InvenSense announced the company is to provide its InvenSense Positioning Library (IPL) software and sensor-assisted positioning technology for the Kirin 950 processor by HiSilicon. This will allow Huawei smartphones, like the Mate 8, to take advantage of more accurate positioning for turn-by-turn navigation.

Ideal for areas with poor GPS signal, this tech allows the device to utilize algorithms that take into account sensor data from the gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer and barometric pressure sensors to produce an inertial navigation system (INS) to offer some form of tracking without satellite assistance. This data is then combined with GNSS to provide an always-on experience.

Eitan Medina, vice president marketing and product management at InvenSense, commented on the announcement:

"Today's consumers are increasingly using smartphones for turn-by-turn navigation in vehicles, creating a strong need for a higher quality user experience that decreases the occurrence of confusing or stressful re-routes and GPS lost signal messages. We are pleased that HiSilicon, a market leader in end-to-end chipsets and solutions, has chosen our IPL technology for integration into its mobile platforms."

IPL can not only be used on portable hardware, but also automobiles and other areas where GPS and tracking are fully utilized. Hit the press release for more details.

Press Release

SAN JOSE, Calif. InvenSense, Inc. (NYSE:INVN), a leading provider of MEMS sensor platform solutions, today announced that the InvenSense Positioning Library (IPL) software sensor-assisted positioning technology has been licensed by Huawei for incorporation into the Kirin 950 mobile application processor platforms. The recently launched Huawei Mate 8 smartphone is the first model to incorporate the HiSilicon and IPL technology. IPL improves smartphone GNSS (GPS)-only implementations by providing more continuous and accurate navigation in areas with poor GNSS signal quality. The IPL solution delivers sensor-enhanced positioning providing a high-availability, high-accuracy turn-by-turn navigation user experience to HiSilicon mobile platforms and mobile application developers. Through this collaboration, InvenSense and HiSilicon will make continuous improvements to IPL and the overall location subsystem to provide the best possible navigation experience to Huawei's customers.

INVN Provides Turn-By-Turn Navigation User Experience To HiSilicon Mobile Platforms & Huawei Smartphones

The combination of sensor positioning with GNSS enhances navigation user experience by eliminating "GPS Signal Lost" warnings and unnecessary re-routings in map applications due to GNSS multipath errors. IPL uses complex algorithms that take sensor data from the mobile device gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer and barometric pressure sensors to generate an inertial navigation system (INS) that tracks the position change of a vehicle or pedestrian. IPL then combines the INS with GNSS to provide always-available and more accurate location data when GNSS is inaccurate or unavailable, such as in deep urban canyons with tall buildings or in tunnels and parking garages. IPL operates in any physical orientation allowing the user to freely move the phone in the vehicle during active navigation sessions.

"Today's consumers are increasingly using smartphones for turn-by-turn navigation in vehicles, creating a strong need for a higher quality user experience that decreases the occurrence of confusing or stressful re-routes and GPS lost signal messages," said Eitan Medina, vice president marketing and product management at InvenSense. "We are pleased that HiSilicon, a market leader in end-to-end chipsets and solutions, has chosen our IPL technology for integration into its mobile platforms."

IPL is available now for smartphones using Android, iOS, Windows and general Linux operating systems.