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Lowest-Power Always-On 6-Axis Inertial Motion Sensors From STMicroelectronics Make Portable Devices More Sensitive And Longer-Lasting

Geneva, Switzerland, Dec. 2, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Market's "brainiest" 6-axis MEMS device runs sensor fusion and application SW on-chip within a previously unattainable power budget

Geneva, December 2, 2013 -- STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and the worldwide technology leader for motion, environmental, audio and micro-fluidic MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems), announced today a new family of always-on 6-axis inertial motion sensors with industry-lowest power requirements, ultra-compact packaging and unprecedented design flexibility. The new family features a unique 6-axis inertial motion-sensing device that can run all sensor-related functions as well as customer-specific application software onboard while consuming up to 40% less power than existing solutions.

ST's new 6-axis sensors deliver best-in-class motion sensing that can detect orientation and gestures to empower application developers and consumers with features and capabilities more sophisticated than simply orienting their devices for portrait and landscape mode. Taking 360-degree panoramic photos simply by slowly rotating your mobile phone or scrolling through maps with a sweep of your arm are just two of many new tricks enabled by this new family of sensors.

Combining state-of-the-art motion sensing with the powerful 'brains' of an ARM® Cortex(TM) microprocessor core, the LSM6DB0 6-axis smart sensor is the latest device in ST's  iNEMO TM  smart-sensor family. It is the only device on the market that can efficiently run all of the sensor-related features specified in Android(TM) KitKat(TM) 4.4 on board - saving power, enabling faster reaction time and simplifying device design. Thanks to the open microprocessor architecture, device manufacturers can integrate their own custom sensor application software.

"If you go for a long run, you need your portable device to accurately track the whole route, without running out of power midway. The new ST sensors help avoid such mishaps by significantly reducing power consumption," said Benedetto Vigna, Executive Vice President and General Manager Analog, MEMS & Sensors Group, STMicroelectronics. "Our new iNEMO product is the market's 'brainiest' 6-axis motion-sensing device that can run all sensor-related software on-chip within previously unattainable power budgets. As a family, these new sensors offer greater convenience and value while showcasing ST's emphasis on delivering outstanding innovation and quality and benefitting from our experience in shipping hundreds of millions of inertial measurement units (IMUs)."

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