EETimes interviews Eran Kali, VP of licensing at Corephotonics:
Kali told EE Times that Corephotonics is “the inventor of the computational dual camera for smartphones” derived from its own IPs.
Apple, however, is not Corephotonics’ licensee, Kali said.
Refraining from discussing any potential IP issues, Kali explained that for Corephotonics, essentially an IP supplier, Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus launch is cause for “celebration, not a confrontation” [with Apple]. “We are glad that Apple… is not just confirming but validating our idea, which was once considered so radical,” he added.
In Kali’s opinion, Corephotonics’ dual camera solutions — the company has three models — have already progressed beyond iPhone 7 Plus’ current status. He explained that Corephotonics offers 2X optical zoom, continuously seamless digital zoom, an optical stabilizer, better depth of field, and enhanced imaging in low light — all squeezed into the smartphone’s most constrained form factor — the height — at 6.0mm or lower.