Qualcomm Acquires Assets of Israeli Tablet Sensor Technologies Developer
Published on: 17th Nov 2012
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By: Ian Mansfield
Qualcomm says that it has acquired certain assets of EPOS Development a developer of ultrasound technologies for input solutions including pen stylus and gesture recognition.
The company, based in Israel, has developed digital positioning technology that enables device manufacturers to integrate advanced user input capabilities into a wide range of consumer devices.
"As computing evolves beyond the PC, consumers are looking for intuitive new ways to interact with their mobile devices," said Raj Talluri, senior vice president, product management, QTI. "EPOS' technology goes beyond the PC-era mouse and keyboard and enables touch-free gesture and pen interactions as user input mechanisms. Enabling this technology on Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor will allow devices that accommodate a more mobile and multimedia-centric lifestyle."
EPOS team members who are joining Qualcomm will be integrated into Qualcomm Israel's R&D team and will be focused on delivering new mobile device and service capabilities.
The EPOS technology is based on the digital transmission of ultrasonic waves, enabling precise tracking by a receiver to enable multiple applications.
"Ultrasound technology provides device manufacturers a low-cost approach for integrating pen and stylus-based user interfaces into their products while gaining the benefit of a slew of new capabilities," said Oded Turbahn, chief executive officer, EPOS. "Relative to other pen and stylus input solutions, the additional bill of material cost for the device is minimal as the technology does not require changes to the device's screen and is independent of screen size. The EPOS team is excited about joining Qualcomm in working to further the potential of digital ultrasound."