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MEMS gyroscope upgrades system production, efficiency

Posted: 16 Sep 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:MEMS? gyroscope? analog? digital?

STMicroelectronics has launched the LY530AL MEMS gyroscope that offers a choice of analog or digital absolute angular-rate outputs, which enhance design flexibility, ease integration and save external components. With a full-scale range up to 300/s, the gyroscope measures fast angular displacements in applications such as intuitive man-machine interfaces or enhanced GPS for car navigation.

Measuring 5mm x 5mm x 1.5mm, the 16-pin LGA device also provides a power-down pin to maximize overall system efficiency to ensure very low-power use. Other features that help streamline designs include an integrated low-pass filter, on-chip IC interface, and wide-operating voltage range from 2.7V to 3.6V. At the same time, a built-in self-test capability gives correct device operation to be checked by the customer without movement.

The single-axis sensor offers stable sensitivity and output over temperature, as well as high survivability of shock and vibration, making it fit for 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.

-Gina Roos

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