LG Electronics has partnered up with Infineon Technologies AG to offer the Real3 image sensor chip in its upcoming G8 ThinQ smartphone, which is set to be unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona.
The new sensor will help deliver new front camera capabilities in the smartphone, says LG, including Time-of-Flight (ToF) technology. While other 3D technologies use complex algorithms to calculate an object's distance from the camera lens, the ToF image sensor chip delivers 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, says LG, reducing the workload on the application processor, and thereby also reducing power consumption.
Due to its fast response speed, ToF technology is widely used in various biometric authentication methods, such as face-recognition. 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.
Infineon, which is recognized for its sensor solutions and power semiconductors, says it developed the ToF technology for use in both premium high-end and mid-end smartphones.
"Infineon is poised to revolutionize the market," says Andreas Urschitz, Division President of Infineon's Power Management & Multimarket division. "We have demonstrated service beyond the mere product level - specifically catering to phone OEMs, associated reference design houses, and camera module manufacturers. Within five years, we expect 3D cameras to be found in most smartphones, and Infineon will contribute a significant share."
"Keeping in mind LG's goal to provide real value to its mobile customers, our newest flagship was designed with ToF technology from inception to give users a unique and secure verification system without sacrificing camera capabilities," adds Chang Ma, Senior Vice President and Head of Product Strategy at LG Mobile Communications Company. "The LG G8 ThinQ featuring ToF will be the optimal choice for users in search of a premium smartphone that offers unmatched camera capabilities."