STMicroelectronics: STMicroelectronics Automotive Accelerometer Makes the Call When in an Emergency

STMicroelectronics: STMicroelectronics Automotive Accelerometer Makes the Call
                             When in an Emergency

  New device targets automotive telematics, black box, and emergency calling



Geneva, May 29, 2014 - STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor leader
serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, and the
world's leading supplier^[1] of accelerometers, has added another "world's
first" device to its industry-leading portfolio of motion sensors. The new
AIS3624DQ, a 3-axis accelerometer with digital output, is the first to provide
a full-scale range of +/-24g (acceleration of gravity) while meeting the
automotive industry's demanding AEC-Q100 reliability stress tests.

Automotive suppliers are developing an important application to automatically
contact emergency services in the event of a collision or vehicle problem. The
application can supply potentially life-saving details such as the location of
the vehicle and the estimated severity of the problem or accident to emergency
service operators. Examples of these services include Onstar (USA), eCall
(Europe), and ERA Glonass (Russia).

"In addition to all of the amazing safety innovations already built into
today's vehicles, this tiny sensor may play a vital role in protecting the
car's occupants," said Fabio Pasolini, General Manager of the Motion MEMS
Division, STMicroelectronics. "ST's long-standing interest in augmenting
peoples' lives and our leadership in Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS)
have again come together in an important sensor that could potentially help
consumers."

The major parameters in estimating the severity of a collision include the
decelerations that occurred in all three dimensions at the moment of impact;
for instance, the ERA Glonass specification for the Russian market requires
that longitudinal accelerations up to +/-24g must be measurable with
sufficient accuracy. The AIS3624DQ brings all the benefits of ST's
market-proven stacked-chip technology to the automotive market.

STMicroelectronics solution is based on its 8" manufacturing of MEMS products
and offers a more competitive solution than the others who produce on 6".

Key features of the AIS3624DQ include:

· Selectable full-scale range: 6g / 12g / 24g

· 16-bit data output

· Two digital output lines (interrupt generators)

· 9 user-selectable Output Data Rates (ODR)

· Power down, low power and normal power modes

· SPI and I2C digital output protocols

· Embedded self-test

· [up to 10,000g shock survivability

· Temperature range: -40°C . +105°



Housed in a QFN 24L (4x4x1.8 mm^3) package, the AIS3624DQ is currently
available as engineering samples. Volume production is scheduled for Q4 2014,
with an anticipated price of $4.54 in quantities of 1,000 units.



About STMicroelectronics

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 2013, the Company's net revenues were $8.08 billion. Further information on
ST can be found at www.st.com.



STMicroelectronics Contact:

Michael Markowitz
Director Technical Media Relations
+1 781 591 0354
michael.markowitz@st.com

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[1] Source: IHS iSuppli - Q3 2013 MEMS Market Tracker

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