Freescale Integrated Sensor Platform for Windows 8 Portables Announced

June 6, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

As the world eagerly awaits Windows 8, Freescale Semiconductor has introduced an integrated sensor solution for portable devices based on the operating system.

Freescale 12-axis sensor platform includes Xtrinsic MMA8451Q 3-axis accelerometer, Xtrinsic MAG3110 3-axis magnetometer, Xtrinsic MPL3115A2 precision altimeter, pressure and temperature sensor and an analog ambient light sensor, in addition to support for a selection of compatible gyroscopes.

It has also been integrated with Freescale’s ColdFire+ MCF51JU128VHS microcontroller, which acts as a sensor hub and couples with Freescale’s sensor fusion software to combine, configure and process the sensor data to the requirements of the Windows 8 operating system.

Seyed Paransun, Vice President and General Manager of Freescale’s Sensor & Actuator Solutions Division explained that the Freescale sensor solution for Windows 8-based portable devices was engineered to reduce system complexity by providing critical hardware and software components, thereby enabling customers to rapidly apply their distinct differentiation and unleash unbounded user experiences.

The Freescale 12-axis sensor reference platform uses individual sensors to synthesize data such as motion, location, ambient light and human proximity into an integrated whole.

Also, the platform offloads sensor fusion tasks from the host processor to the Freescale sensors, which allows for more customizable, power-efficient solutions. As Jérémie Bouchaud, director and senior principal analyst, MEMS and Sensors at IHS pointed out, smart sensor fusion is especially critical for devices combining an accelerometer, a gyroscope and a compass.

He added that achieving successful sensor fusion is increasingly essential as the number of sensors in mobile devices continues to rise.

Freescale’s sensor solution will be demonstrated June 5-9 at Computex in Taipei, June 6-7 at Sensors Expo in Rosemont,Illinois, and June 18-21 at the Freescale Technology Forum in Texas.

Editor’s note: It looks like this new sensor collection is ready to Shake, Rattle and Roll!

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