Enables Gesture Control of Home Electric Appliances

May 25, 2010

TOKYO, Japan, May 25, 2010 — Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723), a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, and Morpho, Inc., a leading provider of image processing software solutions for mobile devices, today announced the joint development of Human Machine Interface (HMI) technology that enables control of the TV sets and other home electric appliances through human gestures, such as waving and turning of one's hands.

To control mechanical devices via human gestures, the video and image captured by a camera require real-time image processing as follows: (1) detecting multiple unspecified faces and identifying which of them is the controller, (2) tracking the controller's hand motions and (3) detecting the direction and extent of the controller's hand motions.

The jointly developed gesture recognition technology combines Renesas Electronics' IMAPCAR®2 image processor for image recognition, which incorporates 128 processing engines in a parallel processing configuration, and Morpho's face recognition technology, automatic subject tracking technology, and motion detection technology.

Recently, applications for image recognition technology, such as sensor functions utilizing camera images, have expanded, and attracted significant interest from a variety of fields for optimized solutions.

Renesas Electronics has a high regard for the track record and quality of the Morpho middleware developed for the field of camera phones, and Morpho recognizes the IMAPCAR2® from Renesas Electronics as ideal for real-time image processing applications. This led the two companies to collaborate from autumn 2009 onward on the development of new user interfaces for electronic products utilizing image recognition.

Renesas Electronics and Morpho plan to continue their development work aiming to incorporate the new gesture recognition technology into a wide range of familiar products in the form of new, intuitive, easy-to-use interfaces.



About Morpho, Inc.

Established in 2004, Morpho, Inc. has built substantial brand recognition in the field of software image processing for mobile devices. Customers utilizing Morpho, Inc.'s software technologies include carriers, processing platform providers and mobile device manufacturers, making Morpho, Inc. a global player in mobile imaging. For more information, visit http://www.morphoinc.com/en/


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About Renesas Electronics Corporation

Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723) delivers trusted embedded design innovation with complete semiconductor solutions that enable billions of connected, intelligent devices to enhance the way people work and live. A global leader in microcontrollers, analog, power,and SoC products, Renesas provides comprehensive solutions for a broad range of automotive, industrial, infrastructure, and IoT applications that help shape a limitless future.Learn more at renesas.com.Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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