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VTI ramps 3-axis gyro sensor production

March 23, 2011 - BUSINESS WIRE -- To capture part of the fast-growing consumer electronics MEMS market, VTI Technologies will ramp volume production of its CMR3000.

According to iSuppli's market forecasts, the market size for 3-axis gyroscopes will be more than 200 million pieces this year. Growth is particularly fast thanks to the success of gaming, smart phones, tablet PCs and many new emerging applications.

VTI expanded its product range last year to meet this rapidly increasing demand in consumer electronics industries. In the fall of 2010, the company introduced the small, low-power digital 3-axis angular rate sensor, the CMR3000, designed for user interface and game applications. VTI has now started volume production of the CMR3000.

"The CMR3000's low current consumption, excellent sensitivity stability and small size match perfectly with the requirements of consumer electronics manufacturers," says Pekka Kostiainen, product manager at VTI. "Due to gaming requirements, the measurement range is +/-2000 dps with selectable measurement bandwidths. In the case of cell phones, the wafer level package (WLP) enables the 3.1 x 4.2 x 0.8mm3 form factor with digital SPI and I2C interfaces."

The extraordinary demand for 3-axis gyros in the market is raising concerns about component availability. The CMR3000's small device size and location of the IOs enable the possibility to optionally accommodate another manufacturer's sensor on the same layout. This offers a solution to high volume customers with second source requirements.

To support easy implementation of the CMR3000 VTI is providing HW and SW support to its customers. As an example, an Android driver is available including the library, documentation and demo applications. Furthermore, VTI supports customers with optimizing sensor signal processing for their application.

VTI Technologies supplies acceleration, inclination and angular motion sensor solutions for transportation, medical, instrument and consumer electronics applications. The silicon-based capacitive sensors are based on the company’s proprietary 3D micro electro-mechanical system (MEMS) technology. For more information, please visit www.vtitechnologies.com.

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