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6-Axis Motion Sensor for Smartphones and Tablets Introduced by STMicroelectronics

17 September 2015

STMicroelectronics has introduced a new 6-axis motion sensing microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) device for smartphones, tablets and digital still cameras.

The LSM6DS3H MEMS device combines a 3-axis gyroscope, a 3-axis accelerometer and an ultra-low-power processing circuit in a system-in-package solution. The MEMS device uses ST’s high-end gyroscopes for optical image stabilization (OIS) and dual-core gyroscopes capable of handling both user motion and gesture recognition as well as camera image stabilization.

The small, low-power MEMS device allows smartphone, tablets and other portable device manufacturers to minimize size, system complexity and cost while extending battery life in mobile image applications, ST says.

“Using smartphones to take photographs and videos at public or private events and sharing the results via social media has become an established part of our life. Very often people use the phone camera with outstretched arms, which can degrade the image quality,” says Andrea Onetti, GM of the Volume MEMS and Analog Division at ST. Onetti says this motion sensor sets to minimize the blurring of photos while at the same time extending battery life when using the camera.

The LSM6DS3H MEMS devices is available now in volume production priced at $1.61 in 1,000 unit quantities.

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