MEMS get Linux drivers for faster development

May 03, 2013 // By Nick Flaherty
STMicroelectronics has simplified the use of its MEMS with ready-to-use software drivers for communication with Linux systems through a standard interface.

ST’s new driver architecture is supported in the latest revision of Linux Kernel (from revision 3.9), which is available immediately: the drivers make ST’s MEMS devices more easily accessible to developers using Linux open-source software to build consumer, industrial, scientific and healthcare applications with precision movement and position sensing in multiple axes for uses such as remote monitoring, test and measurement, robotic control, machine vision and surveillance.
The new ST driver architecture ensures robustness, maximises sensor performance, and allows modularity and fast prototyping. Driver access is managed through a standard IIO (Industrial-IO) interface and no additional software is required to interface all the ST Motion MEMS products due to the embedded IIO driver already available into the Linux Kernel.
“The ST IIO driver modules also provide the flexibility to exchange all the ST MEMS devices without any changes at the driver level,” said Paolo Bendiscioli, Motion MEMS Application Manager at STMicroelectronics. “This solution allows faster design upgrades and helps our customers improve time to market for their new products.”
The new driver architecture works with the full ST MEMS family including accelerometers, gyroscopes, iNEMO inertial modules, e-compasses and magnetometers, thereby enabling quick and easy connection of any sensor with minimal software overhead. It allows the system to recognise devices, access data, support interrupts and perform polling data acquisitions.
The MEMS Linux Industrial IO driver library includes a FIFO embedded at driver level, SPI and I 2C bus interoperability.
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