SEOUL, March 8 (Yonhap) — LG Innotek Co., a major electronics parts maker in South Korea, said Monday it has joined hands with Microsoft Corp. to better expand its presence in the 3D sensing component market.

Under the partnership, the two sides will collaborate on the development and supply of Time of Flight (ToF) modules dedicated for Microsoft’s cloud platform Azure.

A ToF module is a core 3D sensing camera component that can recognize three-dimensionality, spatial information and movement of an object by using the distance calculated based on the return time of the light shot toward and bounced off of a target object.

ToF module-equipped smartphones or wearable devices can support advanced functions such as biometric verification, motion sensing, artificial reality and virtual reality.

Through Microsoft, the world’s second-largest cloud service provider, LG Innotek’s ToF module will be supplied to various Azure users.

LG Innotek plans to mass-produce the Azure-dedicated ToF module in the second half of the year.

This file photo, provided by LG Innotek on Feb. 21, 2020, shows a Time of Flight module developed by the company. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)