Friday, April 29, 2011

Mobile Compassing Gets New Push from STMicroelectronics’ Power- and Space-Saving Geo-Magnetic Modules

Geneva, April 29, 2011 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications1 and the leading supplier of MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) for consumer and portable applications, is set to accelerate the deployment of high-precision mobile compassing with the introduction of its newest geo-magnetic module. Housed inside a miniature 3 x 5 x 1 mm package with operating current consumption down to just 110 microamps, ST’s LSM303DLHC meets the size and power constraints of portable consumer applications with outstanding accuracy and performance.

The integration of high-performance motion and magnetic2 sensing, coupled with superior stability over time and temperature, makes ST’s newest digital-compass device particularly suitable for applications such as location-based services, pedestrian dead reckoning, map/display orientation, and direction finding. IHS iSuppli, a leading market research firm, expects the digital compass market to grow at a CAGR of 25%, from $208 million in 2010 up to $638 million in 2015.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

STMicroelectronics Boosts Next-Generation Basestations as Mobile Broadband Booms

Combined down-converter and synthesizer IC leverages ST process advantage to deliver cost-saving integration with optimum performance and flexibility

Geneva, April 28, 2011 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, has announced a highly integrated device enabling wireless infrastructure equipment makers to meet the demand for more flexible and compact next-generation mobile network basestations, and at lower cost. The STW82100B series will also be used in equipment such as RF (radio-frequency) instrumentation and general wireless-infrastructure applications.

Demand for broadband services is driving the fastest growth ever seen in the mobile communications industry. Mobile network operators are quickly rolling out faster (HSPA/HSPA+) services offering data rates at 14.4Mbit/s and above. Commitment to the higher-speed next-generation standard 3GPP-LTE is growing more quickly still. Infonetics Research sees market for LTE infrastructure, which requires several types of basestations, exceeding $11bn by 2014.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

New MEMS Microphones from STMicroelectronics Enhance Audio Experience in Mobile Phones and Portable Computers

Geneva, April 26, 2011 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and the leading supplier of MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) for consumer and portable applications, today introduced two new digital MEMS microphones. Combining superior sound quality with robustness and reliability at reduced size and cost, ST’s MP34DB01 and MP45DT02 microphones enable enhanced audio experience in mobile phones and portable computers, as well as in many other existing and emerging applications with a voice input.

According to iSuppli, the market for MEMS microphones for consumer electronics and mobile handsets is forecast to grow revenue at a CAGR of 24% between 2009 and 2014. The driving factors include the breakthrough in the use of noise suppression requiring multiple microphones, as well as adoption in new consumer applications beyond handsets and laptops, such as slate tablets and gaming.

ST’s MEMS microphones use best-in-class acoustic sensor technology jointly developed with OMRON 2 that is inherently less susceptible to mechanical vibration, temperature variations and electromagnetic interference, while providing high-fidelity reproduction of audio signals. Integrating ST’s electronic control circuit and OMRON’s micro-machined sensor in a single package, the microphones deliver superb audio performance at lower power consumption than traditional condenser (ECM) microphones. This optimized power consumption ensures longer battery life in portable devices for an extended user experience.