13 Nov '12, 3pm

Microchip elevates HMI design with world's first e-field-based 3D gesture-recognition chip

Microchip elevates HMI design with world's first e-field-based 3D gesture-recognition chip

Microchip Technology has unveiled its GestIC gesture-based non-contact technology with its announcement of the world's first electrical-field-based 3D gesture controller IC, the MGC3130, enabling a new class of non-contact user interfaces. Based on technology acquired with Microchip's purchase earlier this year of Germany-based Ident Technology, the MGC3130 offers always-on gesture recognition with minimal power requirements, permitting its use in battery-powered mobile and portable designs. At its most basic level of operation, the MGC3130 is capable of detecting motion at 200 samples/s and 150 dpi resolution within a sensing area defined in the x-y plane by sensing electrodes and extending in the z plane from 0 to 15 cm above the sensing area. Beyond this more basic "3D touchpad"-like capability, however, the MGC3130 goes further - using its on-chip software library to a...

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