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Posted: September 12, 2008

Ultra-Compact MEMS Gyroscope Provides Analog and Digital Outputs for Design Flexibility and System Partitioning

(Nanowerk News) By providing a choice of analog or digital absolute angular-rate outputs, the LY530AL MEMS gyroscope from STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a world leader in MEMS, enhances design flexibility, eases integration and saves external components. With a full-scale range up to +/-300 degrees/second, the new ST gyroscope measures fast angular displacements in applications such as intuitive man-machine interfaces or enhanced GPS for car navigation.
Measuring 5 x 5 x 1.5 mm, the 16-pin LGA device also has a power-down pin to maximize overall system efficiency ensuring very low power consumption. Other features that streamline design and save components 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 LY530AL is a single-axis sensor leveraging ST’s proven MEMS technology to achieve stable sensitivity and output over temperature, as well as high survivability of shock and vibration. Hence 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.
Samples of the LY530AL, in RoHS-compliant ECOPACK® packaging, are available immediately from $2.50 per unit. Full production is scheduled for Q4 2008.
About STMicroelectronics
STMicroelectronics is a global leader in developing and delivering semiconductor solutions across the spectrum of microelectronics applications. An unrivalled combination of silicon and system expertise, manufacturing strength, Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio and strategic partners positions the Company at the forefront of System-on-Chip (SoC) technology and its products play a key role in enabling today's convergence markets. The Company's shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange, on Euronext Paris and on the Milan Stock Exchange. In 2007, the Company's net revenues were $10 billion. Further information on ST can be found at www.st.com.
Source: STMicroelectronics (press release)
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