STMicroelectronics Extends Market-Leading MEMS Portfolio With World's Smallest eCompass Module for Smoother and Smarter

STMicroelectronics Extends Market-Leading MEMS Portfolio With World's Smallest 
eCompass Module for Smoother and Smarter Functionality 
2mm x 2mm Precision Orientation Sensor Combo Enhances Freedom to
Optimize System Performance and Create New Miniaturized Form Factors 
GENEVA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/24/13 --  STMicroelectronics (NYSE:
STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the
spectrum of electronics applications, the world's top MEMS
(Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) manufacturer, and the leading
supplier of MEMS devices for consumer and mobile applications[1], has
leveraged its investment in advanced MEMS technology to create the
world's smallest eCompass combining a 3-axis accelerometer and 3-axis
magnetometer in a single package. 
Measuring just 2mm x 2mm, the tiny chip, used for advanced navigation
and motion-sensitive features in products such as smartphones, is
nearly 20% smaller than similar devices. 
Even the smallest space savings can be precious inside a smartphone,
activity-monitoring bracelet or smart watch, and ST's new LSM303C
eCompass saves almost 1mm2 of pc-board space compared to the closest
competing device. This helps designers to optimize their component
layout and minimize Wi-Fi(R), Bluetooth(R) and cellular radio
interference thereby improving the performance of applications like
indoor navigation or advanced motion tracking. For other smart
consumer and professional applications, including wearable devices,
the LSM303C's size advantage enables smaller form factors. In
addition, the package of this combined accelerometer and magnetometer
is board-compatible with ST's 12-lead pure-accelerometer devices,
allowing designers to quickly enhance or upgrade the features of more
basic products. 
The LSM303C integrates a high-performance three-axis magnetic field
sensor with a state-of-the-art three-axis accelerometer to provide an
accurate orientation signal at its 16-bit digital output. With a
full-scale magnetic-field strength range of +/-16 Gauss or +/-1600
microTesla (uT), the magnetic-field sensor has a wider dynamic range
than alternative devices.  
The accelerometer has selectable full-scale range of +/-2, +/-4 or
+/-8g, and combines high resolution with state-of-the-art output
accuracy. The LSM303C also has advanced power management, thermal
compensation, a wide analog supply-voltage range, and programmable
interrupt generators for movement, free-fall and magnetic-field
detection helping streamline system design. The low noise level and
low power consumption of the LSM303C also help simplify software
design by allowing motion applications to operate continuously.  
The LSM303C can be combined with a discrete miniature gyroscope from
ST's large MEMS portfolio, such as the 3mm x 3mm L3GD20H, to achieve
9-axis sensing in equipment such as high-end smartphones, gaming
controllers or sports monitors. ST's sensor portfolio comprises
discrete accelerometers, magnetic-field sensors and gyroscopes,
digital compasses such as the new LSM303C, integrated inertial
modules with 6 or 9 degrees of freedom, ARM(R)-based smart sensors,
the iNEMO Engine sensor-fusion software suite, and the iNEMO-M1 small
form-factor system on board. 
"As the world's smallest eCompass, the LSM303C is ideal for use in
all smartphones and innovative context-sensitive devices used
throughout the home, workplace, wellness and leisure activities.
Moreover, when used together with our MEMS gyroscopes, it can support
even more advanced movement and position-related functionality," said
Fabio Pasolini, General Manager, Motion MEMS Division,
STMicroelectronics. "This tiny new sensor extends our MEMS portfolio,
which continues to maintain its industry-leading position based on
early and sustained investment in the technology." 
ST is sampling the LSM303C now, and will begin mass producing devices
in the 2mm x 2mm x 1mm LGA package in December 2013. Pricing will
start at $1.10 for orders over 1,000 pieces. 
For further information on ST's digital compasses please go to
www.st.com/ecompass-pr. 
About STMicroelectronics
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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 ST can be found at www.st.com. 
[1] source: IHS, MEMS H2 2012 special report 
STMicroelectronics eCompass:
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For Press Information Contact:
STMicroelectronics
Michael Markowitz
Director Technical Media Relations
+1 781 591 0354
michael.markowitz@st.com 
 
 
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