Rutronik has added the Kionix MEMS sensor solutions to its European linecard. The deal comes via Rutronix’s existing deal with Rohm Semiconductor which acquired Kionix in 2009. The Kionix product range covers acceleration sensors and combination sensors, which unite several functions in one sensor.
“With Kionix products, we can now offer our customers an even more extensive range of sensors for completely different applications,” explains Martin Grimmer, Senior Marketing Manager, Analog & Sensors at Rutronik. “They are especially interesting because they are really trailblazing solutions which combine high performance with low power.”
The ARM-based KX23H sensor hub is a new product in the accelerometer sector. It combines a high-performance, low-power 3-axis acceleration sensor with a 32-bit ARM CortexTM M0 microcontroller in a small 3x3x30.9mm housing. An extensive library of movement processing software provides the user with such functions as step counter and calorie counter, movement monitoring as well as the possibility of distinguishing between different types of movements such as walking, running, car or train.
Kionix’s current highlight in the 9-axis combination sensors segment is the first magnetic gyro solution. Here, a gyro is emulated on the basis of the magnetic field and acceleration sensors.
Kionix has special expertise for embedded algorithms such as tap recognition, screen rotation, gesture recognition and activity monitoring. Product innovations include the first miniature-sized 3-axis acceleration sensor or the first acceleration sensor with integrated algorithm for free-fall recognition
Rutronix signed ROHM Semiconductor in 1999. The distributor sells the entire ROHM product range throughout Europe, including integrated switches (ICs), diodes, transistors, LEDs, resistors, tantal condensers and displays.

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