Himax Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: HIMX) (“Himax” or “Company”), a leading supplier and fabless manufacturer of display drivers and other semiconductor products, and Kneron, a leading company in edge artificial intelligence (AI) solutions, jointly announced a collaboration to accelerate the development and commercialization of a high precision and high performance 3D sensing and AI-enabled security and surveillance solution. Himax and Kneron will demonstrate the solution prototype at the 14th China International Exhibition on Public Safety and Security in Beijing on October 23-26, 2018.
The collaboration brings together Himax’s SLiMTM (Structured Light Imaging Module), an industry leading structured light-based 3D sensing hardware total solution consisted of its cutting-edge design and manufacturing capabilities in optics, NIR sensors, ASIC as well as unique know-how in 3D sensing system integration, and Kneron’s dedicated edge artificial intelligence (AI) processor and facial recognition algorithm with deep learning technology. The 3D sensing, AI-enabled solution can deliver real time 3D depth map generation with high resolution and high accuracy performance for indoor and outdoor environment. Furthermore, it is engineered for ultra-lower power consumption in a compact form factor, making it ideal for integration with security and surveillance system.
“While we continue working closely with leading Android smartphone makers and platform providers to enable wider 3D sensing adoption in 2019 and beyond, we are seeing emerging 3D sensing adoption in various vertical industries such as AR/VR, IoT, industrial, automotive, security and surveillance, among several others,” said Jordan Wu, President and Chief Executive Officer of Himax Technologies. “Our SLiMTM is a turnkey 3D sensing module that can enable facial recognition, 3D reconstruction and scene perception. With the ASIC chip for 3D depth decoding that Himax has developed, we can extend the solution beyond smartphone to wide applications without duplicating the development efforts. 3D sensing represents the most significant growth opportunity for Himax in the next few years.”