STMicroelectronics announces worlds first sensor with embedded complex motion-recognition capabilities

STMicroelectronics today introduced the industry’s first three-axis high-resolution accelerometer, ST LIS3DSH with two embedded finite-state machines. These programmable blocks enable custom motion recognition inside the sensor, raising the bar in reducing system complexity and power consumption in motion-sensitive mobile phones and other smart consumer devices that let users answer calls, turn the ringer on or off, or launch applications like a pedometer, with a defined motion. ST’s LIS3DSH accelerometer provides extremely accurate output across full-scale ranges of ±2g/±4g/±8g/±16g and boasts excellent stability over time and temperature. Other features include power-down and sleep modes, an embedded FIFO (first-in first-out) memory block, a temperature sensor, and a self-test function.

Leveraging the same micromachining technology process that ST has successfully applied to more than 1.6 billion motion sensors already sold, ST’s LIS3DSH three-axis linear accelerometer with embedded finite-state machines will start mass production in Q1 2012, with unit pricing $1.2 in quantities of 1,000 pieces.