TDK launches portfolio of sensors and technologies enabling the next-generation of all-in-one VR platforms

TDK launches portfolio of sensors and technologies enabling the next-generation of all-in-one VR platforms

MEMS Sensors

  • InvenSense CORONA™ family of motion sensors optimized for head-mounted-displays (HMDs) and handheld controllers.
  • Chirp SonicTrack™ inside-out 6-DoF ultrasonic controller tracking solution for all-in-one (AIO) virtual reality systems.
  • Sensor fusion software that converts the individual sensor signals into an accurate motion-position-orientation tracking solution to accelerate OEM time-to-market.
  • TDK high-resolution Tunnel-Magneto-Resistive sensing elements for high-definition magnetometers.

 

January 7, 2019

TDK Corporation (TSE:6762) announces today the launch of a complete portfolio of VR sensors enabling a new class of highly accurate and affordable all-in-one VR solutions. The key platform components are:

  • InvenSense ICM-42688 6-axis motion sensor for HMDs provides the lowest noise figure in the industry and features the only high-resolution measurement mode, enabling the measurement of VR headset movement with unprecedented accuracy.
  • InvenSense ICM-42686 6-axis motion sensor for VR controllers provides the industry’s only extended range motion measurement mode, enabling the accurate tracking of the handheld controller movement at any speed.
  • Chirp Microsystem’s ultralow power CH-101 ultrasonic transceiver coupled with Chirp’s SonicTrack™ system is the only time-of-flight based inside-out tracking solution for all-in-one VR systems that delivers true 3D positioning between the head-mounted-display and the handheld controllers.
  • TDK Sensor Fusion software that processes the sensor inputs simultaneously to create a simple, fused output that describes the exact 3D position and movement of all VR HW components and runs on commercial application processors.
  • TDK TMR sensing elements that enable magnetometers with significantly higher resolution than traditional Hall-effect based magnetometers, thereby enabling the exact determination of the orientation changes of the HMD and controllers.

The key sensor requirement for any VR system is the precise alignment between the Head-Mounted-Display (HMD) and the Handheld Controllers. This means that even the slightest head or the most extreme hand movement needs to be measured fast and accurately, to allow the immediate rendering of the changed VR scenery. Even small misalignments between the HMD and controllers can severely impact the user experience and eventually lead to game-over “motion sickness”.

In addition to the excellent performance of the VR sensor platform, TDK all-in-one VR platform also sets new standards with respect to small size, low weight, and reduced Bill-of-Materials (BOM), which taken together enable the most affordable and wearable all-in-one VR systems in the industry.

“At this year’s CES show we’re announcing innovative VR solutions with some of the world’s leading VR system providers like HTC and platform enablers like Qualcomm, and together we’re shaping the all-in-one AR/VR/XR space,” said Behrooz Abdi, president and general manager of MEMS sensors business group at TDK. “We’re AR/VR enthusiasts ourselves, so we’re motivated to always refine the precision and accuracy of our technology, removing timing lags and hiccups, thus allowing for a truly immersive AR/VR experience.”

TDK and its group companies offer a comprehensive portfolio of sensors, electronic components and solutions for mobile, wearables, AR/VR, automotive, IoT and industrial applications will be at CES 2019, showcasing the next-generation of all-in-one VR platforms, in Booth #30306, Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall 3, January 8-11, Las Vegas, Nev. Please visit: www.invensense.com or contact InvenSense Sales at sales@invensense.com for more information. TDK TMR sensing element-based magnetometers are available from TDK partner AKM (www.akm.com), and samples are available under the part number AK09940.

 


 

Glossary

  • AR/VR: Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality / Extended Reality
  • AIO: All-in-One
  • HMD: Head Mounted Device
  • 6-Axis: 3-Axis Gyroscope + 3-Axis Accelerometer
  • 6-DoF: Six Degrees of Freedom (Three degrees of x-y-z SHIFT and three degrees of x-y-z ROTATION)

 

Main applications

  • High performance head mounted displays (HMDs) for VR
  • Glasses and other head-worn displays for AR/VR/MR
  • Game controllers
  • Handheld consumer electronics
  • Wearables

 

Key features and benefits:

  • Lowest gyroscope and accelerometer noise, fundamental for AR/VR system accuracy
  • Best gyroscope temperature stability, critical to maintain precise motion measurement in AR/VR subsystems
  • Mobile optimized ultralow power, light weight and does not require base station
  • Only motion sensor that can synchronize samples to eliminate critical timing errors
  • Highest motion measurement range and resolution, indispensable for accurate measurement of head/hand movement in gaming and virtual reality applications

 


 

About TDK Corporation

TDK Corporation is a leading electronics company based in Tokyo, Japan. It was established in 1935 to commercialize ferrite, a key material in electronic and magnetic products. TDK’s comprehensive portfolio features passive components such as ceramic, aluminum electrolytic and film capacitors, as well as magnetics, high-frequency, and piezo and protection devices. The product spectrum also includes sensors and sensor systems such as temperature and pressure, magnetic, and MEMS sensors. In addition, TDK provides power supplies and energy devices, magnetic heads and more. These products are marketed under the product brands TDK, EPCOS, InvenSense, Micronas, Tronics and TDK-Lambda. TDK focuses on demanding markets in the areas of information and communication technology and automotive, industrial and consumer electronics. The company has a network of design and manufacturing locations and sales offices in Asia, Europe, and in North and South America. In fiscal 2018, TDK posted total sales of USD 12 billion and employed about 103,000 people worldwide.

 

About InvenSense

InvenSense, Inc., a TDK Group company, is a world leading provider of MEMS sensor platforms. InvenSense’s vision of Sensing Everything® targets the consumer electronics and industrial areas with integrated Motion, Sound, and Ultrasonic solutions. InvenSense’s solutions combine MEMS (micro electrical mechanical systems) sensors, such as accelerometers, gyroscopes, compasses, microphones, and ultrasonic 3D-sensing with proprietary algorithms and firmware that intelligently process, synthesize, and calibrate the output of sensors, maximizing performance and accuracy. InvenSense’s motion tracking, ultrasonic, audio, fingerprint, location platforms and services can be found in Mobile, Wearables, Smart Home, Industrial, Automotive, and IoT products. InvenSense became part of the MEMS Sensors Business Group within the newly formed Sensor Systems Business Company of TDK Corporation in 2017. In February of 2018, Chirp Microsystems joined the InvenSense family through its acquisition by TDK.  InvenSense is headquartered in San Jose, California and has offices worldwide. For more information, go to www.invensense.com.

 


 

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Contacts for media

TDK Brand Contact   Phone Mail
InvenSense Mr. David A. ALMOSLINO InvenSense

San Jose, CA

+1 408-501-2278 pr@invensense.com
Karbo Ms. Kim LIANTHAMANI Karbo Communications
San Francisco, CA
+1 415-255-6512 TDKUSA@karbocom.com

 

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