Lenovo first to market with Tango 3D depth sensing

June 09, 2016 // By Julien Happich
Google's Tango depth sensing and instant 3D mapping technology is now ready to reach the masses with Lenovo's PHAB2 Pro smartphone launch.

The smartphone sports Infineon's REAL3 IR ToF image sensor chip, the chip maker being first (and for now the only supplier) to meet Google's specs for integration in its Tango platform.

The REAL3 image sensor chip gives the smartphone a 3-dimensional perception of the surroundings in real-time. PHAB2 Pro users will have instant access to Augmented Reality, benefiting from the phone’s motion tracking feature which responds to physical movements, depth perception that measures the distance between objects and area learning capability which enables the device to recall the data recorded from previously visited locations.

Infineon's REAL3 IR ToF image sensor chip

“3D machine vision will drive multiple new applications both in the consumer and the automotive world,” said Jochen Hanebeck, President of the Automotive division at Infineon. “The depth perception and motion tracking today implemented in Tango devices can also be applied to driver monitoring or gesture detection inside the car.”

The sensor chip was developed in Graz, Austria, a global Infineon competence center for advanced semiconductor solutions combining analog and digital signal processing with high data rates. It integrates the pixel array, the control circuitry, ADCs and the digital high-speed interface on a single chip. The development was made in co-operation with pmdtechnologies, a leading provider of Time-of-Flight (ToF) technology.

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