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3D Gesture Control with GestIC® Technology

Add simple and intuitive 3D gesture control to almost any product with the world’s first electrical near–field (E-field) 3D gesture and motion tracking controllers. Based on our patented GestIC® technology, these single-chip solutions perform gesture detection and motion tracking without requiring host processing. They come with a complete gesture portfolio that enables command input with natural hand and finger movements in free space to create innovative, compelling and user-friendly interfaces in a variety of embedded applications, including:

  • Automotive
  • Notebooks/PC peripherals
  • Audio products
  • White goods, appliances and air conditioning control
  • Home automation
  • Light switches
  • Industrial and medical switches
  • Electronic readers
  • Game controllers

Select from These Solutions

MGC3030/MGC3130

The MGC3030/3130 contain all the building blocks to develop robust 3D gesture input sensing systems. Implemented as a low-power, mixed-signal, configurable controller, they provide a large set of smart functional features including an integrated signal driver, a frequency adaptive input path for automatic noise suppression and a Digital Signal Processing (DSP) unit.

Key Features

  • Recognition of 3D hand gestures
  • Position tracking (MGC3130 only)
  • Proximity and touch sensing
  • Five receive (Rx) channels
  • One transmit (Tx) channel
  • Built-in Colibri Gesture Suite
  • I2C interface for configuration and sensor output streaming
  • Detection Range: 0 to 20 cm
  • Resolution: 200 dpi
  • Packages:
    • MGC3030: 28-pin 7.80 × 10.50 mm SSOP
    • MGC3130: 28-pin 5 × 5 mm QFN
  • Operating Temperature Range: −20°C to 85°C

MGC3140

With a focus on enabling robust user interfaces for automotive applications, the MGC3140 builds on our first-generation MGC3030/MCG3130 controllers to also feature AEC-Q100 Grade 1 qualification and an extended operating temperature range. It is also suitable for a variety of consumer and industrial applications.

Key Features

  • Recognition of 3D hand gestures
  • Position tracking
  • Proximity and touch sensing
  • Five receive (Rx) channels
  • One transmit (Tx) channel
  • Built-in Colibri Gesture Suite
  • I2C interface for configuration and sensor output streaming
  • Detection Range: 0 to 20 cm
  • Resolution: 200 dpi 
  • Package: 48-pin 6 × 6 mm UQFN
  • Operating Temperature Range: -40°C to 125°C

What Are the Benefits of GestIC Technology?

Similar to capacitive touch sensing, GestIC technology uses E-field sensing to detect gestures. Electrodes remain invisible behind the device housing, which allows you to create an aesthetically pleasing user interface design without the need for holes or other cutouts that are typically required for cameras or infrared-based systems. Here are some additional benefits of choosing our controllers with GestIC technology:

  • True single-chip gesture solution for embedded usage
  • From 0 (touch) to 20 cm detection range
  • Very low-power design
  • No detection blind spots
  • No ambient influences (light/sound)
  • Use of thin, low-cost sensing electrodes, for example a standard PCB
  • Highest gesture detection reliability
  • Active noise handling
  • 44–100 kHz carrier frequency; no RF interference

What Are the Benefits of On-Chip Gesture Recognition?

A unique feature of GestIC technology is that it enables gesture recognition to be performed on chip without any additional processing, which allows you to easily create powerful user interfaces and speed up your time to market. The integrated Colibri Gesture Suite uses a Hidden Markov Model (HMM)-based gesture recognition engine that can detect subtle differences in the timing, amplitude and other metrics to provide a high recognition rate of deliberate hand gestures to limit responses to general hand movements and unintended gestures.

Ready to Get Started with Creating Your 3D Gesture-Enabled User Interface?

Our user-friendly development kits, Aurea Graphical User Interface (GUI), tutorial videos and other resources will help you bring your 3D gesture control project to life.