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Life would be a lot less fun without STMicroelectronics. ST microcontrollers provide the unseen pieces of wizardry in some of the most popular consumer electrical products on the market. ST components work their magic in digital TVs, cameras, set-top boxes, DVD players, power tools, gaming products and toys.
Created in 1987 by the merger of SGS Microelettronica of Italy and Thomson Semiconducteurs of France, ST has grown faster than the semiconductor industry as a whole and since 1999 has been one of the world's Top 10 semiconductor suppliers.
ST 3-axis linear accelerometers played an important part in the handset of the Nintendo Wii games console. Tiny sensors used MEMS (Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems) technology to pick up minute changes in direction, speed and acceleration, essential for the Wii controller's motion-sensing and pointing ability. The STM32 is one of ST's most high profile microcontroller lines, offering a new world of freedom to MCU users. Primers and evaluation kits are available from Rapid.
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