STMicroelectronics Launches Single-Chip Magnetometer, Extending Leading Sensor Portfolio for Mobile and Consumer Applications

Thu Feb 21, 2013 9:15am EST

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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[1] #_ftn1 , 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

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 operator services. 

"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

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 Windows). 

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

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 2012, the Company's net revenues were $8.49 billion. Further information on ST can be found at .

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[1] #_ftnref1  IHS: MEMS H2 2012 Special Report


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