Electronics & Computers

Invensense Offers 9-Axis Motion Tracking Device

January 11, 2012

The MPU-9150 integrates single-chip 6-axis accelerometer and gyroscope with AKM’s 3-axis compass in a 4 by 4 by1 mm package.

SUNNYVALE, CA -- InvenSense Inc., a leading provider of motion tracking devices for consumer electronics, announced the availability of the MPU-9150, the "world's first fully integrated 9-axis MotionTracking device for mobile devices," which will be showcased January 10–13 at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show in InvenSense's meeting room #MP25575 in South Hall 2. Motion-enabled products, including smartphones, tablets, game controllers, and wearable sensors, currently incorporate discrete motion sensor components, such as gyroscopes, accelerometers, and magnetometers to deliver 9-axis motion tracking capability. Selection, qualification, and system-level integration of these discrete devices adds cost, complexity, and board space, as well as adding complexity to the sensor fusion algorithms and factory testing procedures that ensure optimal performance for consumers. The MPU-9150 product family and accompanied MotionFusion firmware is a turn-key solution that eliminates all of these challenges by providing a completely integrated 9-axis solution that is factory tested and calibrated.

InvenSense, in partnership with Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corp. (AKM), has integrated "the market-leading AK8975 compass with its MPU-6050, the world's only single-chip gyroscope and accelerometer, to deliver the industry's first 9-axis motion tracking device in a small 4 by 4 by 1 mm LGA package. InvenSense has also incorporated AKM's compass calibration algorithms into its production-proven MotionApps software platform, featuring 9-axis MotionFusion firmware. The MPU-9150 is compatible with the InvenSense MPU-6050 and MPU-3050 MotionProcessors that have been widely adopted by a majority of smart phone and tablet OEMs.

"As next-generation motion applications, such as indoor navigation and gesture recognition, start to be deployed, there is an increased need for higher accuracy and consistent performance among the various products incorporating motion sensors, presenting a real challenge for fast adoption," said Steve Nasiri, CEO and Founder of InvenSense. "The MPU-9150 is the first product in our industry to bring complete motion tracking capability with factory test and calibration for performance and repeatability to the market, eliminating the need to choose the best performing individual motion sensors or to develop complex factory test calibration systems."

"AKM is the market leader for E-Compass products and InvenSense is the leading provider of motion tracking devices, where each of us have been selling its own solutions to many leading consumer electronics companies in the world," said Hiroshi Kida, General Manager, Marketing & Sales Center of AKM. "We believe our joint collaboration will prove the advantage of AKM's unique technology of Si-monolithic E-compass by integrating 9-axis sensors into a small package, and that will help our customers to enhance their competitiveness in the industry by saving time and space in the development of advanced and innovative products."

The MPU-9150 packages the InvenSense single chip 6-axis gyroscope and accelerometer with onboard digital motion processor hardware acceleration, along with AKM's 3-axis AK8975 E-Compass die, to deliver the world's first integrated 9-axis motion tracking device. The 9-axis MotionFusion firmware combines raw accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer sensor output into a single sensor fusion data stream so developers can easily adopt motion interface functionality in their software applications.

The MPU-9150 is available for sampling to selected customers with mass production planned for Q1 2012. Please visit the InvenSense meeting room #MP25575 at CES 2012 in South Hall 2 to learn more about this product. For press and partner meetings with InvenSense at the show, contact marketing@invensense.com. For more information and data sheets on the MPU-9150, please contact InvenSense Sales at sales@invensense.com.

About InvenSense
InvenSense Inc. is a leading provider of motion tracking devices for the consumer electronics market. The company's patented and patent-pending MotionFusion technology and Nasiri-Fabrication platform address the emerging needs of many mass-market consumer applications, including smart phones, tablets, gaming devices, optical image stabilization, and remote controls for smart TVs, that require improved performance, enhanced features, and new and more intuitive motion and gesture-based motion-interface solutions. InvenSense is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA.

About AKM
Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corp. (AKM) is the core operating company for all electronics devices operations of the Asahi Kasei Group. AKM is the leading provider of mixed-signal IC's for consumer, automotive, and mobile communication applications, as well as magnetic sensors, and serves the global electronics industry with a range of essential products that meet the latest emerging performance demands. Headquarters are located at 1-105 Kanda Jinbocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-8101 Japan.

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