Low-power sensor hub helps make sensor fusion easy

Microchip’s new SSC7102 is a low-power, flexible and turnkey sensor hub that makes it a lot easier to implement sensor fusion and provides an extremely large selection of supported sensors. Microchip has partnered directly with multiple sensor manufacturers and sensor-fusion specialists to create this, the aim being to enable faster time to market without the need for sensor-fusion expertise.

The SSC7102 is efficient consuming ~4 mA while running complex sensor-fusion algorithms, resulting in longer battery life for Window 8.1 tablets, laptops, ultrabooks and smart phones.

Sensors can now be added to virtually anything, due to their small cost and size. IHS iSuppli predicts that more than 6 billion motion sensors are expected to ship in mobile handsets and tablets by 2016.

As the use of sensors extends so system requirements are moving from simple monitoring to providing complex information about our environment and activities. Data from multiple sensors, which sense motion via accelerometers, magnetometers and gyroscopes, as well as environmental factors such as light, temperature, humidity and pressure, needs to be incorporated or “fused” in the system. The SSC7102 sensor hub runs these complex sensor-fusion algorithms, while providing maximum flexibility in an easy-to-implement solution.

In developing the SSC7102 Microchip partnered with companies, such as Bosch and Movea, to deliver an easy-to-use, Windows 8.1-certified HID-over-I2C solution with exceptionally low power consumption.

The SSC7102 sensor hub is available in a 6mm x 6mm body, BGA package.

Samples are available now and volume production is expected by the end of this quarter.



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