New Microchip GestIC enables one-step design of 3D gesture recognition in embedded devices - Embedded.com

New Microchip GestIC enables one-step design of 3D gesture recognition in embedded devices

Microchip Technology Inc.’s new MGC3030 3D gesture controller features simplified user-interface options focused on gesture detection, enabling one-step design-in of 3D gesture recognition in consumer and embedded devices. Housed in an easy-to-manufacture SSOP28 package, the MGC3030 expands the use of 3D gesture control features to high-volume cost-sensitive applications such as toys, audio and lighting.

The simplicity of gesture-detection integration offered by the MGC3030 is also achieved through Microchip’s free, downloadable AUREA graphical user interface (GUI) and easily configurable general purpose IO ports that allow for host MCU/processor-free usage. The MGC3030’s on-chip 32-bit digital signal processor executes real-time gesture processing, eliminating the need for external cameras or controllers for host processing, and allowing for faster and more natural user interaction with devices.

The MGC3030 makes full use of the GestIC family development tools such as Microchip’s Colibri Gesture Suite, an on-chip software library of easy-to-use gesture features. 

Unique to GestIC technology, the programmable Auto Wake-Up On Approach feature begins operating in the range of 100 microwatts power consumption, enabling always-on gesture sensing in power-constrained applications. If real user interaction is detected, the system automatically switches into full sensing mode and alternates back to auto wake-up mode once the user leaves the sensing area.

To enable development with the MGC3030, Microchip’s Woodstar MGC3030 Development Kit (part # DM160226) was also announced today. The kit comes with the AUREA Graphical User Interface, the central tool to parameterize the MGC3030 and the Colibri Suite to suit the needs of any design. AUREA is available via a free download from http://www.microchip.com/AUREA-GUI-012015a. The Colibri Gesture Suite is an extensive library of proven and natural 3D gestures for hands and fingers that is pre-programmed into the MGC3030.

The MGC3030 featuring GestIC technology is available today in a 28-pin SSOP package, and is priced at under $2.00 each in high volumes.

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