MEMSIC, Inc. (Nasdaq: MEMS),
a leading MEMS solution providing advanced semiconductor sensor and system solutions
based on integrated micro-electromechanical systems or MEMS technology and mixed
signal circuit design, today announced the release of its new Tri-Axis Magnetic
Sensor, the MMC3120XM, which will enable the integration of digital compass
functionality into a broad range of industrial, consumer, and mobile handset
MEMSIC’s new MMC3120XM augments its family of magnetic sensors and is
a key component for developers to provide cost-effective solutions which offer
greater precision and ease-of-use. The MMC3120XM can measure the earth’s
magnetic field regardless of the orientation of the device, which is critical
for hand held applications.
In addition, when the product is used in conjunction with MEMSIC’s dynamic
compensation and automatic calibration software, it is able to correct for the
effects of local magnetic interference and provide the user with gimbaled compass
functionality without required rigorous procedures for manually calibrating
the device. These capabilities lead to a more robust and user-friendly solution,
while providing the end-user with much more accurate heading information.
This new magnetic sensor will draw only 400 uA of current, making it highly
suitable for power sensitive designs. The MMC3120XM is available today and pricing
for the product starts at $2.25 per unit.