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Asahi Kasei Microdevices Develops 6-axis Electronic Compass for Portable Electronics
 

Tokyo, Jan 27, 2012 (JCN) - Asahi Kasei Microdevices (AKM), the Asahi Kasei Group's core operating company for electronic components, has developed AK8978, a 6-axis electronic compass for portable electronics such as mobile phones, smartphones and tablet devices.

The AK8978, available in a 3.0 mm x 5.0 mm x 1.0 mm, 26-pin LGA package, is optimal not only for smartphone applications, but also for other applications for which the compass function is increasingly adopted. These include GPS-enabled digital cameras, which record the camera direction in addition to the longitude and latitude when taking a photo, and game controllers which allow users to play by gesturing and pointing.

Sample shipments of the AK8978 are under way, with mass production scheduled to begin in February 2012.

By Chris Lui Staff Writer

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