SmartSens, the supplier of high-performance CMOS imaging systems, announced it has signed a cooperation agreement with MEMS image stabilization innovator MEMS Drive. The two will collaborate on a series of research projects in the fields of CMOS image sensing chip and chip-level optical image stabilization (OIS) technologies to open up new areas of applications.
Besides its conventional application in mobile cameras, image stabilization is equally important for application in non-mobile areas such as security monitoring, AI machine vision and autonomous vehicles. As an example of the importance of video capturing chips in the field of AI machine vision, CMOS image sensors need to be able to respond to factors such as uneven roads and air turbulence that could result in blurred images. This requires that the image sensor itself possesses exceptional stabilization capabilities, in order to increase efficiency in both the identification as well as the overall AI system.
Through this collaboration, SmartSens now introduces chip-level anti-vibration technology directly into CMOS image sensors, made available in non-mobile applications, such as security and machine vision, – the optical image stabilization technology which has previously only been available in high-end DSLR cameras. In comparison to conventional OIS technology, sensors with chip-level stabilization offer higher simplicity in engineering, without losing any of the robust capabilities unique to OIS in traditional VCMs. Additionally, these sensors will feature added stabilization control to the rotation of the sensor, achieving optimal stabilization with no less than 5 axes. For applications in AI-enabled systems, which often require high dynamic range (HDR) imaging, high frame rate video capture, or sensing in ultra-low light conditions, SmartSens will be able to provide the perfect solution in the form of unparalleled, efficient stabilization.
In prospective years, the two companies will delve even deeper into the immense potential of chip-level stabilization technology beyond the field of DSLR cameras, relying on the developmental, innovative, and consumer-oriented advantages. SmartSens has advanced in the field of image sensing technology to provide unique and revolutionary solutions to AI-enabled applications such as security monitoring, automotive imaging, smart appliances, and machine vision.
SmartSens CMO Chris Yiu expresses her optimism, saying, “Optical image stabilizing technology is one of the hottest areas of research and development in the fields of DSLR and mobile cameras, and is unprecedented in non-mobile applications such as AI video capturing. SmartSens’s collaboration with MEMS Drive in the area of non-mobile image stabilization opens up new possibilities in this field. SmartSens and MEMS Drive are both companies that rely on innovation to drive growth, and we are very pleased to use this partnership to bring forth further innovation in the field of image sensing technology.”
MEMS Drive CEO Colin Kwan notes, “Since its founding, MEMS Drive has dedicated itself to replacing the limited voice coil motor (VCM) technology with its own innovative MEMS OIS technology. Our close collaboration with SmartSens will further improve efficiency of MEMS OIS develop image stabilization for non-mobile fields, and together achieve many more technological breakthroughs.”