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Next Generation iPad To Feature 3-Axis Gyroscope?

by on August 12th, 2010

Reports this week point to a three-axis gyroscope to be featured in Apple’s next generation iPad. A three-axis gyroscope is currently found in Apple’s new iPhone 4.

UBM TechInsights reports that Apple has tested a three-axis gyroscope, manufactured by InvenSense, inside of next generation iPad prototypes.

The report further notes that instead of InvenSense, Apple is likely to adopt a similar gyroscope from STMicroelectronics, the current maker of the gyroscope found in iPhone 4.

β€œIt seemed strange at the time that a product like the iPad would have been designed to not include a gyroscope but an iPhone 4 that was being designed at around the same time would,” said Steve Bitton, a product manager at UBM TechInsights.

To do some self-research, Bitton took apart an iPad and found an empty 24-pad slot beside the STMicro STM33DH accelerometer, the same accelerometer found in iPhone 4. Inside the iPhone 4 however, a slot beside the accelerometer is used for an STMicro L3G4200D gyroscope.

“Bitton subsequently traced the digital output from the gyro on the iPhone 4 to its A4 processor and found similarities to the signal path between the iPad processor and the empty 24-pad space on the iPad board,” EE Times informs.

With the next iPad due sometime around Spring (May) 2011, we may see new hardware features such as a gyroscope and the much rumored front-facing camera.

[9To5Mac]

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