Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Yole on iPhone X 3D Innovations

Yole Developpement publishes its analysis of iPhone X 3D camera design and implications "Apple iPhone X: unlocking the next decade with a revolution:"

"The infrared camera, proximity ToF detector and flood illuminator seem to be treated as a single block unit. This is supplied by STMicroelectronics, along with Himax for the illuminator subsystem, and Philips Photonics and Finisar for the infrared-light vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL). Then, on the right hand of the speaker, the regular front-facing camera is probably supplied by Cowell, and the sensor chip by Sony. On the far right, the “dot pattern projector” is from ams subsidiary Heptagon... It combines a VCSEL, probably from Lumentum or Princeton Optronics, a wafer level lens and a diffractive optical element (DOE) able to project 30,000 dots of infrared light.

The next step forward should be full ToF array cameras. According to the roadmap Yole has published this should happen before 2020.


  1. I can wait to see full ToF solution on smartphone device...

  2. I can't wait to see full ToF solution on smartphone device...

  3. ToF doesn't provide the sharpness that the structured light solution offers. QUALCOMM has embraced the structured light approach in its recently announced partnership with Himax, so that appears to be the direction in which Android is heading.

    Under which specific circumstances do you believe that a ToF solution is superior to structured light in the smartphone context? Thank you.


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