MGC3030 : 3D Gesture Controller

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The MGC3030 is a single chip 3D Gesture controller enabling Gesture based user interfaces to be created. The chip uses an electrical-field (E-field) for three-dimensional (3D) gesture recognition based on Microchip’s patented GestIC® technology. GestIC enables user command input with natural hand movements in free-space. Gestures are meaningful hand movements such as rotations to dim lights (Air wheel) or flicks to change to the next track.

The MGC3030 offers the shortest development cycle for gesture implementation. Design guides, Host reference code, I2C communication guide and also video
tutorials are provided by Microchip.

Besides 3D gestures the MGC3030 offers touch detection (Sensor Touch) and low power proximity (Wake up / Approach) are also part of the product offering.

Additional Features

  • GestIC™ Technology
  • Single chip 3D gesture recognition solution
  • Design in via GUI Aurea – no coding of MGC3030 required
  • I2C
  • Gesture Port (EIOs, enabling host free usage)
  • Auto wake
  • Flick gestures
  • Air wheel
  • Sensor Touch
  • Analog front end
  • 32-bit Signal processing unit

Peripheral Features

• 1x I2C Interface for Configuration and Sensor output streaming
• Five Gesture Port pins for individual mapping of
gesture to EIOs


Figure 1: Reference Schematic for Gesture Controller

Farees Ahmed

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