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Kionix enters the consumer gyro market

The company announced a pair of new gyros aimed at the consumer devices market—the dual-axis KGY12 and the tri-axis KGY13. Citing a high-growth consumer gyro market that analysts expect to reach US$1.04B by 20141, Galvin stated: “MEMS gyroscopes are making consumerelectronics history with their rapidly-growing integration into a wide range of products. For Kionix, having had such widespread success with accelerometers, producing gyroscopes optimized for mass-produced consumer applications was a logical next step—and one that will enhance our market position in 2011 and 2012.

Kionix gyros are packaged in a 5x5x0.9mm 24-pin land grid array (LGA). They feature low power consumption and 16-bit digital outputs (I2C and SPI) over a measurement range of ±2048°/sec. Analog outputs are also available in userselectable ranges of ±256°/sec, ±512°/sec, ±1024°/s ec and ±2048°/sec. Both gyros offer user-definable bandwidth and embedded temperature sensors. Tim Davis, executive vice president and CTO of Kionix, commented: “Kionix has been immersed in gyro technology for some time, our first gyro having been introduced in 2003. This new generation of gyros reflects our deep understanding of maximizing performance by striking a balance between current consumption and noise with excellent bias stability over temperature. It will effectively establish best-in-class performance for consumer gyros.”

Targeting a global market for MEMS in consumer electronics and mobile handsets that analysts predict will reach more than US$3B in 2014 2, Kionix’s portfolio of MEMS inertial sensors adds intelligence through embedded algorithms and application software, speeding the implementation of popular functions such as tap/double-tap touch, directional shake and gesture recognition in portable devices.

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