started volume production of the world's smallest and lowest power consuming digital output 3-axis angular rate sensor, the CMR3000.

VANTAA, Finland -- Consumer electronics is the fastest growing MEMS market. According to iSuppli's market forecasts, the market size for 3-axis gyroscopes will be more than 200 million pieces this year. Growth is particularly fast thanks to the success of gaming, smart phones, tablet PCs and many new emerging applications.

VTI expanded its product range last year to meet this rapidly increasing demand in consumer electronics industries. In the fall of 2010, the company introduced the world's smallest and lowest power digital 3-axis angular rate sensor, the CMR3000, designed for user interface and game applications. After the successful introduction and very positive feedback from the market VTI has now started volume production of the CMR3000.

"The CMR3000's low current consumption, excellent sensitivity stability and small size match perfectly with the requirements of consumer electronics manufacturers", says Pekka Kostiainen, Product Manager at VTI. "The CMR3000 is optimised for user interface and gaming applications. Due to gaming requirements the measurement range is ±2000 dps with selectable measurement bandwidths. In the case of cell phones the wafer level package enables the smallest size of 3.1 x 4.2 x 0.8 mm with digital SPI and I2C interfaces, which is a clear benefit."

Second Source Solution For High Volume Device Manufacturers
The extraordinary demand for 3-axis gyros in the market is raising concerns about component availability. The CMR3000's small device size and location of the IO's enable the possibility to optionally accommodate another manufacturer's sensor on the same layout. This offers a solution to high volume customers with second source requirements.

To support easy implementation of the CMR3000 VTI is providing HW and SW support to its customers. As an example, an Android driver is available including the library, documentation and demo applications. Furthermore, VTI supports customers with optimizing sensor signal processing for their application.

About VTI Technologies
VTI Technologies is a leading supplier of acceleration, inclination and angular motion sensor solutions for transportation, medical, instrument and consumer electronics applications. In their end-use applications, VTI's products improve safety and quality of life. The silicon-based capacitive sensors are based on the company's proprietary 3D MEMS (Micro Electro-Mechanical System) technology.

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