Partners Produce Front-Facing ToF Camera

LG Electronics and Infineon Technologies AG introduce Time-of-Flight (ToF) technology to the smartphone market. Infineon’s REAL3 image sensor chip will play a key role in the front-facing camera of the upcoming LG G8 ThinQ.

 

While other 3D technologies utilize complex algorithms to calculate an object’s distance from the camera lens, the ToF image sensor chip is said to deliver more accurate measurements by capturing infrared light as it is reflected off the subject. As a result, ToF is faster and more effective in ambient light, reducing the workload on the application processor thereby also reducing power consumption.

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And due to its fast response speed, ToF technology is widely used in various biometric authentication methods, such as face-recognition. What’s more, because ToF sees objects in 3D and is not affected by light from external sources, it delivers an excellent recognition rate, both indoors and out, ideal for implementation in augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) applications. For more info, visit LG Electronics and Infineon Technologies.