3D imaging and sensing: now it is rear 3D sensing turn to be the leading growing application

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“At Yole Développement (Yole), we expect the global 3D imaging and sensing market to expand from US$5.0 billion in 2019 to US$15.0 billion in 2025, at a 20% CAGR” affirms Pierre Cambou, Principal Analyst, Imaging.
With the introduction of the iPhone X in September 2017, Apple set the technology and use-case standard for 3D sensing in the consumer space. Two years later, Android phone makers have taken a different approach, using ToF cameras instead of Structured Light and are placing them on the rear of the phone.
Richard Liu, Technology & Market Analyst in the Photonics, Sensing & Display division at Yole and based in Shenzhen, China, adds: “Compare to structured light, ToF modules only needs a VCSEL and a diffuser on the emitter, which is less complex. ToF sensors have now improved a lot thanks to the BSI technique. They have also gained a cost advantage within a maturing ecosystem. This is the main reason why ToF has won the favor of Android phone makers”.

The market research and strategy consulting releases today its annual imaging technology & market analysis, 3D Imaging and Sensing. This report marks another step forward in the understanding of the industry and its evolution. Under this new report, Yole’s imaging team is offering an up-to-date study of the industry with detailed market forecasts and trends, scenarios for mobile front & rear 3D cameras, updated rear 3D camera applications, deep analysis of the ecosystem, technology cost breakdown and more… Without doubt, 3D sensing main trend is the switch adoption from the front to the rear of phones and the ToF camera mass adoption. According to Yole’s 3D imaging & sensing report, rear attachment will surpass front attachment, penetration rate reaching about 42% in 2025… More info.

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