Precision Distance Measurements up to 2 meters in Normal Lighting Conditions for High-speed Auto Focus, Distance Ranging, Robotics and other HMI Devices
SANTA CLARA, Calif.–Heptagon introduces OLIVIA, an advanced Time-of-Flight (ToF) 3D Range sensor and the next generation of Heptagon’s Smart Sensor family, today at CES 2016. OLIVIA is a complete intelligent system module with an integrated microprocessor, adaptive algorithms, advanced optics, ToF sensor and light source. OLIVIA can accurately measure distance up to 2 meters in normal lighting conditions and functions reliably with constant performance independent of an object’s reflectance, compared with other solutions that are only able to reach similar distances in lower lighting. OLIVIA also requires 40% less power when ranging than alternate solutions. Heptagon continues to build on its patented “phase modulation” ToF pixel, which has best-in-class sensitivity and speed, as well as excellent background light rejection. This allows Heptagon’s distance-sensing modules to deliver superior measurement accuracy and precision.
“We’re excited about the advancements OLIVIA brings to the market”
“We’re excited about the advancements OLIVIA brings to the market,” says René Kromhof, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Heptagon. “Our team is moving fast – In less than 3 months from the release of LAURA, our first product, we have introduced OLIVIA, our next generation sensor. With over 20 years’ experience in highly accurate distance mapping and 3D imaging technology, Heptagon is uniquely positioned to innovate and rapidly bring world-class products to market.”
Heptagon developed the OLIVIA 3DRanger for long distance ranging, low power, small size and ease of use. OLIVIA monitors the environmental ambient light, automatically adjusts exposure settings, and calculates the distance. The user simply reads the result through a standard I2C interface. OLIVIA is especially suitable as a camera AF assist system to enable fast auto focus lock for primary and front facing smartphone cameras, even in dim lighting conditions or video modes. It is complimentary and enhances the performance of traditional contrast autofocus as well as more recent phase detection auto focus systems embedded in image sensors (PDAF), which typically perform less ideal in low light conditions and video. For the front facing camera, OLIVIA can also be used as a proximity sensor.
OLIVIA provides accurate and repeatable absolute distance measurements and is Class 1 laser eye safe. The sensor comes in an ultra-small, thermally efficient package, which provides maximum integration flexibility, while embedded filters allow for lower-cost cover glass design. The sensor is standard reflow compatible; RoHS and REACH compliant.
Heptagon (www.hptg.com) provides complete 3D/imaging, illumination and optical sensing solutions for smart devices and the internet of things. With over 1 billion units shipped and 20 years of industry firsts in miniaturizing and integrating complex hardware and software systems, Heptagon has industry leading technology and services to enhance our customer’s competitiveness. Backed by world-class investors, Heptagon is a global company with research and development, sales and customer services teams located in Singapore, Zurich Switzerland, in Silicon Valley USA, and Shenzhen China