VTI Technologies Launches CMR3100: World’s Smallest Gyro Halves Current Consumption

VTI announces the CMR3100, a new digital 3-axis consumer gyro. With significantly lower current consumption and an even smaller size than any other consumer gyro available on the market, the CMR3100 demonstrates how VTI has once again raised the bar for MEMS miniaturization.

“A year ago we launched the CMR3000, the world’s smallest and lowest power consuming gyroscope for consumer electronics, and volume production began in 2011. But this was only the beginning, and we decided to do even better to satisfy the growing gyro demand and rapidly increasing number of motion control applications. The CMR3100 challenges all existing consumer gyros with its small size, high performance and lowest current consumption,” announces Mr. Juha Lahtinen, Product Manager at VTI Technologies.

The CMR3100 is optimized to improve the user interface experience of any battery operated mobile device, such as pointers, handsets and tablets. It offers a significant size advantage, as the 3x3mm² dimensions will help designers to fit the CMR3100 inside any mobile device.
In addition to its compact size, the CMR3100 surpasses all rivals with its extremely low power consumption. “So far gyros have suffered from high power consumption levels,” says Mr. Lahtinen. “The new CMR3100 drops gyro active current consumption to a completely new level: the CMR3100 draws only 2.5mA in active operation. This new power level increases battery life significantly, making motion enabled user interface controlling more appealing to use."

With its 2.5mA current consumption, the CMR3100 offers full digital gyro functionality with flexible configurations, including four measurement ranges and user selectable signal bandwidths with the option of high pass filtering. Host resources can be offloaded by buffering angular rate data into the CMR3100 FIFO. The CMR3100 utilizes unique phase shift sensing technology based on VTI’s MEMS expertise and proprietary MEMS processing. The CMR3100 MEMS design ensures very robust and stable operation in real life applications over the product’s entire lifetime.

Come and see it yourself at the 2012 International CES event in Las Vegas on 10-13 January 2012. The VTI Technologies stand is situated in the MEMS TechZone in South 2 Hall, Stand 25218.

VTI in Brief
VTI Technologies is a leading supplier of acceleration, inclination and angular motion sensor solutions for transportation, medical, instrument and consumer electronics applications. In their end-use applications, VTI’s products improve safety and quality of life. The silicon-based capacitive sensors are based on the company’s proprietary 3D MEMS (Micro Electro-Mechanical System) technology. For more information, please visit www.vtitechnologies.com.

Mr. Sten Stockmann, Vice President, Consumer Electronics, tel. +358 50 352 1881
Mr. Juha Lahtinen, Product Manager, Consumer Electronics, tel. +358 9 879 181
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