STMicroelectronics offers new ultra-compact MEMS gyroscope

September 15, 2008: STMicroelectronics says its new ultra-compact MEMS gyroscope provides design flexibility and system partitioning by providing a choice of analog or digital absolute angular-rate outputs.

The LY530AL gyroscope” has a full-scale range up to ±300 degrees/second, and measures fast angular displacements in applications such as intuitive man-machine interfaces or enhanced GPS for car navigation.

The single-axis sensor leverages ST’s MEMS technology to achieve stable sensitivity and output over temperature, as well as high survivability of shock and vibration. Measuring 5 × 5 × 1.5 , the 16-pin LGA device also has a power-down pin to maximize overall system efficiency ensuring low power consumption. Other features include an integrated low-pass filter, on-chip IC interface, and wide operating voltage range from 2.7V to 3.6V. In addition, a built-in self-test capability allows correct device operation to be verified by the customer without movement.

The device withstands demanding industrial and consumer environments, including use in game controllers, virtual reality transducers, motion controls, pointing devices, and vehicle navigation functions such as dead-reckoning and map-matching.


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