Technology, Process and Cost

STMicroelectronics’ Time of Flight Proximity Sensor & Flood Illuminator in the Apple iPhone X

By Yole SystemPlus

A unique combination of STMicroelectronics’ latest proximity sensor, based on single-photon avalanche diode (SPAD) technology and a VCSEL illuminator, all in Apple’s most advanced handset


  • Detailed photos
  • Precise measurements
  • Materials analysis
  • Manufacturing process flow
  • Supply chain evaluation
  • Manufacturing cost analysis
  • Estimated sales price
  • Comparison with STMicroelectronics’ ToF portfolio: Previous generation VL6180X, actual VL53L0X, and last custom product in Apple’s iPhone 8, Evolution, from function to SPADs

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