Smallest MEMS Modules from STMicroelectronics Will Make Sleek Consumer Devices More Sensitive
Multi-sensor device packs 6 degrees of freedom in 16 mm3
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 announced a new inertial module that integrates three-axis sensing of linear and angular motion in a miniature 3 x 5.5 x 1mm package. Reducing size by almost 20% over devices currently in production, ST’s newest iNEMO module with six degrees of freedom delivers advanced motion-sensing capabilities in today’s space-constrained consumer applications, such as smart phones, tablets and other portable electronic devices and will enable even more sleek products in the future.
In addition to the space-saving benefits, ST’s newest iNEMO module enhances user experience and motion-sensing realism through its advanced design and real-time sensor data fusion capabilities. The module design ensures precise alignment of the two sensors’ reference axes and superior thermal and mechanical stability, while ST’s iNEMO Engine data-fusion software employs sophisticated prediction and filtering algorithms to automatically correct measurement distortions and inaccuracies.
The LSM330D multi-sensor module combines a user-selectable full-scale acceleration range from 2 to 16g with angular-rate detection from 250 to 2000 dps along the pitch, roll and yaw axes 2. Addressing power constraints in battery-operated portable devices, the module includes power-down and sleep modes and two embedded FIFO (first-in first-out) memory blocks, one for each sensor, for smarter power management. In addition, it can operate with any supply voltage over the range of 2.4 to 3.6V.
Fully software-compatible with ST’s latest-generation 3-axis digital accelerometers (LIS3DH) 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.
The smallest 6 DoF (degrees of freedom) device in ST’s iNEMO inertial module family, the LSM330D is available in engineering samples. Unit pricing is $2.75 for volumes in the range of 1,000 pieces. If your company has a high-volume need, please contact your ST sales office.
For further 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.
2 There are three main types of angular motion: yaw is rotation around the vertical axis; roll is rotation around the front-to-back axis and pitch is the rotation around the side-to-side axis.