In a new interview, Apple lens supplier Largan Precision announced that they’re now developing a 7P lens module (a seven plastic lens piece) that is likely to begin large-volume shipments in 2019. In addition to a new 5P periscope lens module is likely to launch in 2019, according to company CEO Lin En-ping.
As China-based Huawei Technologies’ first smartphone model equipped with three lens modules is selling well, many other smartphone vendors are expected to follow suit. Lin said the global smartphone market may approach saturation but global demand for smartphone-use lens modules will not decrease. More smartphone models will be equipped with three or more lens modules in 2019, Lin indicated.
The Taipei Times reported last month that Apple was likely to launch « a new iPhone model with a triple-lens rear camera in the second half of next year. »
Largan has supplied receiver 3D lens modules and is poised to produce transmitter 3D lens modules using plastic lens, Lin said. Prices for such transmitter 3D lens modules are about half those for models based on semiconductor process, Lin noted.
In order to expand production capacity, Largan will seek government help to find land for a factory site twice as big as its existing sites in central Taiwan, Lin indicated.
While the number of employees has increased from 7,000 at the end of 2017 to 7,400 at present, including 1,000 in China, Largan is still recruiting engineers and workers, Lin said.
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June 13, 2018 at 03:07PM