CEVA invests in gesture recognition software firm

November 22, 2011 //By Nick Flaherty
CEVA invests in gesture recognition software firm
DSP core designer CEVA has invested in an Israeli gesture recognition company. The software from eyeSight Mobile Technologies will run on CEVA's MM3000 ISP and video platform to add gesture recognition applications for mobile, digital home and automotive markets with the potential to improve power efficiency by a factor of 20.

The $4.2m investment with Mitsui & Co Global Investment means eyeSight will offer its portfolio of touch-free interface technologies, including gesture recognition and finger tracking software, to users of the MM3000 DSP core.

“The combination of our fully programmable CEVA-MM3000 platform together with eyeSight’s industry-leading gesture technology will clearly demonstrate the versatility of our powerful, software-based ISP and video platform,” said Gideon Wertheizer, CEO of CEVA. “This equity investment in eyeSight is aimed at expanding the addressable markets for our CEVA-MM3000 platform to include the burgeoning embedded vision and scene analysis arenas. We are strategically focused to further enhance our DSP and platform ecosystems, providing our customers with broader solutions to enable true product differentiation and to shorten their time to market.”

The complexity of gesture recognition applications continues to rapidly evolve and poses a significant burden on CPU performance and power consumption, and eyeSight’s technology supports Android, Windows, Linux and Meego as well as iOS for the iPad 2. By offloading the main CPU from performing advanced gesture technologies to the MM3000, the company estimates that the system power efficiency can be improved by a factor of 20X.

eyeSight uses the existing camera in any device to enable the gesture functionality without any increase in bill-of-materials. In addition, the fully programmable nature of the MM3000 platform allows for software updates, and allows customers to add their own proprietary features and algorithms to the platform.

“We are pleased to strengthen our relationship with CEVA towards advancing the adoption of gesture technologies in mass market devices,” said Gideon Shmuel, CEO of eyeSight. “Semiconductor vendors require higher performance, lower power and more flexible processor solutions to successfully incorporate advanced gesture technology into their product designs. Our strategic partnership with CEVA brings together our industry-leading gesture recognition technologies with the industry’s most advanced ISP and video platform to offer the CEVA-MM3000 users a powerful, software-based solution that delivers dramatically improved performance when compared


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