Third generation mems sensors

Third-generation MEMS technology increases motion accuracy and energy efficiency for longer runtimes

MEMS sensors

The high performance and advanced features of our third generation of MEMS sensors drive the intuitive context-aware features of today’s smartphones and wearables

ST's third generation of MEMS sensors sets the foundation for the next leap in performance and features for consumer and industrial applications. The latest generation of MEMS sensors takes performance to a new level, going beyond established technical limitations on output accuracy and power consumption. With an optional machine-learning core (MLC) and electrostatic sensing, these advanced MEMS sensors drive the intuitive context-aware features of today’s smartphones and wearables.


Key features of Gen 3.x sensors

  • Increased accuracy and energy efficiency
  • Faster Machine Learning core for AI in-the edge
  • QVAR electrostatic field sensing
  • Enhanced altimeter and barometer functionality for emergency localization services in portable devices
  • Accurate in-water detection and depth estimation thanks to dual-full scale pressure sensors
  • TWS, OIS, EIS dedicated devices

Application examples

Smartphones and handheld devices
Smartwatch IoT and connected devices
Augmented reality Augmented reality (AR) / virtual reality (VR) glasses
Wearables Wearables
camera OIS for camera applications
webinar mems pressure sensors

In this 1-hour webinar, you will learn about our MEMS pressure sensor features, performance, and use-cases, enabling you to select the most compatible device for your next application.

  • An overview of the MEMS piezoresistive technology for absolute pressure sensors
  • The relevant parameters for pressure sensors selection
  • Dust-resistant or water-resistant package options to fit your end application
  • An overview of ST's pressure sensors portfolio with application examples
  • System level power consumption efficiency using a pressure sensor

Discover the third generation of MEMS sensors


Dual full-scale barometric pressure sensor with water-resistant package

The LPS28DFW is a dual-full scale waterproof pressure sensor with I2C, SPI and I3CSM interfaces to fit almost all digital communication interfaces. Its stainless steel pressure port for easy pipe or gasket connection and minimal power consumption make it ideal for IoT, sport and wearables applications.

Low-power, high-precision MEMS nano pressure sensor

The LPS22DF is a dual-full scale dust-proof pressure sensor with I2C, SPI and I3CSM interfaces. Its accuracy despite extremely low power consumption makes it naturally fitting the emergency localization applications in portable devices, but makes it excel also in wearables and sport watches.


Always-on iNEMO 3D accelerometer and 3D gyroscope with embedded machine learning core and Qvar electrostatic sensor

The LSM6DSV16X is the general-purpose IMU of ST’s 3rd generation devices. It embeds all MEMS technological and electronic design advances to join best-in-class power consumption and top accuracy together.

This flagship IMU can perform in top OIS/EIS applications as well as in VR/AR and can help reduce system power consumption by taking AI classification tasks inside it where data are generated, thanks to its Machine Learning Core and programmable Finite State Machines.

A rich set of digital functionalities and communication interfaces (including MIPI I3C) complete the features of this new worldwide reference device.

High-performance, 3-axis accelerometer with small footprint and advanced features

An ultra-low-power three-axis linear accelerometer embedding advanced digital functions, the LIS2DU12 has user-selectable full scales of ±2g/±4g/±8g/±16g and is capable of measuring accelerations with output data rates from 1.6 Hz to 800 Hz. Its integrated 128-level FIFO buffer allows to store a wide range of data, reducing system power consumption.

An embedded self-test capability allows the user to check that the sensor works in the final application.

The LIS2DU12 3-axis accelerometer

  • Ultra-low-power architecture with active antialiasing for the lowest current consumption on the market
  • First off-the-shelf accelerometer with an I3C interface
  • Tiny footprint ideal for wearables where system optimization is a must-have