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New Miniature 6-Axis Inertial Measurement Unit from STMicroelectronics
New Unit is Ideal for In-Dash Car Navigation Systems
STMicroelectronics have released the industry's smallest 6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) qualified for
Automotive applications with low-noise and improved output resolution.
The tiny ASM330LXH IMU is ideal for in-dash car-navigation solutions that require accurate and
reliable inertial sensors to optimize positioning and direction,
even in the absence of a strong GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) signal.
Weak or intermittent satellite signals are common in urban areas, tunnels, and parking garages,
where direct visibility of the satellites may be blocked.
Multi-axis gyroscopes and accelerometers, like the 6-axis ASM330LXH, empower
sophisticated Dead Reckoning software algorithms that calculate current position from a previously determined location updated by time,
acceleration, and change of direction.
The new device also targets on-board units for electronic road tolling and other vehicle telematics systems.
“Having built its 8" MEMS manufacturing line in 2006 and introduced the world's first automotive-qualified
3-axis MEMS gyroscope for non-safety applications in 2012, ST is fortifying its market leadership with the
introduction of this 6-axis IMU that is accurate and reliable despite its small size,” said Anton Hofmeister,
STMicroelectronics Group Vice President and General Manager Custom MEMS Division.
According to IHS, the market for automotive MEMS devices increased 13% last year,
indicating sensor penetration rates that continue to grow faster than the growth of passenger vehicles.
The company's Web site address is http://www.st.com/.
[Reprinted with kind permission from STMicroelectronics - Release Date 30th October, 2014]