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STMicroelectronics releases ‘super-high-resolution’ motion-tracking sensor for automotive applications

STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor company, has introduced the automotive-grade ASM330LHH six-axis inertial sensor for “super-high-resolution motion tracking in advanced vehicle navigation and telematics applications”.

STMicroelectronics says the sensor is designed to serve demands for continuous, accurate vehicle location to support automated services, and “lets advanced dead-reckoning algorithms calculate precise position from sensor data if satellite signals are blocked”.

This often happens in urban canyons, tunnels, covered roadways, parking garages, or dense forests, says STMicroelectronics, adding that its advanced, low-noise, temperature-stable design enables dependable telematics services such as e-tolling, tele-diagnostics, and e-Call assistance. 

Precision inertial data in six axes also meets the needs of advanced automated-driving systems.

Magneti Marelli has selected the ASM330LHH for advanced telematics systems, to be fitted as original equipment by global automotive groups in upcoming vehicle ranges.

For the ASM330LHH, as with all its MEMS sensors, ST owns the entire manufacturing process, from designing the sensors, through wafer fabrication, packaging, test, calibration, and supply.

Full end-to-end control enables ST to create high-performing sensors and assure customers of a robust and responsive supply chain, with rigorous end-of-line quality screening.

Andrea Onetti, analog, MEMS and sensors group vice president, STMicroelectronics, says: “ST is the largest supplier of MEMS sensors for automotive non-safety applications, such as navigation and telematics.”

The source given for the claim by Onetti is IHS Market Tracker Automotive MEMS H1 2017.

Onetti adds: “Our latest-generation inertial sensor, the automotive-grade ASM330LHH, enables precise positioning for safer, smarter driving.”

Engineering samples will be available for evaluation by Q3 2018, and volume production will begin the following quarter. Pricing starts at $5.00 for orders of 1,000 pieces.