Qualcomm has snapped up some assets from Israeli ultrasound company EPOS Development.
One of its subsidiaries Qualcomm Technologies said on Friday it has acquired the assets to "strengthen and differentiate" its Snapdragon system-on-a-chip.
EPOS makes positioning technologies for input uses including pen, stylus and gesture recognition. These will be used to help boost Snapdragon's UI capabilities for smartphones, tablets and e-readers, Qualcomm said.
"As computing evolves beyond the PC, consumers are looking for intuitive new ways to interact with their mobile devices," Raj Talluri, head of product management at Qualcomm Technologies, said in a statement.
"EPOS's technology goes beyond the PC-era mouse and keyboard and enables touch-free gesture and pen interactions as user input mechanisms. Enabling this technology on Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor will allow devices that accommodate a more mobile and multimedia-centric lifestyle," he added.
Qualcomm said it will provide reference designs for digital pen and stylus input, to help accelerate adoption of this ultrasound technology in the consumer, enterprise and education markets.
EPOS is based in in Hod Hasharon, Israel, and staff from the company will move across to Qualcomm's R&D team in the country.