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InvenSense’s MEMS Seeks to Make Smartphone Photos Crisper

26 February 2016

InvenSense Inc. has rolled out a 6-axis integrated microelectromechanical system (MEMS) motion sensor designed for mainboard optical image stabilization (OIS) in smartphones.

The ICG-20660L is a combination sensor with a 3-axis accelerometer and a 3-axis gyroscope targeted at improving the image stabilization in mobile handsets as well as the newly developed technology for macro image stabilization, known as OIS-Macro. The 6-axis MEMS has been recently integrated into Xiaomi’s Mi5 smartphone.

InvenSense says with the growing popularity of using smartphones as the main cameras among consumers, OEMs are looking for ways to enhance that experience with OIS across their product portfolio. When it comes to macro photography, hand jitters cause a need for capabilities beyond existing OIS solutions. The ICG-20660L MEMS device meets this challenge by allowing the OIS-Macro motion sensor to be placed on the main board of a phone without the need for dynamic calibration at the phone level during production, InvenSense claims.

As a result, InvenSense says the need for dynamic calibration is no longer needed due to the ability of the MEMS device to accurately control tolerances needed for main board OIS. The MEMS is currently sampling for InvenSense customers.

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