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Qualcomm Buys Assets of EPOS
[November 21, 2012]

Qualcomm Buys Assets of EPOS

Nov 21, 2012 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) -- Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI), a subsidiary of Qualcomm Inc., announced that it has acquired certain assets of EPOS Development (EPOS), a developer of ultrasound technologies for input solutions, including pen, stylus and gesture recognition.

According to a release, the company, based in Hod Hasharon, Israel, has developed digital positioning technology that enables device manufacturers to integrate advanced user input capabilities into a range of consumer devices.

"As computing evolves beyond the PC, consumers are looking for friendly 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 lifestyle." 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 Development is a provider of advanced digital positioning technologies.

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