As I've mentioned before, I believe that we are poised on the brink of a brave new world in which sensors, the systems that process data from the sensors, and the applications that use the data from the sensors will dominate the mobile industry.
Our mobile devices already boast sensors like accelerometers, magnetometers, and gyroscopes, but these are only the tip of the iceberg. These sensors are now being augmented with proximity sensors, gesture detection capabilities, sensors that can determine where the user is looking, all coupled with a host of environmental sensors for things like ambient light, temperature, humidity, and so forth.
One term we hear in this context is "always on." The trick is to control all of these sensors and handle the data they generate while consuming 2 percent or less of the entire system's power budget. A few months ago, QuickLogic introduced the ArcticLink 3 S1 -- an ultra-low-power, always-on, context-aware sensor hub solution platform for mobile devices. (See Touch Me, Feel Me: QuickLogic's Sensor Fusion Solution.) Now, QuickLogic is announcing an associated sensor hub IDE (integrated development environment) and development board.
This sensor hub IDE -- called the Flexible Fusion Engine Algorithm Tool (FFEAT) -- and development board support easy sensor bring-up, sensor algorithm development, and real-time board-level debug for quicker time-to-market.
Click here for more information on QuickLogic's FFEAT software and the Sensor Hub development board.
— Max Maxfield, Editor of All Things Fun & Interesting