Chipmaker Qualcomm has announced advances in depth-sensing camera technology towards improved biometric authentication.The advances will feature in the company's Qualcomm Spectra Module Program, capable of improved biometric authentication and high-resolution depth sensing for mobile devices and head mounted displays (HMD). The firms said the module program is built on the cutting-edge technology behind the Qualcomm Spectra embedded image signal processors (ISP) family.”Whether used for computational photography, video recording, or for computer vision applications that require accurate motion tracking, it's clear that power efficient camera image signal processing has become more important for the next generation of mobile user experiences,” said Tim Leland, vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies Inc. “Our breakthrough advancements in visual quality and computer vision, combined with our family of integrated Qualcomm Spectra ISPs for Snapdragon, are designed to support an ecosystem of cutting edge mobile applications for our customers.”The new ISPs and camera modules are engineered to support superior image quality and new computer vision use cases that utilize deep learning techniques and bokeh quality image experiences with a faster time to market for smartphone and HMD devices, said Qualcomm. The next-generation ISPs also feature a new camera architecture designed for advancements in computer vision, image quality and power efficiency for the next Snapdragon Mobile and VR Platforms. The camera module program additions consist of a trio of camera modules, including an iris authentication module, a passive depth sensing module and an active depth sensing module.