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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.
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