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Freescale Semiconductor Unveils Highly Integrated Sensor Solution

Freescale Semiconductor has introduced a fully enabled 12-axis sensor development reference platform that can meet the requirements of MicrosoftWindows 8 sensor.

The sensor solution from Freescale will be demonstrated at various places such as Computex in Taipei, Taiwan from June 5 to 9; at Sensors Expo in Rosemont, Illinois from June 6 to 7; and at the Freescale Technology Forum (FTF) in San Antonio, Texas from June 18 to 21. The Freescale platform’s general availability is scheduled for third quarter of 2012.

According to the VP and General Manager of Freescale’s Sensor & Actuator Solutions Division, Seyed Paransun, the sensor solution from Freescale that supports Windows 8-based portable devices has been designed to minimize system complexity through critical hardware and software components.

The Freescale 12-axis sensor platform encompasses Xtrinsic MPL3115A2 precision altimeter, Xtrinsic MMA8451Q 3-axis accelerometer, pressure and temperature sensor, Xtrinsic MAG3110 3-axis magnetometer, and an analog ambient light sensor. It also supports specific compatible gyroscopes. The additional integration of Freescale’s ColdFire+ MCF51JU128VHS microcontroller makes the solution outstanding. Functioning as a sensor hub, the ColdFire device integrates with Freescale sensor fusion software. This integration will enable dynamic modification process of the sensor data such as combination, configuration and processing with respect to the requirements of the Windows 8 operating system. With the help of standard HID drivers, the reference platform interacts with the host PC through USB, and reduces overall power consumption and standby power utilization.

The Freescale 12-axis sensor reference platform uses the efficiency of individual sensors for synthesizing data including ambient light, motion, human proximity and location into an integrated whole, thereby contributing to better device performance with high reliability, sensitivity and precision. The platform offloads sensor fusion is capable of host processor to the Freescale sensors.


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