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Himax, Etron development of chips for VR applications

  • Author:Abby
  • Release on :2015-06-16

While most Taiwan-based IC design houses are cautious in developing chips for virtual reality (VR) applications, Himax Technologies and Etron Technology may step into the VR market ahead of their fellow companies, according to industry sources.

Demand for IC parts for VR applications is expected to start emerging soon as Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Lenovo have all geared up efforts to develop related VR devices, with a number of new devices likely to hit the shelves in the second half of 2015, said the sources.

Facebook has been developing related VR devices and apps since it acquired Oculus VR in 2014, and so it is a reasonable assumption that it may launch commercial VR products in the second half of 2015, said the sources.

Other forthcoming VR devices include Samsung Electronics' Gear, Microsoft's HoloLens, HTC's Vive and Google's Cardboard, noted the sources.

Etron has been cooperating with its clients for the development of 3D sensing ICs and is ready for volume production for the chips, the sources revealed.

Meanwhile, Himax, which cooperated with Google for the development of Google Glass previously, is currently cooperating with clients in the US, Japan and China, for developing chips for VR applictions, optimizing its LCoS (liquid crystal on silicon) modules and related chip solutions.

Himax is expected to begin ramping up its LCoS module shipments in the second half of 2015, said the sources.