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Tiny Nine-Axis Motion Sensor for Wearables Launched by Bosch Sensortec

21 June 2016

Bosch Sensortec has introduced what it claims is the smallest nine-axis microelectromechanical system (MEMS) designed for space-constrained applications such as fitness trackers and smart jewelry, as well as smartphones and virtual reality devices.

The BMX160 motion sensor combines an accelerometer, gyroscope and geomagnetic sensor housed in a compact 2.5 x 3.0 x 0.95 mm package. Bosch says the tiny MEMS device is suited for wearable applications where power consumption and extreme form factor restraints are the key factors.

The BMX160 MEMS is housed in a 2.5 x 3.0 x 0.95 mm package suited for small wearable applications. Source: Bosch Sensortec The BMX160 MEMS is housed in a 2.5 x 3.0 x 0.95 mm package suited for small wearable applications. Source: Bosch Sensortec Reducing power consumption to below 1.5 milliamperes (mA), the sensor enables Android-based wearables that rely on information such as device orientation, magnetic heading or the gravity vector. The sensor also supports 3-D indoor mapping and smartphone-optimized virtual reality applications.

Bosch Sensortec says the motion sensor replaces the present mainstream two-component workaround by offering three sensors in one package.

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