STMicroelectronics (News - Alert) is exhibiting its portfolio of innovative technology solutions for mobile communications at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, taking place from February 27 to March 1, 2012. The company’s offerings include currently available solutions and the latest in the range of advanced solutions for development of key applications.
The company will unveil a new delivery approach for bringing Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) to mobile phones. OIS leverages motion sensors of a mobile device in the management of mechanical actuator to balance out even the slightest movement of a user's hand. This helps in delivery of images that are sharper even under poor lighting. This new approach uses actuators made of Shape Memory Alloys (SMA (News - Alert)) that contract upon heating which allows for a more compact, powerful and quiet unit.
ST will also introduce a solution which combines data from motion sensors along with other data picked up from map databases and Wi-Fi access points to help improve calculation of positions accurately. The solution has been designed with a iNEMO Inertial Measurement Unit which supports 10 degrees of freedom based up on the three-axis sensing of linear, angular and magnetic motion in addition to taking in temperature and barometer/altitude readings as well. Additionally, ST will exhibit other solutions for motion sensing which include the inertial pointer for man-machine interfaces as well as the recently introduced iNEMO Body Motion Reconstruction technology for clinical and sports medicine applications and gaming applications.
ST will also be exhibiting its suite of “mobile experience” enhancing sensing, power management, multimedia, protection and security solutions at MWC. A new smart-phone ready version of the Pico Projector jointly being developed by ST and bTendo will also be introduced at the conference. The Pico Projector is based on the Scanning Laser Projection engine technology of bTendo and MEMS (Micro-Electro Mechanical Systems) expertise, video processing expertise as well as semiconductor process technology from ST. This new technology can be incorporated into a smartphone or any other portable device to make it easy for users to share their images and videos by projecting the images on any surface. Smartphones featuring this new technology are expected to hit the marketplace in 2013.
Edited by Rich Steeves