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OmniVision and SMI Track Together for Virtual Reality Experiences

OmniVision's global shutter CameraCubeChip will be integrated into SMI'svirtual realityandaugmented reality eye trackingplatform as part of an alliance in which the two companies expect to continue making further developments in the AR/VR sector.

In a joint announcement at theConsumer Electronics Showin Las Vegas, 6 - 9 January 2015, digital imaging developer OmniVision Technologies and eye tracking specialistsSensoMotoric Instruments,SMI, said that the use ofCameraCubeChip OVM6211, one of the smallest global shutter camera systems available, will make it possible for SMI's eye tracking platform to deliver high frame rates with low latency. This ability will support production of lifelike, real-time, hands-free VR and AR experiences for devices such as VR headsets and smart glasses.

Previously, SMI have integrated OmniVision's sensors to create reference designs for desktop, mobile and wearable VR and AR systems that third parties can enhance or modify to suit different applications. “By incorporating OmniVision's most recent sensor design, we are able to build an extremely compact, robust and fast eye tracking platform that can be integrated readily into many different displays," saidChristian Villwock, director of SMI's OEM Solutions Business. "The combination of high performance and low power consumption in the OVM6211 aligns very closely with our eye-tracking system, and is critical in extending the use of natural user interfaces."

Using OmniVision's3 micron OmniPixel3-GS global shutter pixel, the OVM6211 shows high sensitivity in near infrared wavelengths, minimizing the required power budget of the NIR light source. The OVM6211captures full resolution video, 400x400 pixels, at120 fps. OmniVision's CameraCubeChip system enables the OVM6211's compact form factor of 3.23 x 3.23 x 3.92 mm, making it suitable for space-constrained devices.

CameraCubeChipapplies semiconductor stacking to fabricate wafer-level optical elements aslayers of wafer structure. This incorporates the optical wafer structures into the packaging of CMOS image sensors, in a single step, and results in completely integrated chip products, capable of performing camera functions on reflowable CMOS silicon chips with very small footprints and low profiles. In turn, customers can manufacture very thin imaging devices in specific sizes, such as smartphones, tablets, notebooks and wearables.


SMI's eye tracking platform is proven for VR/AR applications, streaming very accurate eye tracking data such asgaze vectorand3D eyeball position,gesture recognitionandmotion detection. It is calibration-free for quick setup and has automatic slip compensation, allowing users to move or take the headset on or off without impact on data robustness.