SAN JOSE, Calif. InvenSense Corp., a provider of motion sensing solutions for mobile applications, has rolled out what the company claims is the world’s smallest dual-axis gyroscope for use in addressing image quality problems in camera phones.
InvenSense (Santa Clara, Calif.) answers the camera phone industry need to accurately sense natural hand jitter. As a single-chip silicon device based on MEMS technology, InvenSense’s solution is said to be over five times smaller than competing devices that typically use an older piezo-type technology.
Proprietary wafer-level integration allows the gyroscope to meet the high-performance requirements for image stabilization applications while meeting the strict size and cost requirements of mobile handset manufacturers.
“With the introduction of 3- and 5-megapixel image sensors by all major sensor providers and the eagerness of handset makers to introduce new features that differentiate their products, image stabilization has taken a front seat,” said Steve Nasiri, president and chief executive of InvenSense, in a statement.
“The one key obstacle has been the lack of a tiny, high-performance and low-cost gyroscope suitable for sensing hand motion,” he said. “InvenSense’s IDG-1000 product family offers an integrated dual-axis gyro solution that can overcome these challenges for module makers.”
The company is ramping production of its dual-axis gyro products for the digital still camera market with volume shipments for autumn 2006 models, and is sampling image stabilization devices for camera module makers.