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TI, Fullpower bring motion sensing to portable apps

Posted: 16 Nov 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:motion sensing? MCU? accelerometer?

Texas Instruments Inc. and Fullpower Technology have formed a strategic collaboration to bring advanced motion sensing capabilities to portable devices. Combining Fullpower's MotionX technology and TI's ultralow-power MSP430 MCUs gives developers motion sensing technology and extended battery life for portable devices such as smart phones, sports equipment, gaming equipment and Bluetooth headsets.

"MotionX does for motion what a great speech recognition engine does for speech, and MSP430 is the ideal platform to embed MotionX in portable devices," said Philippe Kahn CEO of Fullpower. "Pairing the ultralow-power MSP430 MCU, the ultimate solution for a wide range of ultralow-power and portable applications, with the leading MotionX motion recognition engine, enables us to bring the magic of advanced motion to portable devices."

Fullpower's MotionX-Recognition Engine is designed to accurately solve the challenges of gesture recognition, pedestrian navigation and image stabilization, turning raw accelerometer data into actionable information. TI's MSP430 MCU combines the industry's lowest power consumption with control peripherals, advanced analog integration and connectivity. "MotionX is a game changing technology for motion detection, as it enables sensor-enhanced portable devices to sophistically and intelligently understand environments and adjust through simple gestures," said Scott Roller, general manager of the MSP430 platform. "By coupling Fullpower's MotionX technology with the leading ultralow-power MSP430 MCU, we can provide a unique consumer experience that extends battery life, improves functionality and eliminates traditional obstacles."

TI and Fullpower solutions are scheduled to reach the market in 2010.

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