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The Hillcrest Labs Intelligent Sensor Technologies are Now Acquired by CEVA Inc.

Enterprise Technology Review | Tuesday, August 13, 2019

CEVA Inc. acquires the Hillcrest Labs Intelligent Sensor Technologies from InterDigital.

FREMONT, CA: CEVA Inc. is a licensor of sensor fusion, signal processing and artificial intelligence (AI) for a better connected world. CEVA has partnered with several OEMs and semiconductor firms across the globe to form intelligent, connected and power-efficient devices for different end markets.

CEVA has recently revealed information on acquisition of Hillcrest Laboratories Inc. business from InterDigital Inc. Hillcrest Labs is a global supplier of software and its components aimed for sensor processing for IoT and customer devices.

The most immediate effect of this acquisition on CEVA would be the enhancement of its smart sensing technology portfolio. The portfolio, now, includes motion sensing, vision, and sound that are complemented with high-end processors for incorporating AI at the edge. 

The management of CEVA has expressed happiness that the sensor processing abilities and innovative sensor fusion technology, besides high-volume shipments of Hillcrest Labs will be in perfect alignment with the former’s diversification strategy in the smart sensors arena.

Also, through the acquisition, CEVA is looking forward to extending the connected technology portfolio with complementary sensor processing technologies, which have powered over a hundred million devices.

Having over fifteen years of experience in sensor processing, Hillcrest Labs is known as an innovator in combining data from several sensors for facilitating intelligent systems.  As part of this process, the data combined from several sensors are combined and the resulting software and algorithms are utilized in sensors such as the IMUs (Inertial Measurement Units), besides end-user products. This process empowers contextual awareness and enhanced customer experience for many devices, including specific navigation of autonomous drones and robots.

The innovative and successful MotionEngine software by Hillcrest Labs can support large numbers of merchant sensor chips. The software, by combining with CEVA’s smart sensing technology, can expand and complement it. The CEVA sensing technologies combine AI processing and computer vision for sound processing for microphones and cameras.