Kionix Introduces the KXCNL Accelerometer with Dual User-Programmable State Machines

Device enables maximum configurability and user-programmability for consumer applications

Kionix, Inc. has announced the release of the KXCNL, a configurable accelerometer with dual state machines to allow designers to dynamically program the device for numerous applications. The KXCNL’s dual state machines allow the device to simultaneously run multiple applications at the chip level, taking significant processing load off the system’s main applications processor and conserving power.

The KXCNL enables a wide combination of applications from basic screen rotation to more sophisticated programs such as freefall detection, pedometry, Tap/Double-Tap, power management and more. The KXCNL allows applications to be swapped out “on the fly,” providing designers with a new level of flexibility and extensibility. To assist customers in adapting to this new flexibility, Kionix is providing a library of pre-written state programs, while still allowing customers to write their own state programs if they choose.

“Customers increasingly want complete solutions, not just components, from their sensor suppliers. Kionix has long been a leader in providing solutions with embedded algorithms. With the KXCNL, designers have the ability to develop products with even more functionality and flexibility using small footprint state machine programs running on the accelerometer ASIC,” said John Chong, director of product engineering at Kionix. “The KXCNL also helps drive down overall power consumption on a device,” he added, “so we are giving users the best of both worlds – more capability with lower power.”

Other KXCNL features include:

  • User-selectable 2g, 4g, 6g, and 8g ranges
  • User-programmable ODR
  • Current Consumption 2 – 250μA
  • XAC sensor with outstanding stability over temperature, shock and post-reflow performance
  • Support for I2C High Speed, Fast Speed, and Standard Speed
  • 1.7V to 3.6V operating voltage
  • Internal Voltage Regulator
  • Self-test
  • 3x3x0.9mm, 16-pin package


The KXCNL is shipping now to qualified customers with unit pricing of $1.20 in quantities of 1,000. For more information, please email or contact the Kionix sales office nearest you.

About Kionix

Kionix, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of ROHM Co., Ltd., is a top-tier manufacturer of MEMS inertial sensors based in Ithaca, NY, USA. Leading companies in consumer, automotive, health and fitness and industrial markets use Kionix sensors and total system solutions to enable motionbased functionality in their products.

Contact Information


36 Thornwood Drive
Ithaca, NY, 14850

tele: 1-607-257-1080

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