ST is contributing pre-validated software to OEMs for its MEMS and other sensing devices to deliver advanced features to next generation smartphones, connected PCs, IoT, and wearables. Recently, Qualcomm Technologies pre-selected ST’s latest high-accuracy, low-power, motion-tracking IC with intelligent sensor software, along with a pressure sensor, for use in its latest advanced 5G mobile reference platforms.
The motion-tracking sensor, the new iNEMO LSM6DST is a 6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) that integrates a 3-axis digital accelerometer and a 3-axis gyroscope into a compact and efficient System-in-Package. Said to have the industry’s lowest power consumption - 0.55mA in high-performance mode and as little as 4mA in Accelerometer-only mode - the LSM6DST has been designed to enable always-on high-accuracy motion tracking with minimal impact on power consumption.
In concert with ST’s low-noise (0.65Pa), high-accuracy (±0.5hPa), and industry-first I3C-enabled LPS22HH pressure sensor, the pair provides highly accurate location tracking while meeting the most restrictive power budgets.
For imaging applications, the LSM6DST fully supports EIS and OIS (Electronic and Optical Image Stabilization) applications as the module includes a dedicated configurable signal processing path for OIS and auxiliary SPI, configurable for both the gyroscope and accelerometer and, in turn, the Auxiliary SPI and primary interface (SPI / I²C & MIPI I3CSM) can configure the OIS.
Benefiting from ST’s low-power ThELMA process technology, the LSM6DST supports and simplifies integration in low-power circuit designs and offers I²C, MIPI I3C or SPI from the sensing element to the application. It also contains a 9-kbyte FIFO to allow dynamic data batching and 16 finite state machines that recognize programmed data sequences from the sensor and further reduce system-level power consumption.
.“Having worked closely with Qualcomm Technologies for many years, we’ve been able to assure sensor performance that meets the demanding requirements of next-generation mobile and wearable devices and software solutions that can be used with the Qualcomm Sensor Execution Environment.
"These include advanced features, such as hinge- or fold-angle detection for smartphones and Mobile PCs, and enable the seamless integration and faster time-to-market of these features that customers across the globe require,” said Andrea Onetti, Group VP and General Manager, MEMS Sensor Division, STMicroelectronics. “Combining the industry’s lowest-power high-accuracy IMU with our high-precision, robust, and extremely stable-over-time-and-temperature pressure sensor, can enable the best possible location accuracy to meet e911 and eCall requirements.”