Freescale Semiconductor’s (NYSE: FSL) 12-axis Xtrinsic sensor hub platform, offering advanced sensor fusion capabilities, has been certified by Microsoft ® as meeting its requirements for Windows ® 8 OS-based portable devices. The solution recently has been integrated into next-generation Windows 8 OS-based ultra books and hybrid PCs from major manufacturers, planned for release later this quarter. ABI Research forecasts that the use of MEMS-based sensors (like those in Freescale’s 12-axis Xtrinsic sensor platform for Windows 8) in smart portable devices will continue to grow throughout the next five years. By 2017, the revenue for MEMS sensors in smartphones is forecast to reach $4.4 billion, and revenue from media tablets will grow to nearly $835 million. “Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system expands the capability for running smartphone and tablet applications with the computing power of a PC,” said Seyed Paransun, vice president and general manager of Freescale’s Sensor & Actuator Solutions Division. “Freescale is prepared with Xtrinsic technology to serve these high-growth segments.” Freescale’s 12-axis Xtrinsic sensor platform for Windows 8 is a comprehensive solution comprised of critical hardware and software components that allow designers to quickly and easily develop smarter, more accurate portable devices. Microsoft certification helps assure users will experience a plug-and-play solution that reduces integration complexity and enables faster time to market. Freescale’s 12-axis Xtrinsic sensor platform for Windows 8 includes a 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis magnetometer, precision altimeter, pressure and temperature sensor, an analog ambient light sensor and selection of compatible gyroscopes. Freescale’s ColdFire+ MCF51JU128VHS microcontroller acts as a sensor hub, providing sensor data collection, computational capability and host interface functionality to provide sensor fusion aligned to Windows 8 requirements. The platform leverages the individual strengths of each sensor to synthesize environmental inputs, such as motion, location and ambient light, into more accurate outputs, resulting in an enhanced user experience with a more reliable and sensitive device. These sensor fusion tasks are offloaded from the host processor to the Freescale sensor hub, thus enabling more customizable and efficient solutions that support longer device battery life.
Pricing and availabilityFreescale is offering the RDFXWIN8USB board that contains an Xtrinsic MMA8451Q accelerometer, Xtrinsic FXMS3110CDR1 magnetometer, Xtrinsic MPL3115A2 precision altimeter, along with other sensors and a dedicated MCF51JU128VHS MCU, complemented with a fully featured, Windows 8-aligned software library for comprehensive sensor fusion. The RDFXWIN8USB is expected to begin shipping in Q4 2012 for $199 (USD). For more information, visit: www.freescale.com/Windows8. Tweet this: @Freescale 12-axis #Xtrinsic sensor platform certified for #Windows 8 requirements for sensor fusion www.freescale.com/Windows8 A proven leader in sensing solutions Expanding on its more than 30-year heritage of sensor innovation, Freescale's Xtrinsic sensing solutions are designed with the right combination of high-performance sensing capability, processing capacity and customizable software to help deliver smart, differentiated sensing applications. With Xtrinsic sensing solutions, Freescale’s vision is to offer a diverse and differentiated product portfolio to meet the expanding needs of the automotive, consumer and industrial segments. Xtrinsic solutions offer distinct blends of functionality and intelligence designed to help customers differentiate and win in highly competitive markets. About Freescale Semiconductor Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL) is a global leader in embedded processing solutions, providing industry leading products that are advancing the automotive, consumer, industrial and networking markets. From microprocessors and microcontrollers to sensors, analog integrated circuits and connectivity – our technologies are the foundation for the innovations that make our world greener, safer, healthier and more connected. Some of our key applications and end-markets include automotive safety, hybrid and all-electric vehicles, next generation wireless infrastructure, smart energy management, portable medical devices, consumer appliances and smart mobile devices. The company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing and sales operations around the world. www.freescale.com Freescale and the Freescale logo are trademarks of Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off. Xtrinsic is a trademark of Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. Microsoft is the registered trademark of Microsoft Corp. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners. © 2012 Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.