ST Micro talks up tiny gyroscope

ST Micro claims come up with the smallest three axis digital output gyroscope on the market. As usual with MEMS the product’s name isn’t very catchy – the L3G3200D – but it does mean dinkier electronics.

The device is only 3 x 3.5 x 1 mm, and the company claims it’s a robust little machine that is immune to mechanical stress and copes well with temperatures, having an extended range between -40°C and 85°C.

It also features power down and sleep modes to avoid draining batteries on the next wave of devices, and operates with any supply voltage between 2.4 to 3.6V.

The gyroscope has a 16-bit data output for interrupt and data-ready lines as well as integrating low and high pass filters with user selectable bandwidth, ST says. 

This sort of thing is aimed squarely at manufacturers who want motion sensing capabilities in their electronics and ST predicts this one will be found in next generation smartphones, tablets and other consumer devices.

ST has samples available now at $2.53 in quantities of 1,000.