ADI will use its technical expertise to build on Microsoft Azure Kinect technology and offer ToF solutions to a wider range of areas, such as Industry 4.0, automotive, gaming, augmented reality, computational photography and videography.
“Our customers want depth image capture that ‘just works’ and is as easy as taking a photo,” said Duncan Bosworth, General Manager, Consumer Business Unit, Analog Devices. “Microsoft’s ToF 3D sensor technology used in the HoloLens mixed-reality headset and Azure Kinect Development Kit is seen as the industry standard for time-of-flight technologies. Combining this technology with custom-built solutions from ADI, our customers can easily deploy and scale the next generation of high-performance applications they demand, out of the box.”
Analog Devices is currently developing, making, and deploying a new range of 3D ToF imagers, laser drivers, software and hardware-based depth systems based on Microsoft’s technology that it claims will offer the highest depth resolutions in the market with millimetre accuracy. ADI is looking to start building complete systems around the CMOS imagers to provide imaging with greater 3D detail, operating over longer distances, and performing robustly regardless of what is in line of sight. The new platform is intended to offer plug and play features for fast and large-scale deployment.
“Analog Devices is an established leader in translating physical phenomena into digital information,” said Cyrus Bamji, Microsoft Partner Hardware Architect, Microsoft. “This collaboration will expand market access of our ToF sensor technology and enable the development of commercial 3D sensors, cameras, and related solutions, which will be compatible with a Microsoft ecosystem built on top of Microsoft depth, Intelligent Cloud, and Intelligent Edge platforms.”