SAY HELLO TO THE NEW CHAPTER FOR CHIRP
From its inception, Chirp’s mission has been to build a more connected world using the magic of ultrasonics. Chirp’s technology was originally developed at the Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center (BSAC) at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, Davis. Leveraging state-of-the-art semiconductor manufacturing, our MEMS technology brings ultrasonics into the 21st-century, enabling us to create tiny, ultra-low power ultrasonic devices for high-volume, pervasive computing applications and the Internet of Things (IoT).
Today we are excited to announce that Chirp has been acquired by TDK to further our journey to bring our magic to more people in this world.
Over the last five years, we’ve developed a line of extremely low power, ultrasonic 3D-sensing solutions to empower numerous consumer electronics, smart home, and industrial automation devices. We are very proud that we launched the world’s smallest, lowest-power ultrasonic time-of-flight (ToF) sensors, the CH-101 and CH-201, last year. All of these efforts have been driven by our passionate team, partners, and customers who have shared our vision to bring ultrasonic sensing to mass market consumer devices.
TDK Corporation is a globally leading electronics company based in Tokyo, Japan. It was established in 1935 to commercialize ferrite, a key material in electronic and magnetic products. TDK's portfolio includes passive components, such as ceramic, aluminum electrolytic and film capacitors, ferrites and inductors, high-frequency products, and piezo and protection components, as well as sensors and sensor systems and power supplies. These products are marketed under the product brands TDK, EPCOS, InvenSense, Micronas, Tronics and TDK-Lambda. TDK's further main product groups include magnetic application products, energy devices, and flash memory application devices. In fiscal 2017, TDK posted total sales of USD 10.5 billion and employed about 100,000 people worldwide.
Our team is excited to be part of the TDK family. Chirp’s ultrasonic sensor technology is complementary to TDK’s ultrasonic fingerprint sensor products, the TDK MEMS microphone product line, and the EPCOS’ line of conventional piezoelectric transducer products. Chirp’s sensors also are synergistic with InvenSense’s inertial sensors and sensor fusion software libraries. We believe together we can bring ultrasonics to a wide variety of products at an even greater speed and scale than we can on our own.
We want to see all drones, robots, smart speakers, VR/AR devices, and connected cars in the world using Chirp technology one day. The opportunity to join an organization that shares this vision comes at a crucial time, when we have our first design-wins and a healthy pipeline of customers with high-volume production demands. As we become part of the TDK family, we will continue to work hard and bring Chirp’s technology to even more people.
Thanks to all those who supported us along the way. Our sincere gratitude especially to our investors, including Innobridge Capital Management, Draper Nexus, Vertical Ventures, Atlantic Bridge, and many angels from the Valley and beyond, to the University of California and the Skydeck Accelerator, and to America’s Seed Fund, the NSF SBIR program, for investing in crucial technologies like Chirp’s when it’s not fashionable to do so. We are extremely grateful to have been on this journey with you and we look forward to the new chapter for Chirp!
Chirp’s ultrasonic sensing solution outperforms infrared-based alternatives by every metric in real-world applications.
Chirp’s ultralow power ultrasonic sensor consumes only microwatts while performing ultrasonic echolocation. This enables always-on sensing for wake-on-approach application for tablets, notebooks, monitors, smart locks, security cameras, and other smart-home devices even when they are running on battery only. What will you use it for?
Chirp offers an easy-to-use ultrasonic software library (USL) that provides 2D and 3D position tracking using Chirp’s proprietary hardware. The ultrawide field-of-view means that the ultrasound-based systems do not suffer from occlusion problems that plague optical tracking systems. The library provides fast update rates using a low-cost sensor hub. Application-specific solutions for wearable and VR/AR/gaming products are available today.
Chirp has developed proprietary and patent-pending gesture classification library (GCL) based on machine learning and neural network algorithms. Together with our ultrasonic sensing platform, this software library enables intuitive, natural gesture-based user interfaces for all your smart IoT devices.
Chirp’s ultrasonic sensing solution provides millimeter-accurate range information. Unlike optical solutions, ultrasonic rangefinding works in any lighting conditions, including full sunlight, and can detect any color and materials, including optically transparent targets like glass windows. Solutions available today for mobile, robotics, and home automation.