I was looking at Omnivision Technologies presentation at the Ninth Annual Needham Conference and I noticed something very odd in the presentation, there was not a single mention of WaveFront Coding. In March 2005 Omnivision acquired CDM-Optics for its WaveFront Coding technology also known as extended depth of field (EDF). Since the acquisition Omnivision has talked about WaveFront Coding and how it will give them an advantage over the competition. If you look at the older presentations from Jan 2006 forward Omnivision has always presented WaveFront Coding at all the investor conferences. In article from Seeking Alpha about Omnivision they point out:
WaveFront Coding Technology does not work, and is currently experiencing "serious technology issues."
With the lack of WaveFront Coding in the latest presentation and the article from Seeking Alpha it appears Omnivision has given up on WaveFront Coding. In my 2007 predictions post I stated that we would not see WaveFront Coding picked up by any major camera phone manufacturer, well it appears one of my predictions is proven to be correct.
It appears in the 10-Q Filing they seem to be having issues with WaveFront Coding:
During the three months ended October 31, 2006, we shipped the first sample of our new sensor based on our Wavefront Coding(TM) technology. Our customers have indicated a high level of interest in Wavefront Coding, which we are continuing to refine through ongoing internal development efforts. Although continued refinements of the technology will defer the realization of first product revenues, we remain committed to fully exploiting the potential of this advanced lens focus system.
With the recent investor presentation and this filing I can safely say WaveFront Coding appears will never hit the market place in a camera phone.