LAS VEGAS /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- Cypress Semiconductor Corp. announced that Leap Motion has selected Cypress's EZ-USB FX3 solution for its 3D motion sensing and control technology. The Leap Motion controller provides "unparalleled accuracy, persistence, and low latency, making it the world's most accurate 3D motion control technology." Cypress's programmable FX3 solution provides Leap Motion with a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface for transferring image sensor data to a computer, contributing to the real-time tracking beneficial for an exceptional user experience.
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Named by Popular Mechanics as one of "The Top 10 Tech Breakthroughs of 2012," Leap Motion's controller creates a 3D interaction space that allows users to control their computer with intuitive hand and finger movements. Leap Motion captures the precise movements of all 10 fingers to 1/100th mm—smaller than the tip of a pin. The Leap Motion controller's USB port leverages the Cypress FX3 solution and can connect to any Mac or PC computer with either USB 2.0 or 3.0 capability.
Inside its small (1 in. by 3 in. by ½ in.) form factor, the Leap Motion controller contains two image sensors that work with the Cypress FX3 device to capture 16-bit wide data. The Cypress FX3 solution packetizes the data in USB Video Class (UVC) format and sends it to the user's computer via either a USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 port. Leap Motion's patented 3D motion control software then processes the data in real time to create 3-D motion controls.
"Leap Motion set a high standard when we evaluated component providers for our controller. Our ground-breaking software requires hardware that provides extremely fast processing power to offer users real-time 3D motion control at a level never experienced before," said Michael Buckwald, co-founder and CEO of Leap Motion. "The programmability of the Cypress FX3 solution helped us create a simple and elegant hardware design for the Leap Motion device while also keeping bill-of-material costs low."
"We are very pleased to work with Leap Motion in bringing their revolutionary 3D motion controller to the consumer market," said Mark Fu, Senior Marketing Director for the USB 3.0 Business Unit at Cypress. "FX3 provides a one-chip solution that reduces the hardware complexity of the Leap Motion device and still provides ample flexibility for customization and future upgrades."
The Leap Motion controller will start shipping in early 2013. Pre-orders can be made for $70 on the company's Web site.
Cypress's EZ-USB FX3 is the "industry's only programmable USB 3.0 peripheral control solution." FX3 is equipped with a fully configurable General Programmable Interface (GPIF II), which can be programmed in 8-, 16-, and 32-bit configurations. GPIF II enables FX3 to interfaces directly with any processors, ASIC, FPGA, and up to two image sensors. The GPIF Designer, a graphical user interface (GUI) tool kit, helps system designers to configure the GPIF interface to their needs. In addition, FX3's on-chip ARM9 CPU core with 512 KB RAM delivers 200 MIPS of computational power. More information on Cypress's EZ-USB FX3 solution is available on the company's Web site.
About Leap Motion
Based in San Francisco, Leap Motion is a motion-control software and hardware company, developing the world's most powerful and sensitive 3D motion-control and motion-sensing technology. Leap Motion's first product, the Leap Motion controller, will be available in early 2013. Leap Motion is 200 times more sensitive than existing motion-control technology, making it the "first product to let users navigate and interact with computer applications using natural hand and finger movements." Leap Motion was founded in 2010 by Michael Buckwald and David Holz.
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. delivers high-performance, mixed-signal, programmable solutions that provide customers with rapid time-to-market and exceptional system value. Cypress offerings include the flagship PSoC 1, PSoC 3, and PSoC 5 programmable system-on-chip families and derivatives, CapSense touch sensing, and TrueTouch solutions for touchscreens. Cypress is the "world leader in USB controllers, including the high-performance West Bridge solution that enhances connectivity and performance in multimedia handsets, PCs, and tablets. Cypress is also the world leader in SRAM memories." Cypress serves numerous markets including consumer, mobile handsets, computation, data communications, automotive, industrial, and military.
Cypress, the Cypress logo, EZ-USB, PSoC, CapSense, TrueTouch, and West Bridge are registered trademarks, and FX3 and GPIF are trademarks of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. All other trademarks are property of their owners.