Qualcomm Acquires Assets of Digital Positioning Technology Innovator EPOS
- Company's Software-based Input Solutions Enable Next-generation User
Experiences for Tablets, Smartphones and E-readers -
SAN DIEGO, Nov. 16, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Nov. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI), a
wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), today
announced that it has acquired certain assets of EPOS Development, Ltd.
(EPOS), a leading developer of ultrasound technologies for input solutions,
including pen, stylus and gesture recognition. The company, based in Hod
Hasharon, Israel, has developed digital positioning technology that enables
device manufacturers to integrate advanced user input capabilities into a wide
range of consumer devices.
"As computing evolves beyond the PC, consumers are looking for intuitive new
ways to interact with their mobile devices," said Raj Talluri, senior vice
president, product management, QTI. "EPOS' technology goes beyond the PC-era
mouse and keyboard and enables touch-free gesture and pen interactions as user
input mechanisms.Enabling this technology on Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor
will allow devices that accommodate a more mobile and multimedia-centric
The acquired assets will further strengthen and differentiate Qualcomm's
Snapdragon processor, allowing unique and powerful next-generation user
experiences for smartphones, tablets and e-readers. EPOS team members who are
joining Qualcomm will be integrated into Qualcomm Israel's R&D team and will
be focused on delivering new mobile device and service capabilities.
The EPOS technology is based on the digital transmission of ultrasonic waves,
enabling precise tracking by a receiver to enable multiple applications.
"Ultrasound technology provides device manufacturers a low-cost approach for
integrating pen and stylus-based user interfaces into their products while
gaining the benefit of a slew of new capabilities," said Oded Turbahn, chief
executive officer, EPOS. "Relative to other pen and stylus input solutions,
the additional bill of material cost for the device is minimal as the
technology does not require changes to the device's screen and is independent
of screen size. The EPOS team is excited about joining Qualcomm in working to
further the potential of digital ultrasound."
EPOS' ultrasound technology provides a differentiated, high-resolution user
experience that works on screen and off screen, as well as in three
dimensions. Qualcomm intends to provide digital pen/stylus reference designs
to help accelerate adoption of this technology in the consumer, enterprise and
About EPOS Development, Ltd.
EPOS Development, Ltd. is a leading provider of advanced digital positioning
technologies. Headquartered in Israel and backed by Jerusalem Venture Partners
(JVP), Walden Israel Venture Capital and Tel-Ad, EPOS develops next-generation
input solutions for consumer electronics and mobile devices.
About Qualcomm Technologies
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm
Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), is redefining the way people incorporate wireless
devices and services into everyday life. QTI and its subsidiaries operate
substantially all of Qualcomm's research and development activities, and
product and services businesses, including Qualcomm's semiconductor business,
QCT. QTI's developments enable opportunities across the wireless and wired
value chains by making devices and networks faster, content richer and
communications more personal and affordable to people everywhere. For more
information, go to www.qualcomm.com.
Qualcomm is a registered trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated. All other
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Tina Asmar, Corporate Communications
Warren Kneeshaw, Investor Relations
SOURCE Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
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