ST and Microsoft collaborate on sensing technologies for Windows 8-based tablets and computers
It demonstrates a complete sensor solution integrating multiple sensors with processing capabilities and dedicated software in a single module. Now in volume production, ST’s iNEMO module combines a 3-axis digital gyroscope, a 3-axis digital accelerometer, and a 3-axis digital magnetometer with a proximity sensor, a barometric pressure sensor, and an STM32 microcontroller that runs ST’s iNEMO Engine sensor-fusion algorithms and HIDs using the Intelligent Interface Controller (I2C) protocol.
“By working with Microsoft to make our sensors run on Windows 8 using the iNEMO Engine, ST’s HID sensor solution delivers plug-and-play, turn-key benefits on both x86 and ARM processors running the new operating system,” said Benedetto Vigna, Corporate Vice President and General Manager, Analog, MEMS and Sensors Product Group.
“With the Microsoft sensor driver stack and ST’s sensor-controller firmware, we have relieved equipment manufacturers of the need to develop drivers and enabled end users to enjoy the Windows 8 sensor scenarios such as screen rotation or indoor location built in Windows 8 and additional power saving through the STM32 microcontroller integrated in the iNEMO module.”
In addition to the HID sensor solution, ST also offers a Customer Driver for the upcoming Windows 8. This alternate solution uses ST’s existing Windows 7 sensor driver that is in high-volume production today. ST stated it is one of the few vendors to have received the Windows 7 motion and orientation sensor qualification.