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

Thu Feb 21, 2013 9:55am EST

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  GENEVA, Feb 21 (Marketwire) -- 
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], 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
available.

    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 performance."

    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 office.

    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 www.st.com.

    [1] IHS: MEMS H2 2012 Special Report

    ST Single-Chip Magnetometer:
http://hugin.info/152740/R/1679939/548746.pdf 
 ST Single-Chip
Magnetometer_IMAGE: http://hugin.info/152740/R/1679939/548747.jpg 

    

For Press Information Contact:

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

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