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Sony PlayStation Move teardown

Posted: 21 Oct 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:motion-based gaming? teardown? sensors? controller?

Sony's effort into motion-based gaming is powered by devices from STMicroelectronics, Kionx, CSR, AKM Semiconductor and OmniVision Technologies, according to a teardown analysis conducted by UBM TechInsights.

The potential Wii rival is a $99 wand and camera bundle for the PlayStation 3.

Sony Move controller and camera bundle. Source: UBM TechInsights.(Click on image to enlarge).

Taking a page from Nintendo's handbook, Sony is selling a bundled motion-sensing gaming wand, PlayStation Move, along with a camera system called PlayStation Eye. The firm has reportedly sold about 1.5 million bundles in Europe, but sales in the U.S. are believed to be much lighter.

Main board- side 1 IC identification. Source: UBM TechInsights. (Click on image to enlarge).

The Move wand uses 6-axis motion sensing, with a 3-axis accelerometer from Kionix and a pair of gyrometers from ST, according to Nathan Taylor, product analyst, UBM TechInsights. The gyros divide the axis sensing across two packages, one for yaw and a second for pitch and roll, Taylor explained.

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