SEOUL, South Korea -- On January 5, eWBM, Ltd., a fabless SoC company, announced that their very first product 'DR1151' has been successfully launched. DR1151 is the world's first system semiconductor that calculates the relative distance to the object only with a single-lens camera.
The existing market has been using the two sensors and IR Emitter to calculate the relative distance between the object and the sensor heretofore. But DR1151 uses Dual Aperture's 4-color 3D image solution technology which extracts RGB and IR signals by single image sensor. They are expecting that this innovative technology can contribute to significant cost reduction and miniaturization of applications.
In addition, eWBM has ensured the high performance of more than 30 FPS and at the same time minimized the power consumption by applying the self-developed hardware blocks to DR1151 in order to process the numerous calculations required for extracting the relative distance. DR1151 is hereby expected to be used widely in mobile and portable applications in near future.
"As DR1151 has attracted a lot of interest from related companies before it was released, it will be available to customers at home and abroad from the end of Feburary, when the test is completed. We also expect that a full-fledged sales of DR1151 will be carried out from the second half of this year when the applications has been developed," Wookon Koh, the head of marketing for eWBM, said.
DR1151 can be applied to various fields such as 3D gesture recognition, gaming, distance-sensitive CCTV, automative collision avoidance systems, contactless fingerprint, single-lends laparoscope and etc. It also can be used to improve functionality of the smart phone camera-high-precision autofocusing macro, focus changes after imaging, 3D background removal and etc. eWBM has currently been committed to developing the 3D gesture recognition Smart TV and set-top boxes accessories with two foreign companies, also has been cooperating with large camera module manufactures at home and abroad to develop the module for smartphones since last year. In addition, eWBM jointly with Dual Aperture have established partnerships with three domestic and foreign companies, and they will continue to expand the types of applicable 4-color sensor.
"The hardware depth map engine applied to DR1151 has developed the Dual Aperture's algorithm to minimize the size of the circuit through eWBM's technology and yet maximize the performance. This technology allowed us to secure the over the years of technological gap compared to competing technologies," Seung-hoon Oh, vice president of product development laboratory, said.
"DR1151 will lead very significant changes in the camera sensor market. It will be the first year for eWBM to become the de facto representative of SoC fabless companies through a successful fab-out of DR1151," Stephen Sang-geun Oh, CEO of eWBM, said with aspirations.
eWBM, Ltd. has attracted an investment of $8,000,000 from Value Invest Korea last year in recognition of the SoC implementation capacity of the next generation of imaging technology commercialization.