Freescale will be offering a new sensor that integrates many more functions than your typical smartphone or tablet sensor beginning in Q3.
The company is currently showcasing 12-axis sensor development reference platform at Computex as well as at Sensors Expo in Rosemont, Illinois. The company said it will also be bringing the sensor to its Freescale Technology Forum (FTF) in San Antonio, Texas, later this month.
The device, which will only support Windows 8-based mobile devices, has a 3-axis accelerometer, a 3-axis magnetometer, an altimeter, a pressure and temperature sensor as well as an analog ambient light sensor. Freescale said that the sensor also supports a "selection of compatible gyroscopes." The microcontroller acts as fabric to combine the individual features via the company's sensor "fusion software" to combine, configure and process the sensor data for Windows 8 apps.
The demonstrated reference platform connects to a host PC via USB.