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Jun 22nd, 2010
Freescale unveils new era of sensing with Xtrinsic portfolio
Xtrinsic sensing solutions for motion and touch applications boost sensing context and performance for next generation applications
Expanding on its more than 30 year sensor history, Freescale Semiconductor is introducing its Xtrinsic sensing solutions – products designed with the right combination of high performance sensing capability, processing capacity, and customizable software to help deliver smart, differentiated sensing applications. Freescale’s Xtrinsic sensing solutions have built-in intelligence and make complex calculations and decisions within the context of their environments. This offloads the host processor of these extensive processing requirements, enabling design innovation and more efficient systems.
As one of the first solutions embodying these advanced functions, Freescale is releasing the intelligent, high precision Xtrinsic Motion Sensing Platform based the integration of an accelerometer, processing core, memory, and multiple embedded functions. The platform’s user definable capabilities and multiple sensor inputs deliver extensive flexibility to mobile consumer applications.
Freescale is also aligning its next generation microcontroller-based touch sensing solutions to the Xtrinsic portfolio. Xtrinsic Touch Sensing Software Suite 2.0 expands capacitive touch sensing capability beyond 8-bit to 32-bit microcontrollers.
The growing popularity and availability of smart, connected mobile devices for consumers is creating new markets, new product categories and requiring more personalized, immersive experiences. Sensors are driving this evolution in today’s consumer electronics devices and now a new level of sensing innovation is needed to continue the development of cutting-edge devices. Large-scale deployment of sensors is not only being witnessed in smart mobile devices, but also in products such as gaming equipment and cameras.
“At Freescale, we have always dedicated ourselves to providing our customers with sensing solutions that help them build leading edge devices,” said Tom Deitrich, senior vice president and general manager of Freescale’s RF, Analog & Sensor Group. “With Xtrinsic sensing solutions, our vision is to offer a diverse and differentiated product portfolio to meet the expanding needs of the automotive, consumer, and industrial segments. Xtrinsic solutions offer ideal blends of functionality and intelligence designed to help our customers differentiate and win in highly competitive markets.”
Pricing and availability
The Xtrinsic Touch Sensing Software Suite 2.0 is available to download now for Freescale MCU customers. In addition, a Touch Sensing Software evaluation board (TSSEVB) is available at a suggested resale price of $99 (USD). The board is designed to provide customers with the technology necessary to begin creating capacitive touch sensing applications with Freescale MCUs.
For more information on Freescale’s broad portfolio of sensors, visit www.freescale.com/files/pr/sensors.html.
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