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ST Microelectronics launches single-chip magnetometer, extending sensor portfolio for mobile and consumer applications

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World-leading semiconductors specialist and supplier of MEMS sensors for consumer and portable applications, ST Microelectronics introduces a new range of high-performance magnetometers to its MEMS sensor portfolio.

The launch of the new standalone 3-axis magnetometer completes ST’s range of magnetic, acceleration and gyroscopic sensors to deliver ultimate design flexibility.

Delivering high performance in a small package, the new 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 in the absence of satellite signals.

Measuring just 2x2x1mm, the new LIS3MDL magnetometer enables ST to offer 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 accelerometers or 3-axis MEMS gyroscopes 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.

According to Fabio Pasolini, General Manager, Motion MEMS Division, ST Microelectronics, by introducing their first discrete magnetometer and offering high performance and low power consumption, the company is able to offer customers a complete range of standalone and integrated miniature sensors.

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