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Unigroup Spreadtrum and OmniVision Introduce the Industry’s First Turnkey Active Stereo 3D Camera Reference Design for Smartphones

2018-01-12

Complete, End-to-End Reference Design Reduces 3D Camera Development Time and Cost

Las Vegas— Jan. 10, 2018—Unigroup Spreadtrum Communications (“Spreadtrum”), a leading fabless semiconductor company in China with advanced technology in 2G, 3G and 4G wireless communications standards, and OmniVision Technologies, Inc., a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, today announced the industry’s first turnkey active stereo 3D camera reference design for smartphones. The reference design’s small form factor and low power requirements enable smartphone manufacturers to quickly and easily incorporate advanced 3D imaging capabilities, such as 3D modeling, depth capturing and face authentication, into next-generation smartphone designs.

“Spreadtrum has always been flexible and agile to adapt to quick changes in the marketplace and address customer needs with differentiated solutions. This partnership with OmniVision to enhance 3D camera technology provides an excellent demonstration of our diversified product selection and customer-focused strategy,” said Mr. Yalei Mao, AVP, Camera System Design, Spreadtrum. “By incorporating the high-performance hardware and software into one simple yet elegant solution, we’ve ensured that customers can utilize the reference design’s full benefits with minimal tuning or customization.”

“We anticipate face login to be one of the key features for upcoming mobile devices. Achieving this requires complete camera hardware and software system development, which can be an extremely complicated, resource-intensive and expensive process. The aim of this active stereo 3D camera reference design is to reduce time to market and other key hurdles for our customers,” said Sylvia Zhang, head of marketing for OmniVision’s mobile segment. “This offering reflects our strong partnership with Spreadtrum and our continued determination to deliver innovative solutions that ease our customers’ pain points.”

Pairing OmniVision’s ultra-compact OV9282 and OV7251 global shutter sensors with the powerful Spreadtrum SC9853I applications processor has resulted in a compelling active stereo camera solution that delivers the performance that manufacturers expect in the remarkably compact and power-efficient form factor that they need. Based on 14nm octa-core 64-bit Airmont architecture, the Spreadtrum SC9853I reaches 1.8 GHz in dominant frequency and delivers high-quality multimedia capabilities.

A working sample of the active stereo 3D camera reference design will be available in OmniVision’s private suite at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas January 9-12.

About Spreadtrum Communications
As an affiliate of Tsinghua Unigroup, Ltd, Spreadtrum Communications is a fabless semiconductor company that develops mobile chipset platforms for smartphones, feature phones and other consumer electronics products, supporting 2G, 3G and 4G wireless communications standards. Spreadtrum’s solutions combine its highly integrated, power-efficient chipsets with customizable software and reference designs in a complete turnkey platform, enabling customers to achieve faster design cycles with a lower development cost. Spreadtrum’s customers include global and China-based manufacturers developing mobile products for consumers in China and emerging markets around the world. At the same time, Spreadtrum has been at the forefront of 5G technology development. In addition to mobile chipsets, Spreadtrum has developed its innovative solutions on IoT (automotive terminal, broadband communication, financial security and secure phone, etc.). For more information, please visit www.spreadtrum.com.

About OmniVision
OmniVision Technologies, Inc. is a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions. Its award-winning CMOS imaging technology enables superior image quality in many of today’s consumer and commercial applications, including mobile phones, notebooks, tablets and webcams, digital still and video cameras, security and surveillance, entertainment devices, automotive and medical imaging systems. Find out more at www.ovt.com.
OmniVision® and the OmniVision logo are registered trademarks of OmniVision Technologies, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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