Mobile World Congress, Barcelona — Freescale Semiconductor has introduced its MMA8450Q accelerometer, a highly accurate, power-efficient solution that extends battery life for smart mobile devices and captures precise movement via highly sensitive gesture and orientation detection capabilities.
The accelerometer is designed for next-generation mobile devices, such as smartphones and smartbooks, which require an ideal blend of performance, portability and battery life to satisfy market requirements.
The device offers a broad range of embedded and highly configurable functions designed to help OEMs address specific product requirements, including orientation, tap, double tap, jolt, freefall and shake detection capabilities.
According to a recent iSuppli report, the microelectromechanical system (MEMS) market is expected to reach $8.3 billion by 2012, up from $5.6 billion in 2006.
The MMA8450Q sensor features 12-bit digital resolution and is contained in a compact, 3- x 3- x 1-mm package. It offers intelligent data management capabilities, with an internal first-in/first-out (FIFO) 32-samples/axis (X-, Y- and Z-axis) memory buffer engineered to improve overall system power savings and response time by offloading functions from the host processor. Using the FIFO buffer along with the embedded functions can allow the end processor to analyze only the required data, while at the same time helping to protect from the possibility of data loss when multiplexing other sensors on the same I2C bus.
Configurable power saving modes and auto-wake/sleep capability help designers achieve optimal current consumption. The extensive configurability for each of the embedded functions that can be tied to the auto-wake/sleep function can enable context-aware products for more power efficiency.
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