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6-Axis OIS IMUs: InvenSense IMU in iPhone 7 Plus and STMicroelectronics LSM6DSM

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Complete reports and comparison of the latest generation of inertial measurement units for consumer optical image stabilization applications

Inertial measurement units (IMUs) for optical image stabilization (OIS) are a new technology adopted by the main suppliers of high-end smartphones. Two main companies produce them: InvenSense and STMicroelectronics, both of whom have developed a new generation of IMU dedicated to OIS, which goes on smartphones’ motherboards. InvenSense’s latest customized version can be found in  the iPhone 7 Plus, as usual.
The 6-axis IMUs are located on the motherboards of high-end smartphones and other consumer products, which constrains their size, and more importantly their power consumption.

Until recently, the main trend for OIS was to integrate a 2-axis gyro in the camera module in addition to the IMU located on the main board. But now, there is a new trend towards offering a complete mainboard IMU featuring the OIS function, and so both InvenSense and STMicroelectronics have released devices that do this.

InvenSense has been the first to integrate its OIS IMU device in an actual consumer product, with a custom version for the Apple iPhone 6. In the iPhone 7 Plus, Apple uses a new custom version of the InvenSense ICM-20600 in a 3x3mm 16-pin package compared to a 2.5x3mm 14-pin package. 
STMicroelectronics has released the LSM6DSM, providing a smaller device with a footprint of 2.5x3mm. The LSM6DSM aimed to replace the former combination of the IMU LSM6DS3 and the 2-Axis gyro L2G2IS.

Ultimately, both players can offer very low cost OIS IMUs thanks to die size reduction and process optimization. Both analyzed IMUs are a combined 6-axis X, Y, Z accelerometer and gyroscope.

System Plus Consulting has analyzed the devices in two reports, which can be purchased separately or together in order to compare the technology and pricing of the main smartphone OIS IMUs, including the previous generations. The bundle features a complete comparison with technical choices, performance studies and cost estimations. It will show the differences, highlighting which is the leading-edge company in accelerometer and gyroscope design.

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Table of contents

Overview / Introduction

Company profile & Supply Chain

Physical Analysis

> Package
- Package views and dimensions
- Package opening
- Package cross-section

> ASIC Die
- View, dimensions, and marking
- Delayering and process
- Cross-section

> MEMS Die
- View, dimensions, and marking
- Cap Removed
- Sensing Area
- Cross-sections (Sensor, Cap, Sealing)



Manufacturing Process Flow

> ASIC front-end process
> ASIC wafer fabrication unit
> MEMS process flow
> MEMS wafer fabrication unit
> Packaging process flow
> Package assembly unit






















Cost Analysis

> Yields hypotheses
> ASIC front-end cost
> ASIC back-end 0: probe test and dicing
> ASIC wafer and die cost
> MEMS front-end cost
> MEMS back-end 0: probe test and dicing
> MEMS front-end cost per process steps
> MEMS wafer and die cost
> Back-end: packaging cost
> Back-end: packaging cost per process steps
> Back-end: final test cost
> IMU component cost



Estimated Sales Price


Comparison with InvenSense IMU MP67B and Sensor Hub ICM-30360

Comparison with STMicroelectronics LSM6DS3 and LSM6DSL



About the authors


System Plus Consulting specializes in the cost analysis of electronics, from semiconductor devices to electronic systems.


Created more than 20 years ago, System Plus Consulting has developed a complete range of services, costing tools and reports to deliver in-depth production cost studies and estimate the objective selling price of a product.


System Plus Consulting engineers are experts in:

  • Integrated Circuits 
  • Power Devices & Modules 
  • MEMS & Sensors
  • Photonics 
  • LED 
  • Imaging 
  • Display 
  • Packaging 
  • Electronic Boards & Systems.

Through hundreds of analyses performed each year, System Plus Consulting offers deep added-value reports to help its customers understand their production processes and determine production costs. Based on System Plus Consulting’s results, manufacturers are able to compare their production costs to those of competitors.

System Plus Consulting is a sister company of Yole Développement.


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  • Detailed photos

  • Precise measurements

  • Material analysis

  • Manufacturing process flow

  • Supply chain evaluation

  • Manufacturing cost analysis

  • Estimated sales price

  • Comparison between STMicroelectronics and InvenSense OIS IMU

  • Comparison between devices in STMicroelectronics’ IMU portfolio

  • Comparison with InvenSense’s previous custom IMU in Apple’s iPhone 6S