Friday, May 6, 2011

STMicroelectronics Offers the World’s Smallest and Most Accurate Location-Placing Solution

Ten-Degrees-of-Freedom sensor set gives precise directions from any place on Earth

Geneva, May 06, 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 1, today announced a complete hardware solution for advanced sensing applications with 10 degrees of freedom (DoF)2 . A set of three thin, high-performance MEMS sensors provides accurate and comprehensive information on linear, angular and magnetic motion together with altitude readings, enabling enhanced navigation and smarter user interface in mobile phones and other portable consumer devices.

An emerging new class of mobile consumer applications, such as location-based services and pedestrian dead-reckoning for indoor and multi-floor navigation, require rather complex sensing capabilities. By using just three ST MEMS sensors - a geo-magnetic module, a gyroscope, and a pressure sensor – a consumer device can have a complete indication of its linear acceleration, angular velocity, earth gravity, heading and altitude. With this information, mobile users will be able to identify their direction and precise location in all three dimensions everywhere they go, including in places with no or low GPS signal, such as inside buildings in urban canyons or in mountainous and forested terrain.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Sound Terminal IC from STMicroelectronics Rocks the House in Miniaturized High-Performance Audio

New Sound Terminal™ IC delivers industry’s first audio System-on-Chip enabling ultimate slim-line style for heatsink-free 50W systems

Geneva, May 05, 2011 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and a leading supplier of high-performance audio ICs, expects its latest Sound Terminal™ digital audio System-on-Chip (SoC) to be at the core of even slimmer home audio designs, as the first device of its type supporting up to 50W of output power with no external heatsink required.

With high-end audio now a mainstream lifestyle market, catalyzed by desirables such as must-have personal music players and high-definition multimedia, consumers expect audiophile sound quality from fashionable home tech such as music docks, sound bars and digital active speakers. Highly efficient class-D amplifiers, which produce very little heat, have played a central role in enabling the miniature heatsink and enclosure sizes common to these types of products. ST’s latest Sound Terminal IC, the STA350BW, takes this efficiency to a new level, allowing heatsink-free design up to 50W for ultimate slim-line styling.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

New-Generation Microprocessor from STMicroelectronics Enables Compelling User Interfaces and Multimedia in Computing and Industrial Applications

Integration of two ARM Cortex-A9 cores and hardware graphics/video processing delivers outstanding performance

Geneva, May 04, 2011 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and a world leader in developing and delivering systems-on-chips, today introduced its new embedded microprocessor with advanced multimedia capabilities. The latest addition to ST’s dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 microprocessor family, the SPEAr1340 targets a broad range of smart connected devices, from high-resolution video-conferencing to intelligent displays and web-connected devices.

ST’s SPEAr1340 integrates a powerful ARM Mali 200 graphics processing unit for advanced 2D and 3D acceleration in user interfaces, navigation systems, browsing, and gaming. The new device also embeds a hardware video encoder and a decoder supporting major compression standards (including H.264, AVS and VP8), with video resolution up to 1080p and 30 frames per second. The SPEAr1340 can also handle multiple concurrent video flows (4 camera inputs available) in multimedia-intensive applications like surveillance video cameras.