InvenSense has announced a new product at MWC 2014 that it claims to be the world’s first 7-axis MEMS MotionTracking platform. The SoC is called the ICM-20728 and it has a 3-axis gyroscope, 3-axis accelerometer and a pressure sensor on a single chip. The chip also features a Digital Motion Processor.
Combined, the hardware inside the SoC allows the product to offer MotionTracking with absolute and relative altitude change for navigation, health, and fitness applications. InvenSense says this is the first time that a single platform could provide all that information.
The SoC is aimed at wearable devices like fitness bands and smartwatches as well as smartphones and tablets. The SoC is always on and consumes 2mW of power when the 7-axis and digital motion processor is active. The SoC is self-calibrating and is capable of activity classification for context aware applications. The altimeter function of the SoC enables indoor and outdoor 3D navigation.
The ICM-20728 also supports custom motion feature development for the InvenSense Gesture Language tools. The SoC is also compatible and drop-in ready for multiple operating systems including Android 4.4 KitKat. Sampling for the InvenSense ICM-20728 will begin in the first half of 2014. It’s unclear when we might see devices at retail using the new SoC.