DigitalOptics Develops Slimmer, Faster Smartphone Camera Module
DigitalOptics has demonstrated that mems|cam offers significantly faster autofocus, at 1 percent of the power consumption of traditional voice coil motor (VCM) autofocus technology. DOC's mems|cam components provide micron-level precision for greater focus accuracy, leveraging the benefits of semiconductor processing at major wafer foundries. Not to mention, phone makers who use this will be able to make slimmer phones. The camera module is the primary height constraint for smartphones. DOC's first mems|cam module (an 8 megapixel, 1/3.2" format camera) is available in wire bond (COB) and flip chip packages. This module will allow designers to pursue aggressive form factors thanks to its ultra-low z-height of as small as 5.1mm.
The company is at first aiming to get China-based smartphone manufacturers to integrate the new tech, but it surely won't be long before the rest follow suit. As cameras become a tentpole feature in flagship phones, skimping just won't be acceptable.