Automotive-qualified 3D gesture recognition controller

Automotive-qualified 3D gesture recognition controller

By eeNews Europe

The MGC3140 is the first member of Microchip’s 3D gesture controller family that is qualified for automotive use. The controller can be used in a wide range of applications that limit driver distraction and add convenience to vehicles. The capacitive technology-based air gesture controller can be used to navigate infotainment systems, sun shade operation, interior lighting and other applications.

The MGC3140 is AEC-Q100 qualified and can operate in temperatures from -40 to +125 degrees Celsius. The chip also meets stringent EMI and EMC requirements for automotive system designs. Each 3D gesture system consists of a sensor that can be constructed from any conductive material, and the gesture controller tuned for each individual application. The MGC3140 offers reliable sensing in full sunlight and harsh environments, allowing HMI designers to design with fewer physical constraints.

Microchip’s Emerald evaluation kit can be used to prototype 3D gesture recognition designs. It includes a reference PCB with the MGC3140 controller, a PCB-based sensor to recognise gestures, as well as cables, software and documentation. All parts are compatible with Microchip’s Aurea software development environment which supports all Microchip 3D gesture controllers.

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