Wearable applications are making a growing impact in markets that range from new healthcare technologies including remote heart-rate monitoring to consumer applications such as smart fashion accessories. These applications represent a range of current and future markets that market analysts, Strategy Analytics projects to grow by more than 70% through 2017. STMicroelectronics presents an industry-leading range of motion and environmental sensors and successes in a broad range of already-available wearable applications. New ultra-low power microcontrollers, award-winning BlueNRG Bluetooth Smart wireless connectivity solutions, along side analog and mixed-signal devices from STMicroelectronics provide a comprehensive platform for addressing the needs of any wearable design.
Switches are commonly used to multiplex or de-multiplex a great variety of signals. For instance, in portable applications, switches are used to route signals such as audio to speaker or to headphones. With the sensors and interface proliferation in new applications such as wearables, switches also become the ideal solution to route signals from / towards each other's, and guarantee a simple efficient system implementation.
Accurate sensing of currents is central to enhancing application safety. Controlling the current within set boundaries avoids overheating and short-circuits. Current measurement is also an essential part of energy metering. The main features of STMicro's growing current-sense amplifier portfolio are integrated solutions for faster design times and a reduced BOM as well as robust devices that do not require external protection.
STMicroelectronics' low-power op amp portfolio covers different voltage ranges, as well as many possible combinations of power consumption and gain bandwidth, providing the optimal performance for the appropriate power budget. These solutions include widely used devices, but also provide design engineers with upgrade options such as better accuracy, a standby feature and small packages.
BlueNRG is an ultra-low-power network processor embedding the whole Bluetooth low-energy master and slave stack. It offers the best-in-class current consumption, an excellent wireless link performance, and an on-chip non-volatile memory that allows an easy and quick upgrade of the firmware, keeping your solution always up-to-date. The BlueNRG IC features a complete and fully-qualified Bluetooth Smart solution.
STMicroelectronics' accelerometers & gyroscopes inertial modules integrate different types of sensors to offer more compact, robust and easy-to-assemble solutions compared to discrete MEMS products. iNEMO inertial modules deliver more accurate and reliable sensor performance combined with a reduction of the footprint by up to 85%, depending on the solution selected.
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