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Is Fairchild eyeing MEMS sensors with Xsens buy?

Posted: 10 Mar 2014  Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Fairchild  Xsense  sensors 

A report about Xsens executives giving out Fairchild business cards at the Mobile World Congress has people asking if Fairchild Semiconductor Int. Inc. has acquired Dutch company, Xsens Technologies BV. That still remains unconfirmed as both companies have neither confirmed nor denied the reports.

Xsens' expertise is in software. It has a history of providing body tracking software for use in green-screen production in Hollywood films as well as research in such things as augmented reality. In 2012, the company built and demonstrated a wearable wireless 3D body motion tracking system based on consumer-grade MEMS combo sensors from STMicroelectronics.

With the increased interest in wearable equipment as an adjunct to a smartphone hub, the ability to locate objects and people in space is becoming of greater interest to chip companies.

Fairchild is not commercially involved in manufacturing or selling MEMS sensors at present but its acquisition of Jyve Inc. in November 2010 and its employment of Janusz Bryzek, as VP of MEMS and sensing solutions, has led to the belief that the company is set to enter the market. It is said that such moves would dovetail with the acquisition of Xsens, despite losing a $105 million infringement case to Power Integrations on account of two power supply IC patents, it is said that Fairchild's acquisition of Xsens would dovetail with such a move.

- Based on a report by:
  Peter Clarke
  EE Times Europe





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