Himax to Feature Exclusive Next Gen Color Sequential Front-Lit LCoS and 3D Sensing Technologies at CES 2024
TAINAN, Taiwan, Dec. 22, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Himax Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: HIMX) (“Himax” or “Company”), a leading supplier and fabless manufacturer of display drivers and other semiconductor products, today announced the Company will feature live showcases of its next generation proprietary ultra luminous Color Sequential Front-Lit LCoS and agile 3D Sensing technologies in a range of immersive AR applications at CES 2024, the largest consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, U.S.A. from January 9 – 12, 2024.
Himax next generation proprietary Color Sequential Front-Lit LCoS Microdisplay significantly enhances brightness when compared to the previous generation design, delivering industry-leading performance with up to 180K nits brightness. The impressive compact form factor, with total volume as small as 0.5 c.c., delivers the most distinguished and vibrate color performance exceeding 140% sRGB color gamut. These outstanding characteristics make the LCoS microdisplay the perfect fit to meet the rigorous requirements to support next generation see-through goggles deploying 2D exit pupil expansion waveguides. A live demonstration with goggles will be on display, incorporating Himax LCoS microdisplay and a 40 degrees field-of-view waveguide design, with brightness of up to 500 nits, along with an industry-leading contrast ratio exceeding 200:1. Notably, Himax has long held a leadership position in the field of LCoS technology with rich design and high-volume-production experience spanning well over a decade. The Color Sequential Front-Lit LCoS technology demonstrates unparalleled performance and has swiftly drawn the attention of several tech giants shifting their focus away from micro-LED for their new generation AR goggle designs.
During CES 2024, Himax will also exhibit a series of 3D depth sensing solutions applied to various AR/VR applications. One live demonstration will feature a groundbreaking vivid 3D naked-eye laptop that embodies Himax’s proprietary structured light vision AI module for advanced, real time 3D eye and hand gesture tracking. For eye tracking, the AI module reports out the position of the viewer’s eyes, presenting it in a 3D coordinate system with extremely low latency, as fast as 7 milliseconds. The laptop display can then be based on 3D coordination for a real-time 3D image disposition of the naked-eye display, ensuring alignment with viewer's perspective. The results in vibrant, 3D stereoscopic visual effects, providing users with an immersive and advanced glasses-free 3D display experience, while avoiding 3D dizziness. Simultaneously, during eye tracking, the module will engage in hand gesture tracking for controller-free laptop operation, providing an intuitive and user-friendly human-machine interaction.
Himax latest generation Time-of-Flight (“TOF”) 3D vision processor, HE-2, will also be on display at the event. The HE-2 features industrial-leading CPU and NPU cores. Paired with TOF image inputs, it is capable of rapidly executing 3D and AI operations on image content at high speed, outputting 3D data at 60 fps, nearly twice the speed of prevailing software. The HE-2 significantly reduces data latency, alleviates the main central processor’s computational burden, and enhances overall system efficiency. This characteristic makes it a good fit for various edge applications, such as TV, Kiosk, IoT devices among others. During the exhibition, Himax will showcase the latest TOF 3D vision technology illustrating long-distance multi-face detection, along with 3D gesture control.