STMicroelectronics Introduces World's Smallest 3-Axis Digital Gyroscope
GENEVA, Dec. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 applications, has expanded its motion-sensing portfolio with the addition of the market's smallest three-axis digital-output gyroscope. ST's L3G3200D enables advanced motion sensing in ever-shrinking form factors of next-generation mobile phones, tablets and other smart consumer devices, by reducing the package size by almost half over current-generation sensors.
Leveraging a well-consolidated single-sensing structure, the new 3 x 3.5 x 1 mm gyroscope exhibits excellent robustness and immunity to mechanical stress, along with outstanding temperature stability to deliver high-performance motion measurement along all three orthogonal axes.
Addressing power constraints in battery-operated portable devices, ST's new gyroscope includes power-down and sleep modes, and an embedded FIFO (first-in first-out) memory block for smarter power management. It can operate with any supply voltage over the range of 2.4 to 3.6V with selectable full-scale ranges of plus or minus 250/500/2000 dps.
The L3G3200D gyroscope provides a 16-bit data output on the interrupt and data-ready lines and it integrates low- and high-pass filters with user-selectable bandwidth. The device operates over an extended temperature range from -40 degrees C to +85 degrees C and includes a temperature sensor with an 8-bit data output.
Samples of ST's L3G3200D gyroscope are available now. Unit pricing is $2.53 in quantities of 1,000 pieces. Further pricing options are available for larger quantities. For more information on ST's complete MEMS portfolio see www.st.com/mems.
STMicroelectronics is a global leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications with innovative semiconductor solutions. ST aims to be the undisputed leader in multimedia convergence and power applications leveraging its vast array of technologies, design expertise and combination of intellectual property portfolio, strategic partnerships and manufacturing strength. In 2010, the Company's net revenues were $10.35 billion. Further information on ST can be found at www.st.com.
 IHS iSuppli: H1 2011 Consumer and Mobile MEMS Market Tracker, August 2011
 There are three main types of angular motion: yaw is rotation around the vertical axis; roll is rotation around the front-to-back axis and pitch is the rotation around the side-to-side axis.