Leica Camera AG & pmd Expand Partnership with New 3D Camera


Leica Camera AG and pmdtechnologies ag, the leading fabless IC supplier of high-performance Time-of-Flight (ToF) depth sensing solutions, today announced the next milestone of their strategic alliance to jointly develop and market 3D sensing camera solutions for mobile devices. The partnership has created Holkin, a new reference design specifically developed for mobile applications.

The Holkin module uses a Leica lens, which is designed for pmds latest 3D imager IRS2771C that has been launched at Mobile World Congress 2019. It features a module z-height of 4.2mm and a resolution of HVGA (480 x 320 pixels), making it the smallest 3D camera with the highest resolution on the market today. The module features a superior ambient light robustness for both indoors and outdoors. The Leica lens is optimized for 940nm and the pixels in the imager use pmds patented SBI (Suppression of Background Illumination).

Marius Eschweiler, Global Director Business Development of Leica Camera AG said: With over 150 years of experience Leica earned a reputation of being the worlds leading company for optical design. By using this expertise Leica is leaping forward into the future and exploring new applications in mobile photography and beyond. Together with our strategic partner pmd we are constantly pushing the boundaries of the innovative ToF technology to achieve the best performance in the most compact form factor.

The highly efficient lens was specifically designed for the requirements of 3D depth sensing. The imaging system is perfectly suited for world-facing as well as for user-facing (selfies) mobile phone integrations. Applications such as secure face unlock, image enhancement or augmented reality are elevated to the next level with the Holkin module.

We are happy to say that we found a partner in Leica, with whom cutting edge depth sensing systems are being designed. This is possible because we share a common passion for great engineering work, be it on optic, software or ASIC level, said Dr. Bernd Buxbaum, CEO of pmdtechnologies ag.

The collaboration between Leica and pmd has proven that the best-in-class ToF depth systems are achieved by co-designing the depth sensing system and not by piecing together individual components, said Jochen Penne, Executive Board Member of pmdtechnologies ag.

The partnership is proven to enable a particularly fast, and efficient coordination during development, testing and optimization of the lenses for 3D sensor systems. Leica and pmd are pleased that they will continue to broaden this cooperation.

About Leica

Leica Camera AG is an internationally operating premium manufacturer of cameras and sport optics products. The Leica legend is founded on the lenses of the long-established company. Together with innovative technologies, they provide for better images in all concerns of vision and perception. Leica Camera AG has its headquarters in Wetzlar, in the state of Hesse in Germany, and a second production site in Vila Nova de Famalic£o, Portugal. The company is internationally represented by its subsidiaries and Leica Retail Stores.

About pmdtechnologies ag

pmdtechnologies ag, a fabless IC company headquartered in Siegen/Germany with subsidiaries in the USA, China and Korea, is the worldwide leading 3D Time-of-Flight CMOS-based digital imaging technology supplier. Started up in 2002, the company owns over 350 worldwide patents concerning pmd-based applications, the pmd measurement principle and its realization. Addressed markets for pmd’s 3D sensors are industrial automation, automotive and the wide field of consumer applications especially in smartphones. Further information is available at www.pmdtec.com.

pmdtechnologies ag
Sabrina Buxbaum
Director Corporate
Strategy & Marketing
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Leica Camera AG
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Corporate Communications
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