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STMicroelectronics: STMicroelectronics Brings Superior Indoor and Undercover Navigation to Mobiles and Wearables

* All-in-one eCompass with innovative magnetic-sensing technology delivers
benchmark accuracy with superior temperature stability
* Enables high-precision Pedestrian Dead Reckoning, to enhance user
experience of fitness tracking/mapping and indoor-navigation apps
* Integration of high-performance MEMS accelerometer saves space and power
compared to existing alternatives

Geneva, May 4, 2016
- Smartphones, as well as smartwatches, fitness trackers and other wearables
are about to get better at guiding users and mapping their sporting
achievements even where satellite navigation cannot work, using the latest
electronic compass (eCompass) from STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global
semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics

Fitness-tracking smartphone apps, smartwatches, and bands need continuous
location data for mapping and recording, and accuracy is critical for wearers
who like to monitor their progress and share achievements online. A built-in
eCompass helps calculate location when satellite signals are unavailable,
such as inside buildings or when running or cycling under tree cover.
However, current solutions can give errors of about 10° in latitudes such as
Northern Italy or Northern California. This can put the user off course by
150 meters or more in every 1000 meters travelled.

ST'sLSM303AGReCompass cuts the heading error to less than 4°, leveraging the
Company's proprietary technology for manufacturing high-accuracy magnetic
sensors. This enhanced accuracy, combined with ultra-low-power operation
consuming up to 50% less than competing devices when in low-power mode, is
particularly well suited to high-precision Pedestrian Dead Reckoning (PDR) on
mobile devices.

The LSM303AGR also enhances dead-reckoning accuracy in applications such as
automotive navigation, and maintains accuracy over the full temperature range
from -40°C to 85°C, whereas competing devices can vary by as much as 35% or
more over small intervals such as between normal room temperature and
human-body temperature.

"The industry-leading technology behind ST's new eCompass further extends our
lead in MEMS sensing for positioning and motion detection in consumer
devices," said Andrea Onetti, Group Vice President and General Manager of
MEMS Sensors Division, STMicroelectronics. "High-precision PDR, enabled by
this device, will significantly enhance the user experience delivered by apps
including fitness trackers and personal navigation on smartphones and devices
like smart watches, which IHS predicts will exceed 100 million units by

ST's new LSM303AGR eCompass is available now, packaged as a 2mm x 2mm x 1mm
12-lead LGA, priced from $1.485 for orders of 1000 pieces.

Further Technical Information:

As an all-in-one eCompass IC fabricated on a single die, the LSM303AGR
combines a 3-axis MEMS accelerometer leveraging ST's proven
ThELMA[2]technology and a very compact 3-axis Anisotropic Magneto-Resistive
(AMR) sensor that delivers higher sensitivity and lower noise than
conventional Hall sensors. ST's own AMR manufacturing process technology
gives the LSM303AGR superior temperature stability compared to alternatives
made using Giant Magneto-Resistive (GMR) or Tunnel Magneto-Resistive (TMR)
technology. ST's AMR sensor also has high dynamic range, which further
contributes to the device's accuracy by preventing magnetic saturation in
areas of high ambient-field strength.

ST has tested the LSM303AGR's magnetic-sensing accuracy at various latitudes
and recorded superior accuracy and temperature stability over current
eCompass ICs and pure magnetic sensors from competing manufacturers.

About STMicroelectronics

ST is a global semiconductor leader delivering intelligent and
energy-efficient products and solutions that power the electronics at the
heart of everyday life. ST's products are found everywhere today, and
together with our customers, we are enabling smarter driving and smarter
factories, cities and homes, along with the next generation of mobile and
Internet of Things devices.

By getting more from technology to get more from life, ST stands for

In 2015, the Company's net revenues were $6.90 billion, serving more than
100,000 customers worldwide. Further information can be found

For Press Information Contact:

Michael Markowitz
Director Technical Media Relations
+1 781 591 0354

[2]ThELMA: Thick Epi-Poly Layer for Microactuators and Accelerometers. One of
ST's processes for the creation of MEMS mechanisms, using wafer-to-wafer
bonding and a protective silicon cap. ST is a world leader in MEMS
technology, with almost 1,000 MEMS-related patents and patent applications

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New eCompass from ST


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