OPPO Showcases Advanced Air Glass & NPU Technology Innovation at INNO DAY 2021

OPPO is holding INNO DAY 2021 as an annual exhibition that showcases its latest technological innovations. Two advanced technologies released by OPPO this year are Air Glass and NPU (Neural Processing Unit).

OPPO Air Glass is a monocle-shaped aR (assisted Reality) device equipped with Spark Micro Projector technology, the latest Micro LED, as well as a special diffraction optical waveguide display. Meanwhile, NPU is the first imaging technology developed by OPPO, where RAW processing can be carried out in real-time so users can record videos using the 4K AI Night Video feature and display live previews with stunning quality.

Since the launch of OPPO INNO DAY in 2019, this technology exhibition has been considered an important event in the company's history. During the inaugural launch of OPPO INNO DAY 2019, OPPO has showcased various cutting-edge technological innovations. Today, we are proud to introduce Air Glass and NPU technology. The presence of Air Glass and NPU is a form of OPPO's commitment to providing innovative and revolutionary products, as well as providing an extraordinary experience for users.

OPPO Air Glass

OPPO Vice President and OPPO Research Institute Head, Levin Liu said that his party had developed Extended Reality (XR) technology for a long time. Through OPPO Air Glass, it has succeeded in creating smart glass products that are now within the reach of consumers.

"Coming with a futuristic design, OPPO Air Glass will change the way we see and consume information. With OPPO Air Glass technology, users can activate various interesting features quickly and easily using hand gestures, head movements, voice, or touching the virtual screen that appears on the device," said Liu.

Photo: Doc. OPPO

Liu further explained that the OPPO Air Glass design was inspired by the curved shape of a monocle. Implementing OPPO's design philosophy, Air Glass has a smooth curve shape to produce a light and minimalist look.

The OPPO Air Glass body is inspired by light, slim and curved strands of feathers. The touchbar on the device body has a shape that resembles an elegant feather rod. Meanwhile, the lens on the device is inspired by the beautiful cicadas wings and is different from conventional monocle lenses which are usually oval or round in shape.

The lens is embedded into a lightweight and slim frame. Inside this frame is the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 Platform and all the other key tech components.

"The OPPO Air Glass frame itself is manufactured using CNC technique so that it looks elegant and precise. With a unique and attractive design, the OPPO Air Glass weighs about 30 g and is one of the lightest aR devices on the market today. This makes it a stylish technology accessory that can be worn as an everyday fashion."

OPPO also independently developed Spark Micro Projector technology, advanced Micro LED, and special waveguide technology, and integrated all three in OPPO Air Glass to produce a clearer and sharper aR display so that the device can be operated indoors or outdoors. The Spark Micro Projector is the lightest image imaging technology on the market with a size of 0.5cc or the size of a coffee bean.

This projector has a CNC metal enclosure with a glass lens module for heat dissipation and stability. This projector is powered by the latest Micro LED which has a brightness level of up to 3 million nits. In addition, special optical diffraction waveguide technology enables two display modes, namely 16-level grayscale or 256-level grayscale.

"This device can also produce an average brightness of up to 1400 nits to produce clear and sharp visual displays in different lighting conditions," said Levin Liu.

OPPO Air Glass can be used with the Smart Glass application found on OPPO Watch 2 and all OPPO phones with the ColorOS 11 operating system or later versions. OPPO Air Glass also has many applications, such as Weather, Calendar, Health, Teleprompter, Translation, and Navigation. This advanced technology is designed to be used by many people including users with eye disorders such as myopia and hypermetropia.

MariSilicon X (NPU)

OPPO's Senior Director Jiang Bo explained that with more than a decade of experience in imaging technology development, his party has succeeded in creating some of the best camera module, lens and algorithm innovations on the market.

"The state-of-the-art NPU imaging technology that we created is the biggest leap in the development of mobile imaging systems and brings an extraordinary experience to OPPO smartphone users," said Jiang.

Photo: Doc. OPPO

"The NPU is manufactured on a 6nm process, combining an advanced ISP and multi-tier memory architecture to deliver exceptional performance devices with unmatched efficiency levels," he added.

With ultra speed and high efficiency, continued Jiang, NPUs can perform 18 trillion operations per second (TOPS). According to him, this power is more than enough to run OPPO's AI algorithm. With an astonishing power efficiency of 11.6 TOPS per watt, this NPU is able to deliver the best performance without draining battery power.

"The NPU is also equipped with an innovative tera-bps memory subsystem that allows it to operate by maximizing the NPU's computing power without being limited by memory. This can significantly reduce the time it takes to copy data from the storage unit to the processing unit or vice versa." he continued.

Photo: Doc. OPPO

Here are other advantages that the OPPO NPU has:

1. Ultra Speed ​​with High Efficiency

The NPU has dedicated DDR with an extra bandwidth of up to 8.5 GB per second. Can reduce delay and power consumption. Then it can also increase its performance up to 20 times faster than OPPO Find X3 Pro. The NPU can also support the 4K AI Night Video feature when recording video.

2. Powerful ISP for Ultra HDR

The NPU makes it possible to take photos with excellent quality and results. The photo will have a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1. Thus, the quality and color of the photo will look very realistic.

3. Real-Time RAW Processing

The NPU also enables real-time 4K AI processing and 20bit HDR at the same time. So it is able to produce an image signal-to-noise ratio of 8dB.

4. RGBW Pro Mode for Stunning Performance

The NPU also improves the performance of the OPPO RGBW sensor to perform color separation or blending. Can improve the quality of photo or video textures up to 1.7 times and make them more alive.

5. New Breakthrough in 4K AI Night Video Features

Another advantage of the NPU is that it is also capable of producing better dynamic range and color reproduction. This is the first breakthrough in the 4K AI HDR Night Video feature that is now available on Android phones.

The availability of OPPO Air Glass technology in the Chinese market starting in the 1st Quarter of 2022. The device is available in two colors, namely black and white, and comes with two special frame accessories. Meanwhile, the NPU will be available first in the Find X Series starting in Q1 2022 to deliver the best imaging technology.

INNO DAY 2021 will be held for 2 days, 14-15 December 2021. This technology exhibition can be visited by the general public from all over the world through the INNO WORLD virtual world at the link

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