CEVA Expands Sensor Fusion Product Line with New Sensor Hub MCU for High Precision Motion Tracking and Orientation Detection

ROCKVILLE, Md., June 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- CEVA, Inc. (NASDAQ: CEVA), the leading licensor of wireless connectivity, smart sensing technologies, and integrated IP solutions, today announced that it has expanded its family of sensor fusion products with the introduction of the FSP201, a high-performance and low-power sensor hub MCU that delivers precise, accurate sensor fusion for motion tracking, heading and orientation detection. The FSP201 is ideal for consumer robotics and other emerging smart devices employing sensor fusion technologies, including XR glasses, 3D audio headsets and the wide range of 6-axis motion use cases across IoT and the metaverse.

The FSP201 combines CEVA's award-winning proprietary MotionEngine™ sensor processing software - that has powered more than 250 million devices to date - into a low-power 32-bit Arm Cortex M23 MCU and offers a high performance, high quality and low-cost solution optimized for consumer applications. The FSP201 provides manufacturers the flexibility to choose from a pre-qualified list of external 6 axis IMU sensors (accelerometer plus gyroscope) - from different sensor suppliers - to ensure supply chain flexibility, and provide the performance and features required for motion tracking, heading and orientation detection, including:

  • Correction Smoothing: Corrects orientation drift slowly and transparently to the user for head and body tracking to maintain an immersive XR or 3D audio experience;
  • Auto-Centering: Dynamically recenters the soundstage in 3D audio applications based on a user's gaze to maintain immersion in dynamic conditions and eliminate drift;
  • Tilt Independent Heading: Allows for proper heading output even when a robot's driving surface is uneven, enabling rapid adjustment to obstacles or changes in flooring types;
  • Inclination Detection: Provides full 3DOF robot orientation allowing detection of surface and device issues that could cause the robot to become stuck or damaged;
  • Dynamic Calibration: Proprietary algorithms monitor changes in sensor performance and temperature during live operation to deliver the highest performance; and
  • Sensor Independence: Several low-cost MEMS sensors from leading suppliers are pre-qualified and have drivers pre-integrated to accelerate development and ensure supply chain flexibility.

The FSP201 fits simply into any design and uses I2C and UART industry interfaces for chip connectivity. It can be placed directly on the target product's main circuit board or designed into a separate module, providing manufacturers with ultimate flexibility. The turn-key sensor hub MCU benefits developers and integrators through faster time-to-market, reductions in development time, reduced BOM cost, and the highest precision and quality.

Crucially, the FSP201 is code-compatible with the BNO08X series of 9-axis sensor System-in-Package (SIP) products, facilitating developers to easily migrate to a 6-axis FSP201 based solution or take advantage of CEVA's sensor fusion technologies in new product lines that do not require 9-axis sensor fusion.

Due to supply chain constraints and component shortages, many MCU and IMU sensor devices continue to experience long wait times. CEVA has secured supply of the FSP201 MCU and IMU sensors to enable fast time-to-market, which makes FSP201 an ideal solution for near- and long-term production requirements.

"We are pleased to expand our portfolio of silicon products for high performance, cost sensitive sensor fusion applications with the addition of the FSP201 MCU," said Chad Lucien, Vice President and General Manager of the Sensors and Audio Business Unit at CEVA. "High precision motion tracking, heading and orientation are key features of today's consumer robots and entertainment devices, and are central to emerging metaverse and IoT applications and services. FSP201 ensures developers can rapidly develop products that leverage our industry-leading sensor processing technologies with components that are readily available in 2022."

The FSP201 is available for immediate sampling along with documentation and evaluation tools via our designated distributors. For more information, please visit https://www.ceva-ip.com/product/hillcrest-labs-chips-and-modules/.

About CEVA, Inc.
CEVA is the leading licensor of wireless connectivity, smart sensing technologies, and integrated IP solutions for a smarter, safer, connected world. We provide Digital Signal Processors, AI engines, wireless platforms, cryptography cores and complementary software for sensor fusion, image enhancement, computer vision, voice input and artificial intelligence. These technologies are offered in combination with our Intrinsix IP integration services, helping our customers address their most complex and time-critical integrated circuit design projects. Leveraging our technologies and chip design skills, many of the world's leading semiconductors, system companies and OEMs create power-efficient, intelligent, secure and connected devices for a range of end markets, including mobile, consumer, automotive, robotics, industrial, aerospace & defense and IoT.

Our DSP-based solutions include platforms for 5G baseband processing in mobile, IoT and infrastructure, advanced imaging and computer vision for any camera-enabled device, audio/voice/speech and ultra-low-power always-on/sensing applications for multiple IoT markets. For sensor fusion, our Hillcrest Labs sensor processing technologies provide a broad range of sensor fusion software and inertial measurement unit ("IMU") solutions for markets including hearables, wearables, AR/VR, PC, robotics, remote controls and IoT. For wireless IoT, our platforms for Bluetooth (low energy and dual mode), Wi-Fi 4/5/6/6E (802.11n/ac/ax), Ultra-wideband (UWB), NB-IoT and GNSS are the most broadly licensed connectivity platforms in the industry.

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