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October 29, 2012

STMicroelectronics Starts Production of Motion and Orientation Sensor Solutions for Windows 8-Based Tablets

Windows 8 is the current release of the Windows operating system. This OS is created by Microsoft (News - Alert) and will be used on personal computers, which includes home and business desktops, laptops, tablets and home theater PCs. Windows 8 boasts considerable changes to the operating system's platform, concentrating mainly on improving its experience on mobile devices.

Already, companies all over the world are gearing up for Windows 8, and STMicroelectronics (News - Alert) is one such company. The company recently partnered with Microsoft to come up with a motion and orientation Human Interface Device (HID) sensor solution for the Windows 8 operating system.

According to the company, many of the major OEMs and ODMs all over the world have already picked up ST's sensor solutions for their Windows 8-based devices. ST sensor solutions are being used by more than 20 tablets from major OEMs. ST has considerably decreased the effort required to deploy sensors for OEMs and ODMs with a standard plug-and-play HID/I2C interface and protocol.

“The STMicroelectronics sensor-hub solution allows OEMs/ODMs to incorporate sensors into Windows 8-based tablets quickly and achieve a consistent and superior level of performance," said Benedetto Vigna, executive vice president and general manager, Analog, MEMS and Sensors Group, STMicroelectronics. "ST is a leader in MEMS sensors and with a complete product portfolio, control of manufacturing, and solutions for Windows 8 now in production, we have again increased our value to the customers and strengthened our leadership position.”

Recently, the company partnered with Audi to create advanced semiconductor solutions. According to the partnership, Audi and ST will jointly develop semiconductor products in three areas of automotive design: reduction of CO(2) emissions, safety and security, infotainment and comfort. While safeguarding product quality, guaranteeing supply and reducing time to market, the collaboration of the companies aims to drive innovation actively.

Edited by Rachel Ramsey

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