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Huawei Mate 20 Pro’s 3D Depth-Sensing System

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EUR 6990
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The complete system includes a 3D camera, flood illuminator, and DOT projector featuring a DOE.

Following Oppo and Xiaomi, two of its major competitors in China, Huawei has introduced 3D depth-sensing hardware in one of its latest flagship phones, the Mate 20 Pro. Unlike Oppo or Xiaomi, which have made some compromises in the  performance of their  3D systems, Huawei, with its large sensor coupled with  patterned wafer-level optics (WLO), is the closest solution to Apple’s (which relies on high dynamic range and DOE). Huawei’s 3D system includes a DOT projector in a camera module assembly configuration. On the receiver side, the NIR image is captured by a global shutter (GS) near-infrared (IR) camera module.

 Huawei 20 Pro 3D Depth Sensing - System Plus Consulting

The front optical hub packaged in one metal enclosure features several cameras and sensors. The complete system features an RGB camera module, a proximity sensor, and an ambient light sensor. The 3D depth-sensing system consists of the NIR camera module, the flood illuminator, and the DOT projector.

This report constitutes a thorough analysis of the Mate 20 Pro’s 3D depth-sensing system. All components are standard and can be found on the market. This includes a GS image sensor featuring 3 µm-size pixels and a standard resolution of 1.5 megapixels, and two vertical cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSEL): one for the DOT projector and one for the flood illuminator, each coming from a different supplier. The camera and DOT projector use a standard camera module assembly with wire bonding and an optical module featuring lenses. In order to provide the structured light features, a WLO is integrated with the DOT projector structure.

This report analyzes the complete 3D depth-sensing system, including a full analysis of the NIR camera module and the dot projector, along with a cost analysis and price estimate for the system. Also included is a physical and technical comparison with other 3D sensing systems, such as those from Apple in the iPhone X; Oppo in the Find X; and Xiaomi in its Mi 8 Explorer. This comparison examines system integration, the NIR camera module, and the dot projector architecture.

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Huawei – Company Profile

Mate 20 Pro Edition – Teardown and Market Analysis

Physical Analysis

  • Physical Analysis – Methodology
  • NIR Camera Module – Disassembly and Cross-Section
  • Sensor Die
    • View, Dimensions, Pixels, Pads, and Markings
    • Die Process and Cross-Section
  • DOT Projector & Flood Illuminator – Module Disassembly and Cross-Section
  • WLO
    • View and Dimensions
    • Process and Cross-Section
  • NIR VCSEL Dies
    • View and Dimensions
    • Die Process and Cross-Section
  • Physical Data Summary

Physical Comparison: Apple iPhone X, Oppo Find X, and Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer

  • System Integration
  • NIR Camera – Module and Sensor
  • Dot Projector – Module and VCSEL

Manufacturing Process Flow

  • Die Fabrication Unit: NIR Image Sensor, NIR VCSEL, WLO
  • NIR VCSEL – Process Flow

Cost Analysis

  • Cost Analysis – Overview
  • Supply Chain – Description and Yield Hypotheses
  • NIR Image Camera – Module Cost
    • Front-End (FE), Microlens, and Total FE Cost
    • Wafer and Die Cost
    • Lens Module and Assembly Cost
  • NIR VCSEL – Die Cost
    • Front-End (FE) Cost
    • Front-End Cost, per Process Step
    • Wafer and Die Cost
    • Lens Module and Assembly Cost
  • WLO – Die Cost
    • Front-End (FE) Cost
    • Wafer and Die Cost

Estimated Price Analysis: NIR Camera Module, DOT Projector Module, and Optical Hub

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