How Your Phone Could Pinpoint Your Location Down to a Single Stairstep

Knowing exactly where you are on the face of the earth gives your smartphone wonderful location-specific capabilities. But GPS can only tell you what building you're in, not where you are in the structure. So STMicroelectronics has developed an advanced pressure sensing chip that can determine your vertical elevation… » 9/05/12 12:40pm 9/05/12 12:40pm

Bird Flu Detection by "VereFlu" Disposable Lab-on-a Chip

You thought avian flu was so 2006, didn't you? Not so STMicroelectronics, which has been quietly working away to build a new lab-on-a-chip device to detect the virus. Dubbed VereFlu, it's actually able to detect many strains of influenza virus, including human type A and B, and the killer avian H5N1 strain. Better… » 3/24/08 1:10pm 3/24/08 1:10pm

STMicroelectronics Camera Sensor is 1/5 Inch, Smallest Available

STMicroelectronics new VD6725 single-chip camera sensor is so small, it could theoretically fit in a cameraphone module as small as .2"x.2".15". The sensor is two megapixels and is capable of shooting VGA video at 30 fps or UXGA video at 15 fps. Kodak's new CMOS sensor may be small for a 5-megapixel array, but… » 2/09/08 4:30pm 2/09/08 4:30pm