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STMicroelectronics partners with Movea

Posted: 24 Sep 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:STMicroelectronics  Movea  SmartMotion  STM32F401 

STMicroelectronics and Movea, a provider of data-fusion and motion-processing technologies, have partnered to integrate Movea's SmartMotion technology into the STM32F401 microcontroller operating as a low-power sensor-hub controller.

The integration of Movea's motion-processing models into the STM32F401 will enable mobile-device manufacturers and application developers to deliver compelling context-aware applications and services, such as pedestrian navigation, activity monitoring and more, said STMicroelectronics.

Michel Buffa, general manager microcontroller division, STMicroelectronics said, "This effort highlights the value of our STM32F4 implementation, as it delivers extremely accurate sensor fusion that is optimised for mobile usage. Embedding Movea IP in an STM32F401 will offload sensor-hub tasks from the application processor, reducing overall power consumption and opening a new world of opportunities for the smart mobile devices of tomorrow."

Movea's sensor-hub software and firmware gathers data from an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a magnetometer, and a pressure sensor. But using the sensor inputs in aggregate Movea turns that data into information on 3D orientation, into a 3D compass, a gesture lexicon, and so on. Movea is supplying support software for both Android and Windows applications.

The STM32F401 line is based on a Cortex-M4 core from ARM running at clock frequencies up to 84MHz and comes with a memory interface proprietary to ST and in a package as small as 3mmX3mm.

The addition of Movea software will allow the users to launch applications using gestures when holding their phones and without having to unlock them. Movea also offers Pedestrian Dead Reckoning software that helps track movement and provides a key input to location-based services.

The STM32F401 with SmartMotion technology and tools will be available in Q4 2013.

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