Thursday, February 13, 2014

Heptagon Unveils Array Camera

Business Wire: Heptagon announces the general availability of its TrueD H2 array camera, the first in a series of advanced 3D imaging and depth sensing micro systems that Heptagon is introducing to the market. The TrueD H2 camera has one of the smallest form factors currently available for mass production, measuring just 5.9mmx5.8mmx2.25mm.

Heptagon’s TrueD H2 array camera captures additional short-range depth information for gesture and user recognition, background removal, and enhanced imaging. Its key features are typically used for front-facing smart device cameras, but can also add value as an assisting camera to the smart device’s primary camera. The TrueD H2 array camera is the result of integration of its image sensor, module, optics, algorithms, and software.

"Smart device innovations continue at warp speed, transforming the ways people interact with their devices. So, our challenge is to deliver micro imaging and sensing systems for these devices with enhanced capabilities, ultra high quality, ever-shrinking form factor and optimal cost," said Rene Kromhof, Heptagon’s VP of sales and marketing. "With the TrueD H2 array camera, we have proven our ability to innovate rapidly and produce high-volume, market-ready solutions that meet customers’ unique and demanding requirements."

In addition to depth mapping, low z-height, and low power consumption, the TrueD H2 array camera features a unique, patented focus correction packaging (FCP) that accelerates low cost, high quality production. FCP enables high-throughput, low cycle time module assembly, without the need for active alignment systems or barrel-mount solutions. In addition to faster line production, FCP also drives higher yield and therefore lower overall unit costs – important benefits for rapid, high volume manufacturing of smart devices.

The TrueD H2 2x2 array camera is the result of more than three years of development efforts from Heptagon. The 2014-15 pipeline will include new array formats, lens enhancements, higher resolution, and additional sensing system innovations.

7 comments:

  1. Newport Imaging Company. Pelican. There have been and are several attempts at this, so will be interesting to see if anyone makes it actually work.

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  2. "The TrueD H2 camera has one of the smallest form factors currently available for mass production"... compared to what? Seems pretty bulky to me! For gesture recognition, how is this any better than existing tech? For imaging, there doesn't seem to be any focusing optics on this, so I'd have to mount additional components around it and align? You've missed the boat yet again Heptagon...

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    1. well they're trying to go into cell phones, so i would guess that they're comparing to cell phone camera modules. in fact, this is true. typical phone cameras are quite thick.

      there's no focusing because it's small aperture (and small f, so equiv F) all in focus.

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  3. Who knows some details about their distance measurement approach?

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  4. I take it they're talking about the optics only as Heptagon appear to be a lens manufacturer?

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  5. It seems to be similar to those from pelican, this would indicate lightfield approach.

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  6. Look like copy of linx cameras but low res. What is f number?

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