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Putting the Universe Within the Reach of All

April 26, 2006

Analog Devices' iMEMS motion signal processing helps Celestron's handheld SkyScout instantly identify and/or locate over 6,000 celestial objects viewable to the naked eye.


NORWOOD, Mass. /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- Named the "Best of Innovations" in the personal electronics category by the Consumer Electronics Association, the Celestron SkyScout is a handheld device that can instantly identify and/or locate over 6,000 celestial objects viewable to the naked eye, transforming the night sky into a personal planetarium using the power of motion signal processing technology. With its built-in GPS receiver and accurate inclinometer enabled by a pair of Analog Devices' ADXL322 iMEMS motion sensors, the SkyScout knows precisely where you are and what you are pointing at, be it comet or constellation, and provides scientific information via text or audio.

"ADI's small, low-power and highly reliable iMEMS motion sensor technology provided the precise and accurate tilt measurement required to enable a very consumer-friendly point-and-shoot product," said Richard Hedrick, senior vice president and CTO of Celestron, one of the world's leading designers and manufacturers of telescopes, binoculars, spotting scopes, and microscopes. "SkyScout is a totally unique, one-of-a-kind product that combines sensor data with an internal GPS and a substantial celestial database to dramatically improve how people learn about astronomy, making it much easier and more entertaining."

"Celestron has come up with an innovative way to experience stargazing. The SkyScout is an excellent example of how motion signal processing can be used to enrich the user experience," said Bill Giudice, vice president and general manager, Micromachined Products Division, Analog Devices. "With mobility and handheld form factors so prevalent throughout consumer electronics, motion signal processing technology is enabling some very innovative products."

Recognized for its MEMS manufacturing technology and ability to combine MEMS sensor structures with signal conditioning circuitry, Analog Devices leverages this expertise to provide iMEMS motion sensors, such as the dual-axis ADXL322. The device measures acceleration at a full-scale range of +/- 2g, is available in an ultra-small package (4 x 4 x 1.45 mm LFCSP), and requires only 340 microAmps at Vs = 2.4V. The ADXL322 iMEMS motion sensor is designed to accommodate the design requirements of battery-operated portable devices for a variety of motion, tilt, and inertial sensing features.

About Analog Devices' iMEMS Technology
As a pioneer in the micromachine IC industry, ADI produced the first fully integrated, single-chip iMEMS (integrated Micro Electrical Mechanical System) accelerometer in 1991. Since then, ADI has maintained a leadership position and remains the industry's only producer of high-volume, single-chip iMEMS accelerometers/motion sensors and continues to be the leading supplier of airbag sensors worldwide, with shipments of more than 200 million units to date. ADI's iMEMS motion sensors are used in a wide range of consumer, automotive, and industrial product applications. For more information visit www.analog.com/iMEMS.

About Analog Devices
Innovation, performance, and excellence are the cultural pillars on which Analog Devices has built one of the longest-standing, highest-growth companies in the technology sector. Acknowledged industrywide as the world leader in data conversion and signal conditioning technology, Analog Devices serves over 60,000 customers, representing virtually all types of electronic equipment. Celebrating more than 40 years as a leading global manufacturer of high-performance integrated circuits used in analog and digital signal processing applications, Analog Devices is headquartered in Norwood, Mass., with design and manufacturing facilities throughout the world. Analog Devices' common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker "ADI" and is included in the S&P 500 Index.

iMEMS is a registered trademark, and Motion Signal Processing is a trademark of Analog Devices, Inc. Celestron is a registered trademark, and SkyScout is a trademark of Celestron, Inc.
 


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