July 10, 2012 — InvenSense, Inc. (NYSE:INVN), MEMS-based sensor maker, introduced its second-generation MPU-6500 6-axis MotionTracking device for smartphones, tablets, wearable sensors, and other consumer markets.
The MPU-6500’s 3 x 3 x 0.9mm QFN package is the world’s smallest for a 6-axis MotionTracking device, according to InvenSense. The single-chip design combines a micro electro mechanical system (MEMS) 3-axis gyroscope and 3-axis accelerometer with an onboard Digital Motion Processor (DMP). The MPU-6500 MotionTracking device offers nearly 60% lower power (1.8V operation) and a 45% smaller package than conventional designs. It consumes 6.1mW of power in full operating mode. Gyroscope performance is ±5dps zero-rate-output and 0.01dps/√Hz of noise; accelerometer specifications include a typical offset of ±60mg, 250µg/√Hz of noise, and 18µA of current in low-power mode.
The combo sensor enables pedestrian navigation, context-aware advertising, and other location-based services, along with supporting the specifications for emerging wearable sensor applications such as remote health monitoring, sports and fitness tracking, and other consumer applications. The MPU-6500 software drivers are fully compliant with Google’s latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean release, and support new low-power DMP capabilities that offload the host processor to reduce power consumption and simplify application development.
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The MPU-6500 is sampling now to selected customers with mass production slated for Q4 2012.
InvenSense Inc. (NYSE:INVN) provides MEMS-based motion sensors for consumer electronic devices. More information can be found at www.invensense.com.