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ST, PNI sensors used in Nintendo Wii U

Posted: 03 Dec 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:sensor  game console  Wii U  geomagnetic sensor  ASIC 

STMicroelectronics and US-based geomagnetic sensor manufacturer PNI Sensor Corporation announced that Nintendo has adopted an advanced sensor solution for its newly launched game console Wii U.

Nintendo Wii U uses PNI's 3-axis geomagnetic sensor, based on proprietary magneto-inductive technology and driven by ST's ASIC, together with an ST 3-axis accelerometer, enables intuitive motion sensing in gaming applications.

According to the company, the Wii U supports the need of users to enjoy intuitive motion control that is stable under various environments. The geomagnetic sensor delivers new playability in combination with other sensors. Further, the accelerometer accommodates a wide variety of players' motions in gaming.

"The collaboration of advanced sensing technology and extensive know-how in gaming motion-control from ST, who is leading the MEMS market, and impressive geomagnetic-sensing technology from PNI, has strongly supported Nintendo's challenge to deliver an entirely new kind of gaming and entertainment experience for consumers around the world," said Genyo Takeda, senior managing director, Nintendo Co., Ltd.

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