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STMicroelectronics Targets Smaller, Smarter Electronics With New Advanced 9-Axis Movement/Position Sensor

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GENEVA, Jan. 7, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and the world's top MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) manufacturer 1 with more than 900 MEMS-related patents and patent applications worldwide, has revealed its most advanced module for 9-axis movement and position sensing in next-generation mobiles and tiny wearable devices.

Delivering enhanced performance with reduced power demand, in a 3.5mm x 3mm outline, which is almost 35% smaller than previous generations, the LSM9DS1 module supports the context awareness needed for features such as gesture controls, indoor navigation, and augmented reality. Its small size and battery efficiency, achieved by using ST's latest low-noise sensor technology, enhance the usability and comfort of wearable devices by reducing bulk and extending battery life between charges. In addition, greater positional resolution enhances the stability and precision of applications such as smart-TV remotes, game controllers, and wearable sports or medical sensors.

"This tiny, high-performance 9-axis module leverages our latest MEMS technology to enable a wide variety of position-sensing and movement-tracking applications in next-generation mobile and wearable devices," said Benedetto Vigna, Executive Vice President and General Manager Analog, MEMS & Sensors Group, STMicroelectronics. "With 30% higher magnetometer resolution, 20% lower power and a footprint more than one-third smaller than other devices, designers have extra freedom to establish new form factors and improve stability and performance."

Engineering samples of the LSM9DS1 are available now, in the 3.5mm x 3mm LGA leadless package, and budgetary unit pricing is $2.70 for orders over 1,000 pieces.

Further technical information:

The LSM9DS1 contains a 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope and 3-axis magnetometer, all fabricated using ST's latest MEMS process technology. These sensors detect linear acceleration, angular rate and magnetic field to provide complete position- and movement-sensing data. Moreover, they are well integrated and synchronized to provide true 9-degree-of-freedom sensing rather than separate, uncoordinated data inputs. On the other hand, each sensor can be powered-down individually with automatic wake-up, allowing extra-smart power management.

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