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March 28, 2015 11:49 PM ET


Company Overview of Hillcrest Laboratories, Inc.

Company Overview

Hillcrest Laboratories, Inc., also known as Hillcrest Labs, is a global supplier of software and hardware for motion-enabled products. It offers MotionEngine software that brings Freespace motion to motion-enabled devices, such as smart TVs, set top boxes, Blu-Ray players, smartphones, tablets, other connected TV devices and mobile devices, remote controls, mice, head mounted displays, and body motion trackers; and SH-1 Sensor Hub, an intelligent sensor hub software stack to enable motion tracking, context recognition, and gesture capture in smartphones, tablets, ultra books, convertibles, head mounted displays, wearable electronics, and Internet of things devices. The company also offers se...

15245 Shady Grove Road

Suite 400

Rockville, MD 20850

United States

Founded in 2001





Key Executives for Hillcrest Laboratories, Inc.

Founder, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President
Senior Vice President of Finance & Administration
Senior Vice President of Product Strategy
Chief Technology Officer
General Counsel
Age: 57
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Hillcrest Laboratories, Inc. Key Developments

Synopsys, Inc. Selects Hillcrest Labs for Synopsys' DesignWare Sensor and Control IP Subsystem

Synopsys, Inc. and Hillcrest Labs announced that Hillcrest's Freespace MotionEngine software optimized for Synopsys' DesignWare Sensor and Control IP Subsystem. Hillcrest's MotionEngine software transforms sensor data into high quality, contextual information that powers sensor-enabled features on a wide range of devices. Synopsys' Sensor and Control IP Subsystem offers designers a pre-verified, system-on-chip (SoC)-ready IP platform optimized to meet sensor and control processing requirements common in 'always-on' Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The combination of Hillcrest's intelligent sensor processing software stack and Synopsys' energy-efficient DesignWare Sensor and Control IP Subsystem enables developers of sensor-enabled devices to implement high quality, always-on sensor processing functionality with extremely low power consumption. Hillcrest's patented Freespace MotionEngine technology provides ultra-low power sensor processing to enable always-on sensing. The software can dramatically extend battery life through context-aware power savings, enabling greater use of a variety of new applications including advanced activity tracking, intuitive gesture recognition and pedestrian navigation. The MotionEngine software intelligently combines data from an array of motion, environmental and biometric sensors to provide a cost-effective way to deploy sensor hubs and enhance mobile, wearable and IoT devices with advanced sensor features. The highly integrated DesignWare Sensor and Control IP Subsystem processes data from digital and analog sensors and always-on audio sources, consuming only a fraction of the power of discrete processor-based solutions. Hillcrest's software has been optimized to take advantage of the subsystem's low-power capabilities to provide always-on sensing without compromising accuracy, reliability or functionality. The configurable subsystem includes a choice of ARC® EM processors for varied performance needs, and tightly integrated pulse-width modulation (PWM), serial peripheral interface (SPI), Inter-Integrated Circuit (I2C) and Analog to Digital Converter (ADC) and Digital to Analog Converter (DAC) interfaces for a wide range of off-chip sensor and actuator connections. Hillcrest's MotionEngine software utilizes the Sensor and Control IP Subsystem's optional IEEE 754-2008 compliant floating-point unit (FPU) to support applications requiring single- or double-precision floating point operations. The combined hardware-software sensor hub solution is optimized for sensor fusion applications in which an extensive amount of raw sensor input must be processed and transformed into application-ready data while consuming as little energy as possible.

Coolpad Selects Hillcrest Labs for Low Power Sensor Hub in New Smartphones

Hillcrest Labs announced that Coolpad Group is using Hillcrest's sensor hub software to enable always on sensing on Coolpad smartphones. Specifically, Hillcrest's Freespace(R) software will run on Atmel's low-power microcontroller solutions to provide high performance sensor fusion, gesture recognition, and always on context awareness capabilities, with dramatically lower power consumption and extended battery life. Sensor hubs are a separate class of chips designed to offload sensor management from the main processor for mobile phones and other devices. They reduce the power requirements to add always on sensing in smart phones, tablets, and wearable's devices such as activity monitors, smart watches, and head mounted displays (HMDs). This enables gesture control, context awareness, pedestrian navigation, augmented reality, health and fitness monitoring, and immersive gaming. Hillcrest's sensor hub software products combine an array of sophisticated algorithms to provide low power, high performance sensor fusion and transform sensor data into valuable application-ready information.

Lenovo Selects Hillcrest Labs to Bring Motion, Gesture and Cursor Control to Smart TVs; to Open New Regional Office Based in Taiwan

Hillcrest Labs announced that Lenovo's new line of Smart TVs is using Hillcrest's patented Freespace(R) in-air pointing and motion control software. Freespace enables point-and-click, gesture and motion control of Smart TVs through simple in-air movements of a remote control. Lenovo's Freespace-enabled Smart TVs include the new S9 Smart TV that was unveiled on April 16 for sale across China. Freespace will form the foundation of Lenovo's Smart TV user experience and enable improved content navigation, better gaming options, and simple Web browsing. It provides simple to use point-and-click controls and 3D motion tracking optimized for consumers in the living room environment. This is particularly important for Android(TM) TVs, as the technology replicates the touch and tilt based controls commonly used by Android apps on other devices. Lenovo's choice of Freespace is further evidence of the technology's importance across advanced Smart TV platforms. It also marks another major, Asia-based consumer electronics OEM to adopt Hillcrest's technology. To support this growing market, Hillcrest also announced that it will open a new regional office based in Taiwan, which will address the local demand for Freespace in Smart TVs, smartphones, tablets, wearable electronics, and more. The office will consist of both sales and technical support staff to support Hillcrest's growing customer base in the region.

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