STMicroelectronics : 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, February 21, 2013 - 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^, 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
"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
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.
ST is a global leader in the semiconductor market serving customers across the
spectrum of sense and power and automotive products and embedded processing
solutions. From energy 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 life.augmented.
In 2012, the Company's net revenues were $8.49 billion. Further information on
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