Interdigital Announces Acquisition of Sensor Processing Technology Pioneer Hillcrest Labs


– Rockville, MD company’s technology found in Smart TVs, gaming systems, smartphones, virtual reality systems, consumer robots and many more devices –

WILMINGTON, DE and ROCKVILLE, MD — December 20, 2016 —InterDigital, Inc. (NASDAQ:IDCC), a mobile technology research and development company, today announced the acquisition of Hillcrest Labs, a pioneer in sensor processing technology. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Hillcrest Labs was founded in 2001 by Dan Simpkins, a technology entrepreneur with a proven track record of success. The company has innovated in the area of Smart TV, and their Freespace® sensor processing technology has broadened to encompass virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) systems, gaming systems, wearable devices, smartphones, robotics and other categories. Hillcrest Labs has won significant industry recognition, including multiple CES Innovations Honoree awards and inclusion in PC World’s 100 Best Products.

“Hillcrest Labs is driving some of the foundational innovation in sensors and sensor fusion, a technology that is already important today, and poised to become pervasive in a broad range of consumer electronic products including smartphones, AR and VR systems, wearables, and service robots, among others,” said William J. Merritt, President and CEO of InterDigital. “Their customer base features some of the top electronics companies worldwide, and adding them to the InterDigital team broadens our offering for mobile devices and accelerates our technology footprint in markets that are adjacent to our existing position.”

“InterDigital is an excellent partner for Hillcrest Labs, providing us with the resources and scale necessary to drive our market penetration in our existing markets while also enhancing our ability to pursue exciting new segments where our technology can add value,” said Dan Simpkins, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Hillcrest Labs. “For more than a decade, Hillcrest Labs has been a technology pioneer and market leader and today’s announcement is the culmination of years of innovation and dedication from our remarkable team. InterDigital’s own track record as an innovator on the global technology stage is closely aligned with our vision and we look forward to working together.”

Hillcrest Labs’ customers have included electronics giants like LG, Lenovo, ZTE, Coolpad, LeEco, Sony and others. The company has also developed an intellectual property portfolio of more than 235 granted patents and pending applications.  The Hillcrest Labs team of approximately 40 employees will remain based in Rockville, MD as part of the InterDigital team.


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.

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About Hillcrest Labs

Hillcrest Labs is a leading global supplier of software, components and intellectual property to enable the intelligent use of sensors in consumer electronics and IoT devices. Today, Hillcrest’s products are used in the development of devices in the virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), robotics, 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.


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Hillcrest Labs’ BNO080 Sensor Node is Ideal for AR, VR, Robotics and IoT Devices that Demand High Accuracy Sensor Processing

– The BNO080’s high precision motion tracking, 1 KHz sensor fusion, low latency, and low power make this an essential component for consumer electronics and IoT products –

Rockville, MD – December 13, 2016 –  Hillcrest Labs’ BNO080 sensor node is a 9-axis System in Package (SiP) which enables rapid prototyping and development of sensor-enabled Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), Robotics and IoT devices. Co-developed by Hillcrest Labs and Bosch Sensortec, it features a high-performance accelerometer, magnetometer, and gyroscope with a low-power 32-bit ARM Cortex M0+ MCU in a small package. Hillcrest’s sensor hub software, pre-integrated on the BNO080, provides exceptional 9-Axis and 6-Axis motion tracking to enable exciting sensor applications in diverse consumer products.

The BNO080 builds on the success of Hillcrest’s BNO070 solution and now provides new application specific configurations and features in a small turn-key component.  Product developers and OEMs will benefit through faster time-to-market, reductions in development time and BOM cost, and a solution that delivers the highest precision and quality.  The BNO080 is designed for use in a variety of applications including:

  • AR and VR Head-tracking: Designed for Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) head-tracking, the BNO080 boasts 1KHz sensor fusion, 2 msec of latency, predictive tracking, and Hillcrest’s patented AR/VR Stabilization feature
  • AR and VR 3DoF Controllers: Market proven Freespace® motion technology enables high precision 3DoF controllers for VR and AR systems
  • Autonomous Robot Navigation: Ideal for use in navigation systems for autonomous robots with high accuracy heading that consistently delivers 0.5°/min long term bias drift and maintains its heading even when the surface is not level
  • IoT Devices: A single chip, turn-key solution for sensor-based IoT devices that require high performance heading, orientation and vibration detection operating at low power

With sensors and software pre-integrated, the BNO080 eases system integration, provides faster time to market and reduces development costs.  The BNO080 is delivered as a single chip solution with a compact size (5.2mm x 3.8mm x 1.1 mm) that makes it ideal for consumer electronics devices, where both power and space are limited.  In addition, Hillcrest’s BNO080 Development Kit provides customers with a simple and effective evaluation platform for the product. The development kit contains the BNO080 Development Board (designed as a ‘shield’ board), a STM32 Nucleo Dev Platform, and Hillcrest’s MotionStudio2.0 Evaluation Software.  The beta release of the BNO080 and its development kit are available now for pre-order with general availability in Q1 2017.

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Sensoplex Unveils Quattro H-class, The World’s Most Accurate Sensor Platform for Wearable and IoT Solutions

– Quattro H-class sets new standard for high accuracy clinical grade motion analysis and gesture tracking in clinical trials, action sports, robotics, and augmented and virtual reality –

Redwood City, Calif.WEBWIRE – Thursday, April 21, 2016

Sensoplex Inc., a world leader in the design, development, and production of high performance, precision wearable and IoT devices, today announced the availability of Quattro H-class, the company’s most advanced and most accurate 32-bit wearable hardware and software development platform with wireless connectivity. The platform boasts an unprecedented level of precision previously not achievable by existing wearable devices and is ideal for demanding applications where accuracy is critical, such as clinical trials, active sports, robotics, and augmented and virtual reality.

The Quattro H-class platform combines cutting edge Intelligent Sensor Interpretation technology and advanced system design from Sensoplex, with a precision-tuned sensor array from Hillcrest Labs that features proprietary sensor fusion algorithms to eliminate sensor drift. Sensor drift is an issue that plagues all motion sensors and reduces their precision. By leveraging Hillcrest Labs proprietary algorithms, Quattro H-class is able to consistently and continuously maintain an extremely high accuracy performance.  Sensoplex’s Intelligent Sensor Interpretation translates and further enhances sensor readings into clinical grade, highly accurate real world measurements that are applicable to the target application such as high accuracy human motion analysis for clinical trials.

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Wearable Device Makers to Enjoy Higher Performance and Faster Time to Market Thanks to Hillcrest Labs


– “MotionEngine™ Wear” provides high performance and low power activity tracking, sleep monitoring, context awareness, gesture control, and navigation –

– Provides manufacturers greater choice and control over sensors, microcontrollers and operating systems to lower costs and speed time to market –


Rockville, MD – September 29, 2015 – Today’s device manufacturers must piece together disparate, component-level software to create sensor-based wearable devices – often at the expense of accuracy and power consumption. Manufacturers of wearable devices are looking for cost-effective, turnkey solutions that function as a system to provide faster time to market, increased functionality, superior performance, and supply-chain flexibility. In response, Hillcrest Labs today unveiled its MotionEngine™ Wear software with always-on, sensor-enabled features optimized for the latest generation of wearable devices.

According to industry research firm IDC, the worldwide wearables market will reach a total of 76.1 million units in 2015, up 163.6% from 2014, and 173.4 million units by 2019, resulting in a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.9%1. Hillcrest’s MotionEngine Wear offers device makers the ability to quickly create differentiated wearable products across the health, fitness, and lifestyle segments of this growing market. MotionEngine Wear is ideal for smartwatches, activity and fitness bands, health and sleep monitors, and smart clothing. The small software footprint and low power profile make it ideal for devices targeted to the mass market, active or sports segment, commercial and industrial markets, or for fashion accessories.

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ZTE Selects Hillcrest Labs for Advanced Sensor Processing and Context Awareness across Smartphones

– Hillcrest Labs’ Freespace® Sensor Hub Software to Deliver Always-On, Sensor-Enabled User Experiences to ZTE’s Flagship Smartphone Product Lines –

Rockville, MD – September 8, 2015 – In advance of the CTIA Super Mobility 2015 conference, Hillcrest Labs today announced that ZTE, a leading global manufacturer of smartphones and mobile devices, is using both Hillcrest’s Freespace® motion and sensor hub software to enhance its flagship Axon and Star series smartphones with advanced sensor processing and context awareness features.

ZTE axonSpecifically, Hillcrest’s motion and sensor hub software provides high performance sensor processing that dramatically lowers power consumption and enables new user experiences across ZTE’s smartphones. Coupled with Hillcrest’s Freespace motion software, ZTE’s phones now provide more advanced, value-added features, such as always-on context awareness, gesture recognition and activity tracking, while delivering industry-leading sensor fusion, heading and motion tracking functions that are required to power all of the standard and third-party applications that rely on the Android® Lollipop sensor API.

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Hillcrest Labs Powers ALCATEL ONETOUCH’s Smartwatch with Advanced Sensor Hub for Context Awareness and Activity Tracking

– Hillcrest’s Freespace® MotionEngine™ Software Enables “Always On” Health and Fitness Tracking, Context Awareness and Gesture Controls for ALCATEL ONETOUCH’s Smartwatch –

Rockville, MD – January 6, 2015 – Hillcrest Labs today announced that ALCATEL ONETOUCH, one the leading mobile phone brands, has licensed Hillcrest’s patented Freespace® software to provide advanced sensor-based functionality on ALCATEL ONETOUCH’s smartwatch.

Specifically, Hillcrest’s Freespace MotionEngine™ software powers a sensor hub that provides always on context awareness, activity tracking and intuitive gesture recognition functionality. Hillcrest’s software extends the battery life with context aware power savings, simplifies the user experience, and enables users to effortlessly track their daily fitness-related activities, such as walking and running. ALCATEL ONETOUCH’s smartwatch will be available in various markets worldwide. [Read more…]

Hillcrest Labs Brings Motion, Gesture and Cursor Control to Skyworth Smart TVs

– Hillcrest’s Freespace® MotionEngine to Power Skyworth’s Android Smart TVs –

Rockville, MD – October 6, 2014 – Hillcrest Labs today announced that Skyworth, a leading TV brand in China, will use Hillcrest’s patented motion software in its new line of Smart TVs. Hillcrest’s Freespace® MotionEngineSmart TV software will enable advanced motion, gesture and cursor control to navigate and interact with the wide range of content, games and apps available on Skyworth’s Android™-based Smart TVs.

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Hillcrest Labs Selected by Coolpad for Low Power Sensor Hub in New Smartphones

– Hillcrest’s Freespace® Sensor Hub Software Powers “Always On” Gestures and Context Awareness on Coolpad’s Android™ Smartphones –

Rockville, MD – June 23, 2014 – Hillcrest Labstoday announced that Coolpad Group (previously China Wireless), the seventh-largest global smartphone OEM[1], is using Hillcrest’s sensor hub software to enable always on sensing on Coolpad smartphones. Specifically, Hillcrest’s Freespace® software will run on Atmel’s low-power microcontroller solutions to provide high performance sensor fusion, gesture recognition, and always on context awareness capabilities, with dramatically lower power consumption and extended battery life. Additional details, such as smartphone models or pricing, were not disclosed.

Hillcrest Labs Freespace Powers Coolpad 8971 Front

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Hillcrest Labs Selected by Lenovo to Bring Motion, Gesture and Cursor Control to Smart TVs

– Hillcrest’s Freespace® MotionEngine to Power Lenovo’s Android™ Smart TVs –

 Rockville, MD – April 22, 2014 – Hillcrest Labs announced today that Lenovo’s new line of Smart TVs is using Hillcrest’s patented Freespace® in-air pointing and motion control software. Freespace enables point-and-click, gesture and motion control of Smart TVs through simple in-air movements of a remote control. Lenovo’s Freespace-enabled Smart TVs include the new S9 Smart TV that was unveiled on April 16 for sale across China.

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Hillcrest Labs and Bosch Sensortec Collaborate on Sensor Hub Solution for Head-Mounted Displays and Wearable Devices

– Hillcrest’s SH-1 sensor hub software included on Bosch Sensortec’s BNO070 9-axis system in package (SiP) for head-mounted displays –

San Francisco, CA – March 6, 2014 – Hillcrest Labs (“Hillcrest”) and Bosch Sensortec  today announced a partnership to launch a new sensor solution for head-mounted displays (HMDs). The BNO070 solution includes Hillcrest’s SH-1 sensor hub software running on Bosch Sensortec’s 9-axis system in package (SiP), which features an accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, and a 32-bit microcontroller in a single package. The solution is optimized for the HMD market, and can be customized for other wearable computing applications. Hillcrest and Bosch Sensortec will begin sampling the new BNO070 to key development partners in mid-2014.  [Read more…]