Hillcrest Labs Launches High Precision Sensor Hub to Advance Navigation Systems in Cost Critical Consumer Robots

FSP200 delivers superior heading accuracy and choice in sensor selection; joins Hillcrest Labs’ portfolio of high performance, high quality, low cost solutions for robot navigation applications

Company Release - 12/12/2017 8:30 AM ET

ROCKVILLE, Md., Dec. 12, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hillcrest Labs, a subsidiary of InterDigital, Inc. (NASDAQ:IDCC), today announced the launch of the FSP200, a high-performance and low-power sensor hub MCU that delivers superior planar heading and 6-axis IMU performance for high volume, cost conscious, consumer robotics applications. The FSP200 is ideal as an integral component to SLAM navigation systems or for use as the primary navigation solution for Intelligent Walk systems.

The FSP200 combines Hillcrest Labs’ high-performance, proprietary MotionEngine™ sensor processing software into a low-power 32-bit ARM Cortex M3 MCU. The proprietary MotionEngine software provides a high performance, high quality and low-cost solution optimized for autonomous and semi-autonomous terrestrial robots such as cleaners, mowers and service robots. When paired with an external 6-axis inertial sensor (accelerometer plus gyroscope), the FSP200 delivers the performance and features required for today’s robots, including:

  • Tilt Independent Heading: Allows for proper heading output even when the driving surface is uneven, enabling rapid adjustment to obstacles or changes in flooring types;
  • Bump Detection: Calibrated accelerometer output provides data to support bump detection algorithm without having to use a separate sensor;
  • 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 top sensor vendors are qualified for use with the FSP200 and have drivers pre-integrated.

The FSP200 fits simply into any design and uses common industry interfaces for chip connectivity. It can be placed directly on the robot’s main circuit board or designed into a separate module, providing manufacturers with ultimate flexibility.  The turn-key component benefits developers and integrators through faster time-to-market, reductions in development time, reduced BOM cost, and the highest precision and quality.

“We’re thrilled to expand our portfolio of products for robotics to include this consistent, high-performance product geared specifically for cost critical robots,” said Chad Lucien, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Hillcrest Labs. “The FSP200 serves a key part of our product family, underscoring our mission to advance the consumer robotics market by continually delivering superior solutions to the market.”

The FSP200 is available for immediate sampling along with documentation and evaluation tools, and Hillcrest Labs will begin taking production orders in first quarter 2018. For more information about the FSP200, including pricing, and Hillcrest’s broad portfolio of sensor processing products, visit: www.hillcrestlabs.com.

About Hillcrest Labs

Hillcrest Labs, a subsidiary of InterDigital, Inc. (NASDAQ:IDCC), is a leading global supplier of software, components and intellectual property to enable the intelligent use of sensors in consumer electronics and IoT devices. For more than 10 years, Hillcrest’s Freespace® sensor processing technology has powered a wide variety of consumer electronics products. Today, Hillcrest’s products are used in the development of devices in the robotics, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), TV and motion remote control segments. Our proprietary and patented Freespace® technology transforms human and machine movement into high quality, application-ready information which enables developers and manufacturers to create everyday products that work with precision.

Freespace is a registered trademark of Hillcrest Labs; MotionEngine is a trademark of Hillcrest Labs.

About InterDigital®

InterDigital develops mobile technologies that are at the core of devices, networks, and services worldwide. We solve many of the industry's most critical and complex technical challenges, inventing solutions for more efficient broadband networks and a richer multimedia experience years ahead of market deployment. InterDigital has licenses and strategic relationships with many of the world's leading wireless companies. Founded in 1972, InterDigital is listed on NASDAQ and is included in the S&P MidCap 400® index.

InterDigital is a registered trademark of InterDigital, Inc.

For more information, visit: www.interdigital.com.

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