InvenSense closes higher after launching gyroscope for wearables


InvenSense (INVN +2.6%) claims its new ITG-3701 3-axis gyroscope delivers a full-scale range of +/- 4K degrees/second - 2x the range of typical gyroscopes.

The company argues the 3701's superior range "enables precise analysis of a golf or tennis racquet swing, soccer ball and basketball applications," among other things. That, in turn, makes it well-suited for the nascent wearables market.

InvenSense also claims unmatched power consumption, and an "industry first" height of just 0.75mm.

Wearables enthusiasm - boosted by Apple, Google, and Samsung's efforts - helped fuel InvenSense's big 2013/early 2014 rally. But near-term wearables shipments are expected to be well below smartphone shipments - IDC expects the latter to total 1.2B this year.

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  • Philip Marlowe
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    "But near-term wearables shipments are expected to be well below smartphone shipments - IDC expects the latter to total 1.2B this year."

     

    Of course INVN has a great position in smartphones as well. But it will be interesting to get a soccer ball or a football with a sensor inside it that tells you how fast you kick, throw the ball and what kind of spin you put in it. Or a baseball bat that tells you hard you hit, or a base ball that tells you how hard you throw, hit, and what spin you put in.
    11 Jun 2014, 10:29 PM Reply Like
  • Eric Jhonsa
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    True. Once the BOM comes down enough (getting there) and the software/services ecosystem evolves, there are all kinds of use cases.
    11 Jun 2014, 11:20 PM Reply Like
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