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Aug 26th, 2011
STMicroelectronics delivers the ultimate in motion-sensing realism with new digital gyroscope
Superior sensor resolution couples with audio and mechanical noise immunity.
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and the leading supplier of MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) for consumer and portable applications, has expanded its motion-sensor portfolio with a new high-performance three-axis digital-output gyroscope. Housed in a 4x4x1 mm package, ST’s L3GD20 combines high sensing resolution with outstanding immunity to audio noise and vibrations, making motion-sensing user interfaces more realistic in mobile phones, tablets, game consoles, and other smart consumer devices.
Addressing power constraints in battery-operated portable devices, ST’s new gyroscope includes power-down and sleep modes and an embedded FIFO (first-in first-out) memory block for smarter power management. It can operate with any supply voltage over the range of 2.4 to 3.6V.
In addition to enabling intuitive man-machine interfaces in portable devices, ST’s gyroscopes are used for dead-reckoning and/or map-matching in enhanced navigation applications and for compensating digital video or still camera shaking for sharper shots.
The device is sampling now and volume production is scheduled for Q4 2011, with unit pricing at $2.95 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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