STMicroelectronics Unveils Next-Generation iNEMO Engine
STMicroelectronics the number one supplier of MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) sensors for consumer and portable applications, today unveiled first details of its new iNEMO Engine. An industry first, the iNEMO’s new advanced filtering and predictive software engine integrates the outputs from a 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope and 3-axis magnetometer. For many current applications, such as freefall detection, screen rotation or pedometers, a single MEMS accelerometer meets their system requirements. However, a new class of advanced applications is emerging, for example: location-based services, enhanced motion-based gaming, pedestrian dead-reckoning for indoor and multi-floor navigation, robotics or human-body tracking. These applications require multiple MEMS sensors, together with advanced software, to achieve better overall system performance in terms of accuracy, resolution, stability and response time.
The iNEMO Engine software integrates a set of highly sophisticated adaptive algorithms for prediction and filtering. The software takes data from the outputs of various motion sensors in smart consumer devices and integrates it so that the sensor outputs augment each other, leapfrogging what individual sensors can do alone.