Qualcomm, ST look to minimise smartphone power consumption

June 21, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
STMicroelectronics has disclosed that Qualcomm Technologies is to add software support for ST’s inertial sensor solutions, including its iNEMO inertial module. The companies say that the combination of ST’s flexible sensor architecture and Qualcomm All-Ways Aware sensor-processing abilities will add performance and minimize power in mobiles.

The companies say that the support will enable the rapid introduction of Android smartphones based on Qualcomm Snapdragon processors with minimized power consumption and high-performing sensor capabilities through the use of hardware features integrated into the sensor. The reference software is already available to address the specific needs of OEMs creating new devices.

While the agreement extends to all of ST’s inertial modules and sensors (motion, environmental, and acoustic), first efforts will focus on supporting ST’s LSM6DS3 inertial module, recipient of the MEMS & Sensors Industry Group ‘Product of the Year’ recognition, in key Qualcomm Technologies’ reference designs. The LSM6DS3 is an always-on, low-power inertial module combining a 3D accelerometer and a 3D gyroscope with superior sensing precision. The flexible architecture of ST’s sensors complements Snapdragon’s ultra-low power approach to contextual-data processing. It supports extended battery life with Qualcomm All-Ways Aware hub for Android background sensor functions and features including the fusion of sensors with location technology, modem, and camera subsystems.



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