Cadence Announces Sensor Platforms as New Tensilica HiFi Audio Partner for Sensor Fusion and Context Awareness Applications

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), a leader in global electronic design innovation, today announced that the FreeMotion™ Sensor Fusion and Context Awareness Libraries from Sensor Platforms, Inc. (SPI) are being ported to the Cadence® Tensilica® HiFi Audio/Voice digital signal processing (DSP) core. This software is scheduled to be available in the second quarter of 2014.

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The FreeMotion Library interprets sensor data to determine the position and orientation of the device and the context of the user. The library provides sensor fusion, the algorithmic technique of combining the outputs from two or more sensors, to record a common event so that the fused result better captures the event than any single input.  This allows applications to get more reliable information from sensors and provides context awareness, which is a layer of algorithms on top of sensor fusion that interprets sensor data to deduce higher-level information. These algorithms determine a context even when users are not directly interfacing with their devices.

“SPI enables the next big step in mobile devices—the concept of always-on sensors that enable ubiquitous context awareness and, eventually, determination of user intent,” stated Frank Shemansky, SPI’s vice president of business development. “The Cadence Tensilica HiFi DSP core lets device makers offload these functions from the applications processor, significantly extending battery life.”

“The Tensilica HiFi Mini Audio/Voice DSP core is Cadence’s smallest, lowest power DSP core for always-on applications,” saidLarry Przywara, Cadence’s director of audio/video intellectual property (IP) marketing. “Companies like SPI have discovered that aside from voice applications, it is also a highly attractive applications-processor-offload DSP core for other always-on functions.”

About Cadence

Cadence enables global electronic design innovation and plays an essential role in the creation of today’s integrated circuits and electronics. Customers use Cadence software, hardware, IP, and services to design and verify advanced semiconductors, consumer electronics, networking and telecommunications equipment, and computer systems. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with sales offices, design centers, and research facilities around the world to serve the global electronics industry. More information about the company, its products, and services is available at www.cadence.com.

About Sensor Platforms

Sensor Platforms, Inc. is a venture-financed company located in Silicon Valley that develops, for licensing, algorithmic software that enables consumer applications to better understand user contexts and intent. The company’s FreeMotion Library makes sensor fusion and user context awareness available in smartphones and tablets, to combine and process data from installed sensors and microprocessors, in order to better interpret users’ movements and situations, and infer their intents. For more information, visit www.sensorplatforms.com.

On July 11th 2014, Audience completed the acquisition of Sensor Platforms. Audience believes the combination of its Advanced Voice and Multisensory Processing with Sensor Platforms’ technology places the combined company in a unique position to deliver compelling solutions based on the fusion of voice and motion.

Multisensory user interface with context awareness will bring fresh differentiation and end-user value to the market for smartphones, wearables and other mobile devices. Sensor Platforms has developed key technologies and software infrastructure in this space, and the combination of our engineering teams will enable us to rapidly scale our capabilities in context awareness-based user interface.

Audience welcomes the Sensor Platforms team and thanks all of its partners for their continued support during this transition.