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InvenSense Inc. is the provider of the MotionTracking sensor system on chip (SoC) which functions as a gyroscope for consumer electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, wearables, gaming devices, optical image stabilization, and remote controls for Smart TVs. InvenSense provides the motion controller in the Nintendo Wii game controller and the Oculus Rift DK1.[1] Its motion controllers are found in the Samsung Galaxy smartphones and most recently in the Apple iPhone 6.[2] Founded in 2003, InvenSense is headquartered in San Jose, California with offices in Wilmington, Massachusetts, China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, France, Canada, Slovakia and Italy.[3][4]

InvenSense
Subsidiary
IndustryConsumer Electronics
Founded2003
Headquarters,
Key people
Behrooz Abdi, CEO
ProductsMotionTracking Sensors
ParentTDK
Websiteinvensense.com
2 dies of Invensense MPU6050, an integrated gyroscope and accelerometer

In December 2016, the company was acquired by semiconductor company TDK for US$1.3 billion.[5]

Technical CapabilitiesEdit

InvenSense MotionTracking tracks complex user motions with the use of motion sensors such as microelectromechanical gyroscopes, (including 3-axis gyroscopes),[2] accelerometers, compasses, and pressure sensors. the system then calibrates data, and creates a single data stream.[6] With complex movement tracking comes a drain on battery life. In June, 2014, the company announced a low power gyroscope chip that used just under six milliwatts of power in a chip and was just 0.75 millimeters thick.[3]

InvenSense also provides Optical Image Stabilisation for Smartphone cameras, which are important to detect hand movements and reduce shake in photographs. InvenSense's compact gyroscope was designed to provide antishake features on the smallest camera phones.[7]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The Oculus Rift DK1 bill of materials
  2. ^ a b "Inside The Apple iPhone 6 Plus: Invensense Makes The Grade", Forbes.com, September 19, 2014. retrieved October 7, 2014
  3. ^ a b "Apple's next big thing is even bigger for Invensense", BetaNews, September 2014. Retrieved October 7, 2014
  4. ^ InvenSense website
  5. ^ "TDK Agrees to Buy InvenSense for About $1.3 Billion in Cash". bloomberg.com. 2016-12-21. Retrieved 2017-02-08.
  6. ^ "Why Telecoms Are Spending Billions For This Highly Coveted Asset", Motley Fool, September 26, 2014. Retrieved October 7, 2014
  7. ^ "Really, really tiny image stabilization systems for camera phones" C/Net., May 24, 2006. Retrieved October 7, 2014