STMicroelectronics Launches Single-Chip Magnetometer, Extending Leading Sensor Portfolio for Mobile and Consumer Applications

STMicroelectronics Launches Single-Chip Magnetometer, Extending Leading Sensor 
Portfolio for Mobile and Consumer Applications 
High-Performance Magnetometer Completes Range of Magnetic,
Acceleration and Gyroscopic Sensors Delivering Ultimate Design
Flexibility 
GENEVA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/21/13 --  STMicroelectronics (NYSE:
STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the
spectrum of electronic applications, the world's top MEMS
manufacturer, and the leading supplier of MEMS sensors for consumer
and portable applications[1], has added a high-performance standalone
3-axis magnetometer to its MEMS sensor portfolio. The new sensor
delivers high performance in a very small package.  
Because of its small size and high performance, the sensor is ideal
for mobile phones, tablets or personal navigation devices. ST's
standalone magnetometer is also perfectly suited to indoor navigation
applications where it reliably calculates dead-reckoning when no
satellite signal is available. 
By introducing the 2 x 2 x 1mm LIS3MDL magnetometer, ST now offers
unique flexibility for designers to implement movement and position
detection in space-constrained products such as smartphones and
personal navigation devices. The device can also be combined with
other discrete sensors from ST such as 3-axis MEMS accelerometer or
3-axis MEMS gyroscope, to build sensors with as many as 9 degrees of
freedom (DOF). 
Using ST's iNEMO Engine Sensor Fusion software, designers can further
enhance location-detection capabilities by integrating additional
miniature sensors from ST's portfolio for multiple-DOF (M-DOF)
sensing. Sensor Fusion software helps coordinate any combination of
sensors from ST's broad portfolio to create reliable, high-quality
M-DOF systems quickly and efficiently for location-based services,
enhanced motion-based gaming, and pedestrian dead-reckoning for
indoor and multi-floor navigation. For example adding a MEMS pressure
sensor, for altitude sensing, can enhance in-building accuracy, as
well as support extended smartphone functionality and location-based
operator services.  
"By introducing our first discrete magnetometer and offering high
performance and low power consumption, we can now offer customers a
complete range of standalone and integrated miniature sensors," said
Fabio Pasolini, General Manager, Motion MEMS Division,
STMicroelectronics. "Designers can partition their
multiple-degrees-of-freedom sensor designs with optimal performance." 
ST is the leading supplier of MEMS devices for consumer and mobile
applications according to IHS, with 48% of the world market for
motion sensors in mobile handsets and tablets in 2012. ST's sensors
are the most used sensors across all of the major portable operating
systems (Android, iOS, and Windows).  
Samples of the LIS3MDL are available and mass production is scheduled
for Q2 2013. Unit pricing is US$0.60 for volumes in the range of
1,000 pieces. If your company has a high-volume need, please contact
your ST sales office. 
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management and savings to trust and data security, from healthcare
and wellness to smart consumer devices, in the home, car and office,
at work and at play, ST is found everywhere microelectronics make a
positive and innovative contribution to people's life. By getting
more from technology to get more from life, ST stands for
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In 2012, the Company's net revenues were $8.49 billion. Further
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[1] IHS: MEMS H2 2012 Special Report 
ST Single-Chip Magnetometer:
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