Designed as a personal weather station, the Netatmo Urban Weather Station enables users to monitor indoor and outdoor environments using a free app running on an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Android mobile device. Monitoring the environment can help users improve their indoor wellness and adapt their outdoor activities to current air quality.
ST components used in the weather station include an ST pressure sensor, 2 STM32 microcontrollers, and an ST MEMS microphone to accurately monitor environmental conditions including temperature, air pressure, and even ambient noise levels.
ST’s MEMS sensors enable motion-activated user interfaces in many popular consumer devices. Replicating the huge success in motion sensors, ST shipped more than 60 million MEMS microphones in 2012 for use in new applications such as Netatmo’s Weather Station and mobile communications.
ST’s STM32 microcontrollers are based on the industry-standard ARM Cortex‑M processor, covering 32-bit processing across the range to offer digital signal processing and industry-leading performance as well as more cost-effective replacements for 8-bit microcontrollers. All STM32 devices deliver excellent real-time capabilities and low-power, low voltage operation, along with a complete ecosystem that ensures ease of development alongside hardware and software compatibility.
According to Fred Potter, CEO, Netatmo, ST’s microcontrollers and pressure sensors allowed them to control the design with precision, focus on style and elegance. He adds that the outstanding features of ST’s MEMS and micros have helped them make their weather station not only accurate but a fun and easy way to monitor environment conditions for indoor and outdoor activities.
Benedetto Vigna, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Analog, MEMS and Sensors Group, ST Microelectronics observes that ST solutions, from sensors to secure communications, from power management to display driving and projection are enabling wave after wave of innovation in the wireless world that is changing the lives of people everywhere.