CES 2016: 3D Image Sensor Chips REAL3™ of Infineon Bring Virtual Reality to the Smartphone

    The new image sensor chips of the REAL3™ family (left: IRS1125C, right: IRS16x5C) are exclusively delivered as bare die to allow maximum design flexibility while minimizing system costs.

    Munich and Siegen, Germany – December 17, 2015 – In the future, mobile devices will be able to quickly and realistically detect their surroundings in three dimensions (3D). When they do, it will be thanks to the 3D image sensor chips from Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY) and pmdtechnologies ag. REAL3™ will enable extremely realistic virtual and augmented reality game experiences that involve the interaction of the gamer’s own hands and his living environment within the game via head-mounted devices. Other image sensor chip applications include the spatial measurement of rooms and objects, indoor navigation and the implementation of special photo effects.

    Infineon and pmd will be showcasing the latest 3D image sensor chip of the REAL3 family at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016 in Las Vegas. Compared to the previous version, the optical sensitivity as well as the power consumption of the new 3D image sensors has been improved. Moreover, the built-in electronics take up little space. The chips make it possible for cell phones to operate mini-camera systems that can measure 3D depth data.

    Using microlenses for high sensitivity

    The camera’s range and measurement accuracy depend on two factors: on the intensity of the emitted and reflected infrared light, and to a significant extent on the pixel sensitivity of the 3D image sensor chip. The optical pixel sensitivity of the new 3D image sensor chips are now double that of the previous version. This means that their measurement quality is just as good, while at the same time working with only half of the emitted light output. Thus, manufacturers of camera systems for mobile devices can not only provide the infrared lighting more cost-effectively, but the camera’s system power consumption is almost halved.

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