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June 20, 2012

Freescale unveils new six-axis sensor for mobile application

Xtrinsic FXOS8700CQ combines a 14-bit accelerometer and 16-bit magnetometer with a high-performance ASIC in a single 3 x 3 mm package

By CBR Staff Writer

Embedded processing application provider, Freescale Semiconductor has introduced Xtrinsic FXOS8700CQ, the 6-axis sensor that is suitable for mobile devices.

The new sensor combines a 14-bit accelerometer and 16-bit magnetometer with a high-performance ASIC in a single 3 x 3 mm package.

Xtrinsic FXOS8700CQ has several plus or minus 1200 microTeslas that allows for flexibility in placement on printed circuit boards that incorporate permanent magnets such as speakers and vibrator motors.

The new Xtrinsic FXOS8700CQ sensor is suitable for mobile applications, including augmented reality, gaming, navigation and location-based services that require highly accurate orientation data, the company said.

The 6-axis sensor is compatible with Xtrinsic eCompass and calibration software designed with a range of power and performance with floating point and integer code that supports Android, Windows 8 and other operating systems.

The eCompass application is capable of providing a heading resolution of 0.1 degrees and sub-5 degree heading accuracy for most applications.

Xtrinsic FXOS8700CQ 6-axis sensor is now available in sample quantities. Production quantities are planned for Q3 2012 from Freescale.

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Freescale’s Sensor & Actuator Solutions Division vice president and general manager Seyed Paransun said, "Our Xtrinsic 6-axis sensor captures individual inputs and, with eCompass software, fuses them together, enabling it to output much more exact data that allows mobile devices to make quick, accurate decisions."

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