OmniVision and Wavelens Bring MEMS-Based High-Speed Autofocus to Next-Generation Smartphones

OmniVision Technologies, Inc. announces that it has partnered with Wavelens to bring to market an innovative autofocus (AF) technology that utilizes a microelectromechanical system (MEMS) instead of the dated voice coil motor (VCM) technology used in many consumer devices today. OmniVision couples its 23.8-megapixel OV23850 sensor with Wavelens' solution to provide MEMS-based, high-speed autofocus functionality with DSC-like image quality and performance for flagship smartphones.

"With our partnership with OmniVision, we are able to fully leverage the high-speed focus and low-power consumption that our MEMS-based autofocus technology offers," said Sebastien Bolis, CEO at Wavelens. "Together, we are redefining what users can do with a smartphone camera, allowing them to take rapid multi-frame captures or to have continuous autofocus during video capturing."

"The OV23850 supports fast-auto focus modes and is our highest resolution image sensor currently available, which makes it the preferred sensor for the MEMS focus technology developed by Wavelens," said Tehzeeb Gunja, senior partnership and business development manager at OmniVision. "VCM-based autofocus, while a proven technology, suffers from slow speed to focus and high current consumption. We are excited to take part in the transition to a superior MEMs-based solution that can overcome VCM's shortcomings. OmniVision is working with Wavelens to bring to market the MEMS-based autofocus technology across a wide array of sensors."

The OV23850 is capable of recording quad high definition (QHD) video at 30 FPS in HDR mode to enable 'always on' HDR preview mode for a resolution size popular with flagship smartphone displays. Additionally, the sensors support 720p HD video at 120 FPS and 1080p HD video at 90 FPS, allowing for crisp slow motion video recording.

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