Miniature 9-Axis Inertial Module with 32-bit Processing Unit from STMicroelectronics Boosts Realism and Accuracy in Gaming, Robotics and Navigation
MEMS leader unveils a compact 9 degrees-of-freedom motion-sensing module with powerful processing capabilities
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and the leading supplier of MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) for consumer and portable applications1, has introduced INEMO-M1, a smart multi-sensor module offering 9-degrees-of-freedom 2sensing and a 32-bit processing unit. The integration of complex motion and magnetic sensing with powerful processing capabilities and dedicated software in a miniaturized module brings an extraordinary degree of realism to Gaming, Human Machine Interface, Robotics, Portable Navigation Devices, and Patient Monitoring.
"INEMO-M1 combines 9 degrees-of-freedom sensing with motion-data processing capabilities and a dedicated sensor-fusion algorithm," said Matteo Lo Presti, Group Vice President in STMicroelectronics' Industrial & Multisegment Sector. "This fully integrated and flexible solution is set to augment user experiences in a wide variety of applications, including gaming, augmented reality, optical image stabilization, advanced navigation, robotics and body motion reconstruction."
The INEMO-M1 is the first member of the new System-on-Board family built around ST's award-winning 3 iNEMO smart multi-sensor technology. The compact 13 x 13 x 2mm unit integrates a 6-axis geomagnetic sensor, a 3-axis gyroscope, and an STM32, ST's market-leading ARM-Cortex based 32-bit microcontroller. The iNEMO module offers a wide range of interfaces, including USB 2.0, CAN, USART, SPI, I2C, analog-to-digital channels for external inputs, and flexible power-supply options.
The INEMO-M1 module forms the core of the sensor nodes in ST's recently unveiled smart-suit prototype for Inertial Body Motion Reconstruction that recognizes complex movements of the wearer's body and translates them to a digital model with outstanding precision and speed.
IHS iSuppli, a market research firm, forecasts the market for 9-axis sensor fusion 4 in handsets and media tablets to exceed $1.3 billion by 2015.
ST's INEMO-M1 System-on-Board is sampling now to select customers and volume production is scheduled for Q2 2012. Please contact your ST sales office for pricing options and sample requests.