Published on Tuesday, 13 May 2014


Fairchild Moves into 3D Motion Tracking with Xsens

Fairchild semiconductors has acquired Xsens, supplier and developer of 3D motion tracking for industrial, health, fitness and entertainment applications. The acquisition gives Fairchild access to sensor fusion systems that they expect will enable direct interaction between physical and digital entities and environments. The move is intended to strengthen Fairchild’s micro-electromechanical systems, or MEMS, sensor activities. Micro-electromechanical systems combine computers with tiny mechanical devices such as sensors, valves, gears, mirrors and actuators embedded in semiconductor chips.


According to Fairchild, the addition of Xsens puts them in a position to deliver systems suitable for mobile, industrial control and stabilization, health, fitness, as well as 3D character animation. They want to do this by building low-power, high accuracy motion tracking systems and low-power MEMS, as well as new types of motion trackers and 3D body tracking.

Xsens produces inertial sensor modules as miniature MEMS based motion trackers for applications like camera stabilisation, motion capture systems for 3D character animation, human motion measurement through full-body 3D kinematics and 3D wearable accesories for smart phones.

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Xsens co-founders Casper Peeters and Per Slycke said, “Being part of Fairchild will allow us broader access to the systems and resources required to strengthen development of 3D motion tracking products.”

Since opening in 2000, Xsens has successfully deployed numerous motion sensors and motion capture solutions in areas such as 3D character animation, rehabilitation and sports science, and robot and camera stabilization. Customers include Electronic Arts, NBC Universal, Daimler, Autodesk, ABB, Siemens and various other institutes and companies.

Xsens will operate as an independent subsidiary of Fairchild and will maintain its headquarters in Enschede, The Netherlands.