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Tiny 3-axis Gyroscope

STMicroelectronics has unveiled its smallest, lowest-power and highest-performance chip-scale gyroscope for advanced motion-sensing applications. ST's L3GD20H gyroscope measures only 3 x 3mm and 1mm high - the smallest available - while the Company's proven MEMS manufacturing processes deliver outstanding quality, at the industry's highest production volumes. Occupying little over half the volume of its predecessor, yet offering better resolution, higher accuracy, superior stability and faster response time, the new device enables smaller sensing mechanisms in smart consumer electronics, including mobile phones and tablets, game consoles, digital cameras and industrial tools.

The ultra-small dimensions of this gyroscope also allow experimental projects such as wearable electronics to move closer towards true practicality. One such application is the prototype smart suit that ST used to demonstrate inertial body-motion reconstruction early in 2012, which can help enhance various applications such as augmented reality, sports training aids, or medical therapy.

In addition to enabling advanced product miniaturization, ST's L3GD20H also helps conserve battery power by drawing 25% lower current than the previous generation of devices. The L3GD20H is also ready for action in only one-fifth of the time after turn on, enabling the end-user application to deliver a better overall experience. Finally, the gyroscope's output has 60% lower noise, which can help to simplify hardware and software design and speed up communication with the host system leading to faster application performance.

Features:

  • 3 x 3 x 1mm package equaling smallest in industry today; 25% lower current draw, 60% lower output noise, 80% faster turn-on
  • Three selectable full-scale ranges (245/500/2000 dps)
  • I2C/SPI two-line digital interface
  • Integrated low- and high-pass filters with user-selectable bandwidth
  • Power-down and sleep modes
  • Embedded temperature sensor and FIFO

The L3GD20H, housed in the LGA-16 leadless surface-mount package, is scheduled to begin sampling in Q3 2012 and to enter mass production in Q4 2012 priced at $2.60 in quantities of 1,000 units. Alternative pricing options for higher quantities are available on request.

STMicroelectronics
Part Number: L3GD20H

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