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pmd announces strategic partnership with Sunny Opotech for 3D depth sensing camera solutions


January 9th, 2018 – Siegen/Germany, Las Vegas/USA, Ningbo/China – pmdtechnologies ag, the leading fabless IC supplier of high-performance Time-of-Flight (ToF) depth sensing solutions, and Ningbo Sunny Opotech Co., Ltd., subsidiary of Sunny Optical Technology (Group) Company Ltd. (HKG: 02382.HK), a leading manufacturer of integrated optical devices and optical imaging system solution provider, today announced a collaboration to jointly strengthen their already existing partnership. Jointly the partners develop and market 3D sensing camera solutions for mobile devices to OEMs in China and the rest of the world.

Both companies have succeeded in the past to integrate pmd’s 3D ToF depth sensing for the first time into smartphones for best-in-class Augmented Reality applications. The extension of the partnership aims to solidify and broaden the existing camera offering to address the increasing demand for 3D depth sensing solutions from mobile device global OEMs. Both companies bring their respective fields of expertise to offer a superior time-to-market, while maintaining the high standards regarding robustness and delivery quality, which have been established already for pmd-based 3D ToF camera modules by Sunny.

pmdtechnologies ag and Sunny Opotech will work together to create camera solutions for 3D sensing applications that are set to incorporate pmd’s technical know-how for cost-optimized, robust and high-performance camera design, including calibration and software know-how as well as Sunny’s know-how to scale the production of 3D camera modules in an affordable, fast and stable way.

Dr. Bernd Buxbaum, CEO of pmdtechnologies ag, comments on the announcement: “We are very excited about this collaboration, which brings together pmd’s technology leadership for the most robust and most advanced depth sensing technology with Sunny’s well established position in optical elements and module manufacturing. As we already have successfully ramped our technology together with Sunny for smartphones, we consider this collaboration essential to scale the addressable volume by a magnitude of order in 2018. Fast time-to-market and availability of volume-proven, high quality 3D sensing solutions is key to enable affordable 3D sensing for OEMs.”

David Wang, CEO of Ningbo Sunny Opotech Co., Ltd., adds: “The Sunny-pmd co-developed solution is by far with the greatest large scale manufacturability ToF solution in the market. During the past few years, with pmd’s support, our products have largely been recognized by the market and won the strong faith from our customers all over the world. Based on the accumulated technology and experience, we believe this further enhanced collaboration between Sunny and pmd will take us to an even higher level and bring to our customers with the world’s Top depth sensing solutions.”

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