2020-09-25

Analog Devices Collaborates with Microsoft to Mass Produce 3D Imaging Products and Solutions

Analog Devices announced a strategic collaboration with Microsoft to leverage Microsoft’s 3D time-of-flight (ToF) sensor technology, allowing customers to easily create 3D applications that bring higher degrees of depth accuracy and work regardless of the environmental conditions in the scene. ADI’s technical expertise will build upon Microsoft Azure Kinect technology to deliver leading ToF solutions to a much broader audience in areas such as Industry 4.0, automotive, gaming, augmented reality, computational photography and videography. Currently, the indu...
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2020-09-01

Total VCSEL Revenue Expected to Reach US$1.8 Billion in 2021 Owing to Integration of 3D Sensing and 5G, Says TrendForce

In early 2020, TrendForce forecasted the release of more than 10 high-end smartphone models equipped with 3D sensing solutions this year, which would drive up 3D sensing VCSEL revenue* to US$1.404 billion. However, as the COVID-19 pandemic put a damper on global smartphone shipment, and the Indian consumer market exhibited strong demand for entry-level and mid-range smartphone models, smartphone brand vendors have subsequently slowed down their pace of integrating 3D sensing solutions into high-end models. TrendForce is revising its forecasted 3D sensing VCSEL (fo...
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2020-06-09

STMicroelectronics Releases New ToF Sensor and Offers Reference Design for Social Distance Monitoring

STMicroelectronics announced the extension of its FlightSense ToF ranging sensors by introducing the VL53L3CX which allow measuring distances to multiple objects and increasing accuracy. Meanwhile, the company also introduced a reference design suited for monitoring social distancing and assuring remote operation to protect human health in all environments in response to global or local pandemic conditions. The ToF sensor VL53L3CX measures object ranges from 2.5 cm to 3 m, allowing designers to introduce features like occupancy detectors or reporting the exact distanc...
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2020-06-09

New VCSEL-based 3D Sensing Emitter Module by Osarm Support Advanced Camera Function and AR Applications for Smartphones

Osram revealed an intelligent emitter module for 3D sensing which allows smartphones to take high-quality images and videos with staggered depth of field. Besides optimizing image content, the module can also be used for 3D object recognition or AR applications. The product is designed to strengthen camera function of smartphones. Innovative functionalities of mobile devices require components to fit into ever smaller spaces. A central task for manufacturers has been to find the right emitters, photodiodes and VCSEL driver chips (ICs), then calibrate them and finally insta...
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2020-05-15

COVID-19 Spurs Market Opportunities for UV/IR LED and Horticulture Lighting

COVID-19 pandemic has led to lockdowns across the world with pause in business operation and production, resulting enormous impact globally. The technology industry, as one of the most affected field, not only needs to tackle the challenges brought by the coronavirus but also has to reconsider its strategies and operating plans for the post-pandemic world. As for the LED industry, since the supply chain mostly locates in Asia with the majority of production coming from China, plus high inventory due to oversupply in the past few years, the coronavirus epidemic has relatively s...
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2020-04-21

Photon-counting Camera based on SPADs to Capture 3D Images in High Speed, Enabling Advanced AR or LiDAR Systems

Researchers have developed the first megapixel photon-counting camera based on new-generation image sensor technology that uses single-photon avalanche diodes (SPADs). The new camera can detect single photons of light at unprecedented speeds, a capability that could advance applications that require fast acquisition of 3D images such as augmented reality and LiDAR systems for autonomous vehicles. "Thanks to its high resolution and ability to measure depth, this new camera could make virtual reality more realistic and let you interact with augmented reality information in ...
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2020-01-08

Infineon Presents the World’s Smallest 3D Image Sensor for Mobile Devices at CES 2020

Infineon Technologies has collaborated with software and 3D Time of Flight (ToF) system specialist pmdtechnologies to develop the world’s smallest 3D image sensor, and is presenting it at CES 2020 in Las Vegas. The new REAL3™ single-chip solution measures 4.4 x 5.1 mm, allowing it to be incorporated into small size devices to provide high resolution data with low power consumption. (Image: Infineon) “With the fifth generation of our REAL3™ chip we are once again demonstrating our leading position in the field of 3D sensors,” sa...
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2019-10-22

Orient-Chip Technology Announces TOF TX Total Solution for 3D Sensing

Shanghai Orient-chip Technology (OCS) is a deep tech company that focuses on integrated IC and optoelectronics product. Headquarters of the company are in Shanghai, China and its R&D centers locate in Shanghai, Taipei and Hsinchu. OCS’s IC and optoelectronics R&D teams focus on TX total solution for Time of Flight (TOF) since 2015. They developed a series VCSEL package for TOF that integrates metal holder and brings two advantage. First, heat dissipation on metal holder product is better then plastic holder product. Second, metal holde...
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2019-07-22

The Cell Phone 3D Sensing Market Enters Growth Stage, with VCSEL Revenue Possibly Reaching US$1.139 Billion, Says TrendForce

According to the latest Infrared Sensing Application Market Trend Report by LEDinside, a division of TrendForce, seeing that smartphone shipments are predicted to decline for whole 2019 year, cell phone brands will be engaging in a 'specs -contest' with their flagship devices for the second half-year, and 3D sensing modules will become an important component in that race. Market revenue for VCSELs used by cell phones utilizing 3D sensing is projected to reach US$1.139 billion as a result of this trend. “For 2019, besides Apple, who will be implementing...
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2019-02-26

ams Introduce New IR Laser for 3D Sensing in Mobile Devices

ams announced the launch of MERANO-Photodiode (PD), an in-frared (IR) laser flood illuminator module which provides the uniform light output needed in mobile 3D sensing applications such as user face recognition. By introducing a VCSEL-based flood illuminator in a slim package, ams aims to ehance the adoption of 3D sensing applications in mainstream mobile phones. Its 2W Merano-PD is suitable for use in the latest technologies for 3D sensing, including ToF and structured light methods. Applications such as face recognition, augmented reality, 3D object scannin...
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2019-02-13

ams to Introduce Sensor Solutions for Mobile Devices at MWC 2019

Austrian sensing solution provider ams announced that it will showcase several industry-first technologies for mobile devices at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 in Barcelona during February 25 -28. ams will demonstrate state-of-the-art sensor solutions for mobile, computing and consumers including 3D sensing technology, behind screen solution color sensors and medical-level wearable devices. The industrial and automotive applications of these technologies will also be presented by ams. (image: ams) The 3D sensing technologies for mobile devices include active stereo ca...
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2019-02-11

【Photonics West 2019】Long Wavelength, Mobile 3D Sensing and LiDAR are the Major Market Momentum

Photonics West 2019 is the largest photonics exhibition in the world held annually in San Francisco. According to the exhibitors at the show, LEDinside learnt that the main technical challenges of VCSEL include power conversion efficiency (PCE), temperature drift, slope efficiency, and light field design. Most of the exhibitors at the show have achieved a power conversion efficiency of 40% for VCSEL products of 1-2W. Among them, Lumentum said it will continue to increase conversion efficiency to 43% in this year. LEDinside was honored to interview Somit Jos...
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2019-01-09

ams Teams up with Face++ to Enhance 3D Sensing Technologies

ams announced its cooperation with Face++, a Chinese AI software developer, to accelerate OEMs’ and system integrators’ deployments of 3D optical sensing technologies such as face recognition. According to ams, the partnership with Face++ will enable manufacturers to bring facial recognition and other systems to market faster including functions like facial payments, Animoji creation and augmented/virtual reality. The 3D optical sensing solutions created by ams and Face++ use infrared light projectors to map the surface of real-world objects such as a user’...
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2018-12-21

ams to Demonstrate Innovative Sensing Applications at CES 2019

Sensor solutions provider ams announced that it will exhibit new sensing technologies for the mobile devices, computing, consumer electronics and automotive sectors at CES 2019. With its theme, ‘Sensing is Life,’ ams is going to introduce sensor solutions including medical-grade wearable devices that monitor blood pressure; 3D technology for smart phones, computing, automotive and robotics; behind OLED solutions for bezel-less phones; color sensors that enhance pictures to professional levels; earbud technology for a relaxing ANC experience (digital and analog) ...
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2018-12-19

Osram Releases New VCSELs for 3D Sensing Applications

Osram has debuted new VCSELs for applications like 3D scanning and imaging. The new products, PLPVCQ 850 and the PLPVCQ 940, are the latest additions to Osram’s Bidos product family. VCSELs combine the high power density and simple packaging of an IRED with the spectral width and speed of a laser. With the focus on high tech development, Osram Opto Semiconductor has targeted VCSEL application include machine vision or facial recognition, as well as object or architectural scanning that involves mapping an area in 3D and positioning virtual fu...
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2018-12-05

Apple’s Patent Introduces Technology to Improve LiDAR Sensors

Apple has applied a patent related to optoelectronics devices for improving LiDAR sensors and applications, reported Patently Apple. The report said that Apple noted the demands for applications using 3D sensing and imaging systems and proposed enhanced technologies to integrate LiDAR and VCSEL for advanced 3D image technology. The new patent introduce a method to combine different types of light source and laser array such as diffractive optical elements or VCSEL to develop improved 3D image devices for various applications. (Image: Apple) Patently Ap...
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2018-12-03

VPEC Expects Growth Driven by VCSEL Applications

VPED (Visual Photonics Epitaxy Co. Ltd), a Taiwan-based GaAs wafer producer, announced that the company expects growth momentum from the applications of VCSEL and will begin to ship small volumes of 5G products next year. As the smartphone market has passed its peak phase, semiconductor suppliers are looking forward to the applications of IoT and 5G. However, the development of these fields has just begun, bringing limited momentum to the industry. As result, the growth of VPED would still come from VCSEL applications including 3D facial recognition and L...
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2018-11-22

ams Works with Qualcomm to Develop 3D Depth Sensing Camera and Debuts Sensor Module for Bezel-Less Smartphones

ams, a high performance sensor solutions provider, has cooperated with Qualcomm Technologies to focus on the development of a 3D depth sensing camera solution for mobile phone applications such as 3D imaging and scanning and biometric face authentication. The two companies aim to dedicate their technology expertise and engineering force to design a 3D stereo camera solution for Android-based mobile phones. ams provides its VCSEL light sources and optical IR pattern technology on the base of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon™ Mobile Platforms to suppourt various applicati...
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2018-11-22

Philips Photonics Ships One Billion VCSELs with Growing 3D Sensing Applications

Philips Photonics announced that the company has reached a milestone of shipping one billion VCSELs thanks to strong growth in smartphone 3D sensing applications. With strong drives from the trends of proximity sensing and 3D facial recognition technology in consumer smartphones, the company also unveiled its plan to increase production capacity. According to Philips Photonics, it has doubled its production capacity by early 2018, which was in line with the company’s plan. Now Phiilips Photonics plans to further expand its production at the facility in Ulm, Germany...
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2018-11-13

Lextar Releases VCSEL Products to Target 3D Sensing Applications

Lextar has announced that it is going to launch a series of VCSEL products for 3D sensing applications including facial and gesture recognition, people detection, and driver fatigue detection. Lextar’s VCSEL products include the PV88M component series which emit light for 3D depth-sensing module. The series provides various wavelengths, different levels of brightness and package sizes while offering a beam angle selection from 45 to 100 degrees. According to Lextar, the product can also be customized to meet the needs of its clients. (Image: Lextar) The ...
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2018-11-12

II-VI to Acquire Apple Supplier Finisar for US$ 3.2 Billion

Optoelectronic component producer II-VI Inc. announced on November 9th that it is going to acquire Finisar, the supplier of optical communication products for Apple with a deal worth US$3.2 billion cash and stock.
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2018-10-17

VCSEL and 3D Sensing Technology in the Spotlight at Laser Taiwan 2018

Laser Taiwan 2018 launched its opening today (October 17th) and exhibitors from all over the world are participating in the event to showcase their cutting edge technologies and equipment. VCSEL is the focal point of the event following the trend of 3D sensing applications.
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2018-02-14

[Notification] LEDinside Will See You After Chinese New Year

LEDinside would like to thank everyone for your support and regular visit to our online magazine. As Chinese New Year is approaching, we will temporarily stop updating industry news until February 21.
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2018-01-12

Massive 3D Sensing Boom in 2018 Causes Lumentum Shares to Escalate

Numerous orders are flowing to 3D sensing component suppliers including Lumentum and Win Semiconductor because of the boom in 3D sensing in 2018. Placed by Apple and other application makers, those orders are bringing fortune to suppliers.
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2018-01-09

The Lowdown on VCSEL & 3D Sensing Technology

Apple has introduced 3D sensing modules in iPhone X for the first time, together with neural network embedded in its A11 chip. 3D sensing modules record three-dimensional data while A11 chip processes large amounts of data, allowing iPhone X to learn and identify a variety of facial details and expressions. The modules also ensure that users can be correctly identified even when their appearances change, making it more difficult to counterfeit.
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2018-01-08

3D Image Sensor: Infineon Enables Easy Smartphone Unlock by Face Recognition

One megatrend feature in mobile communications is to unlock smartphones by 3D face recognition instead of fingerprint or PIN. Making authentication more convenient and more secure, it may soon become indispensable for mobile payment applications and mobile ID. With the 3D image sensor chip from Infineon Technologies the unlock-with-your-face feature becomes smarter, faster and more reliable.
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2018-01-04

3D Sensing: Present and Future

The iPhone X has sparked a heated discussion of 3D sensing technology in 2017, and Apple will continue to develop 3D sensing. On the other hand, vendors of Android smartphones will also follow the trend, pushing up the demand for Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL), a key component for 3D sensing technology. Therefore, VCSEL manufacturers now race to lay the foundation in this segment. 
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2018-01-04

What impacts will 3D sensing have on smartphones after becoming an overnight sensation because of iPhone?

Apple has introduced 3D sensing modules in iPhone X for the first time, together with neural network embedded in its A11 chip. 3D sensing modules record three-dimensional data while A11 chip processes large amounts of data, allowing iPhone X to learn and identify a variety of facial details and expressions. The modules also ensure that users can be correctly identified even when their appearances change, making it more difficult to counterfeit.
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2018-01-03

LEDinside: Most-Mentioned Companies You Will Hear When Speaking of 3D Sensing

2018 just began but we already knew before that new technologies such as 3D sensing are going to be huge this year after the launch of Apple’s iPhone X last September. Using faces to unlock phones and personalize expressive Animojis are probably the two most memorable features that make 3D sensing widely known of among consumers. Surely, other phone makers will not let go of a chance to sport their products with similar capabilities, hence we learn the projection that the total value of the global market of mobile 3D Sensing is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 209% from USD 1.5 billion in 2017 to USD 14 billion by 2020.
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2018-01-03

3D Facial Recognition Making Its Way in Technology Ecosystems

3D facial recognition has come into the spotlight after Apple’s introduction of Face ID in the iPhone X. Companies in the supply chain have also become the new focuses of inestors. In fact, 3D sensing technology has been around for years, but did not have commercial applications of facial recognition in smartphones until 2017. The reasons why it happened in 2017 can be explained in terms of components, modules andsubsystems, computing and systems, end-devices and applications.
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