OmniVision and Unigroup Spreadtrum Introduce the Industry’s First Turnkey Active Stereo 3D Camera Reference Design for Smartphones

OmniVision Technologies, Inc., a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, and Spreadtrum Communications (“Spreadtrum”), a leading fabless semiconductor company in China with advanced technology in 2G, 3G and 4G wireless communications standards, today announced the industry’s first turnkey active stereo 3D camera reference design for smartphones.

The reference design’s small form factor and low power requirements enable smartphone manufacturers to quickly and easily incorporate advanced 3D imaging capabilities, such as 3D modeling, depth capturing and face authentication, into next-generation smartphone designs.

We anticipate face login to be one of the key features for upcoming mobile devices. Achieving this requires complete camera hardware and software system development, which can be an extremely complicated, resource-intensive and expensive process. The aim of this active stereo 3D camera reference design is to reduce time to market and other key hurdles for our customers, this offering reflects our strong partnership with Spreadtrum and our continued determination to deliver innovative solutions that ease our customers’ pain points.

Sylvia Zhang, head of marketing for OmniVision’s mobile segment.

Spreadtrum has always been flexible and agile to adapt to quick changes in the marketplace and address customer needs with differentiated solutions. This partnership with OmniVision to enhance 3D camera technology provides an excellent demonstration of our diversified product selection and customer-focused strategy, by incorporating the high-performance hardware and software into one simple yet elegant solution, we’ve ensured that customers can utilize the reference design’s full benefits with minimal tuning or customization.

Mr. Yalei Mao, AVP, Camera System Design, Spreadtrum.

Pairing OmniVision’s ultra-compact OV9282 and OV7251 global shutter sensors with the powerful Spreadtrum SC9853 applications processor has resulted in a compelling active stereo camera solution that delivers the performance manufacturers expect in the remarkably compact and power-efficient form factor they need. Based on the 14nm octa-core 64-bit Intel Airmont processor architecture, the Spreadtrum SC9853 reaches 1.8 GHz in dominant frequency and delivers high-quality multimedia capabilities.

A working sample of the active stereo 3D camera reference design is available in OmniVision’s private suite at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, January 8-11.

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