Motion Sensing on Smaller and Sleeker Gadgets to Result from STMicroelectronics Innovation
Consumer MEMS leader shrinks acceleration sensor footprint by 50%
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and the leading supplier of MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) for consumer and portable applications 1, today introduced ultra-low-power, high-performance three-axis accelerometers in 2x2 mm packages. Reducing the size by a factor of 2 over current-generation devices, ST’s newest acceleration-sensor family is a perfect fit for motion-sensing features in power- and space-constrained consumer applications, such as mobile phones, tablets and gaming controls.
ST’s LIS2DH and LIS2DM accelerometers provide extremely accurate, high-resolution output across full-scale ranges of ±2g/±4g/±8g/±16g and boast excellent stability over time and temperature. The sensors come with advanced embedded features, including 4D/6D orientation detection and two programmable interrupt signals that enable immediate notification of motion detection, free fall, and other conditions.
Addressing power constraints in battery-operated portable devices, ST’s accelerometers include power-down and sleep modes and a FIFO (first-in first-out) memory block for smarter power management. They also embed a temperature sensor and a self-test function that allows the customer to verify the functioning of the sensor after it has been assembled on board.
The LIS2Dx devices are software-compatible with the Company’s current 3-axis accelerometers, so customers can easily ‘hot swap’ and protect their investment in application development.
ST’s accelerometers are in volume production, with unit pricing $1.05 in quantities of 1,000 pieces for the LIS2DH and $0.98 for the LIS2DM . Further pricing options are available for larger quantities. For more information on ST’s complete MEMS portfolio see www.st.com/mems
STMicroelectronics is a global leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications with innovative semiconductor solutions. ST aims to be the undisputed leader in multimedia convergence and power applications leveraging its vast array of technologies, design expertise and combination of intellectual property portfolio, strategic partnerships and manufacturing strength. In 2010, the Company’s net revenues were $10.35 billion. Further information on ST can be found at www.st.com.
1 IHS iSuppli: H1 2011 Consumer and Mobile MEMS Market Tracker, August 2011