Friday, March 06, 2015

Rambus Launches Partners-in-Open-Development Program to Promote Lensless Sensors

Rambus announces its Partners-in-Open-Development (POD) program in collaboration with design firms frog and IXDS to promote the adoption of its lensless smart sensor (LSS) technology.

"Our Partners-in-Open-Development provides a great opportunity for innovators to develop technology for a smarter world. With this program, we encourage developers across the globe to join in to create new products that introduce real-world IoT applications that will touch so many parts of our lives. This is the first step toward expanding the accessibility of an ecosystem that will foster a new generation of innovation," said Gary Bronner, VP of Rambus Labs.

"Our work with lensless smart sensors through the POD program is helping to pave the way for innovations that are sure to inspire and become ubiquitous throughout our lives," said Andrew Zimmerman, president of frog. "The opportunity to partner with Rambus, through our R&D platform frogLabs and other organizations, to build out the burgeoning sensor ecosystem means we are helping to propel solutions that can be adopted much more quickly."

"Opening its innovative lensless smart technology to the developer community enables Rambus to promote what promises to be a robust, intelligent ecosystem around this new approach to sensing and imaging," said Dr. Reto Wettach, founder and design director with IXDS. "We are proud to be among the inaugural POD partners and look forward to being among the first contributors to identify and expand upon existing IoT-based applications for this technology."

Tom's Hardware publishes a nice article accompanied by a Youtube interview with Patrick Gill on the new developments:


  1. This funny guy presented "lensless technology" and some blob on the screen, which demonstrates a really poor focusing. Standard microlenses make it better and without any FT. It is a very old idea to use diffraction elements instead of lens - every optics researcher knows that. But nobody knows about optical efficiency in their sensors. What was demonstrated here is a rather low optical efficiency.
    Additionally, note that the use of GUI/software from Aptina, different company (on laptop screen) - is not good.
    I did not find any exciting in presentation but only multiple images of possible diffraction elements on T-shirt and smart city poster.

  2. Can anybody explain me what market this lensless technology is enabling when VGA resolution camera modules based on chinese image sensor companies like GalaxyCore, etc... are today priced below 0.2-0.3$US / camera unit????


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