About SmartSens

SmartSens Technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. (Stock Code: 688213) is a high-performance CMOS image sensor (CIS) chip design company. It is headquartered in Shanghai and has research centers in many cities around the world.

SmartSens has been dedicated to pushing forward the frontier of imaging technology and growing in popularity among customers since it was established. SmartSens’ CMOS image sensors provide advanced imaging solutions for a broad range of areas such as surveillance, machine vision, automotive and cellphone cameras.

SmartSens is committed to continuous innovation of products and fueling growth in numerous industries by delivering a more comprehensive portfolio of image sensors.

What do we bring to the world?

Creating new customer value
Inventing the future of intelligent vision
Enabling endless possibilities
Advancing tomorrow's industrial ecology
Shot on device equipped with SC500AI @ Meili Snow Mountain in Yunnan

Innovation and Empowerment

SmartSens’ R&D always focuses on customer needs. We strive to continuously improve the cost performance and differentiation of our products, giving industrial applications new life, and creating a smarter and clearer future.
Leading products are trusted by more than 350 customers worldwide.
SmartSens technology powers more than 200 different kinds of applications.
5 Years
SmartSens has led the security and surveillance sensor industry by market share five years in a row.
SmartSens owns more than 230 patents worldwide.
Inventions compose over 60 percent of SmartSens patents.


  • 2022

    · SmartSens was listed on the Science and Technology Innovation Board of the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE STAR MARKET: 688213) on May 20, 2022

    · Was selected as Top 10 Sensor Companies of China Fabless 100

    · Won the Best Sensor of the Year at 2022 China IC Design Achievement Awards

    · Won the Leading Enterprise Award of 2021-2022 China Chip Market at World Semiconductor Conference & Expo 2022 (WSCE 2022)

    · Won the Outstanding Innovative Company of the Year at 2022 World Electronics Achievement Awards

  • 2021

    · Won the 16th "China Core" Excellent Technological Innovation Product Award in 2021

    · Won "The IC Unicorn of the Year" Award in the 2021 China IC Top Award Ceremony

    · Won the Award of "Annual Innovation IC Design Company" in the "2021 China IC Design Achievement Award"

    · Won the Award of "Outstanding AI Market Performance of the Year" in the "2021 China IC Design Achievement Award"

    · Won the Sensor of the Year in the 2021 World Electronics Achievement Award

    · Selected as one of the “2021 Top 50 Global Security Companies”

    · Won the Golden Tripod Award at CPSE 2021

  • 2020

    ·SmartSens expands into automotive electronics

    ·Named to the 2020 EETimes Silicon 100

    ·Recipient of the 2020 China IC Design Award – “2020 Popular IC Products of the Year”: Sensor/MEMS

    ·Recipient of the 2020 China IC Design Award – “2020 Top 3 China Outstanding Technical Support IC Design Companies”

    ·Recipient of the “Growing Company of the Year Award” at the China IC Top Award Ceremony

    ·Recipient of the “IoT Semiconductor Solution of the Year Award” in the Global 2020 IoT Breakthrough Awards

  • 2019

    · SmartSens CEO Dr. Richard Xu is the first presenter in the ISSCC’s Image Sensor Technology Session

    · Recipient of the “Ernst & Young Fudan Most Promising Company in China” award

    · Recipient of the 2019 CPSE “Golden Cauldron Award” and “Most Innovative Company Award”

    · Recipient of the IoT, Cloud & Cybersecurity Innovation Awards — Semiconductor Product of 2019 

    · Recipient of the Elektra Award 2019 — Semiconductor Product of the Year Analogue

  • 2018

    · SmartSens continues to be one of the leaders in market share for CIS security shipments, according to TSR


    SmartSens launches SmartGS® products that combine BSI and Global Shutter technologies

    · SmartSens enters the machine vision industry

  • 2017

    ·SmartSens become one of the leaders in market share for CIS security shipments, according to TSR

Core Team

Dr. Richard Xu

Founder | President | CEO

Dr. Xu is founder and CEO of SmartSens. He has led the SmartSens team to combine the world’s most advanced imaging technologies with a culture of rapid iteration to quickly become a leader in the field of image sensors for security, automotive, and a range of industries. His vision has led the company to more than 20 US patents and 50 Chinese patents.

Dr. Xu is one of the leading minds in CMOS image sensor design, with more than 20 years of leading R&D and product design experience. His focus on digital and analog hybrid integrated circuit design and processing, device physics, and the semiconductor chip production process continues to drive SmartSens’ innovation.

Mr. Xu has worked in several world's leading Silicon Valley CMOS image sensor companies in the United States. Among his contributions to the imaging industry is a high-speed system architecture that helps resolve some of the critical noise problems inherent to these systems. This along with breakthrough contributions in the development of small-pixel global shutter pixels has contributed to both the rise of SmartSens and the advancement of the sensor industry at large.

Dr. Xu holds a PhD and master’s degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Tsinghua University.

Dr. Yaowu Mo

Co-Founder | CTO

Dr. Yaomu Mo is the co-founder and chief technology officer (CTO) of SmartSens. In this role, he is responsible for leading the company's advanced technology, solution design and development, and entire product life cycle.

Dr. Mo is personally responsible for the design of nearly a hundred CMOS image sensors that are widely used in many market segments—such as mobile phones, security, computers, vehicles, Internet of Things, medical, AR/VR, and machine vision applications.

Mr. Mo has worked as the head of R&D in several world's leading Silicon Valley CMOS image sensor companies in the United States for many years. He is proficient in the design of digital-analog hybrid integrated circuits and has led multinational R&D teams to develop innovative products in various fields, helped incumbent companies stay ahead in the field of CMOS image sensor technology, and obtained multiple technology patents in the United States and China.

Dr. Mo holds a Ph.D. in electronic science and technology from the Chinese Academy of Sciences University as well as a bachelor’s in semiconductor physics and devices from Huazhong University of Science and Technology. He is a recipient of the Shanghai Science and Technology Progress Award.

William Ma

Co-Founder | COO

Mr. Ma holds a master’s degree in electronic circuits and systems from Zhejiang University and has nearly two decades of Chip R&D and management experience.

Mr. Ma once worked as the R&D and Product Manager in Maxscend Technologies. He played a role in forming the Maxscend R&D team and managing more than ten chip development projects, such as H264/AVS image decoding chips, CMMB mobile TV chips, DTMB ground national standard chips and video SoC chips.

Mr. Ma subsequently joined SmartSens as the co-founder and VP of Technology, taking charge of product R&D and management. He is now the co-founder and COO of SmartSens. In this role, he is responsible for product planning, marketing and sales as well as supply-chain management.

Mike Hu

VP of Technology

Mr. Hu is the vice president of technology, responsible for management of the R&D team of SmartSens in Shanghai as well as the R&D center in Shenzhen.

Mr. Hu joined SmartSens at the beginning of 2020. Before that, he was the founder and CEO of Allchip, a startup company focused on CMOS image sensors, with products featuring as single-chip imaging system which integrates photo sensing, digital image processing, video encoding and transmission, all on a same chip. The products are ideal for high reliability small size video camera applications like automotive cameras, endoscopes and other security applications.

Mr. Hu was the co-founder of BYD Microelectronics, worked as the Chief Engineer, responsible for the product line of CMOS image sensor after he came back to China in 2004. He started working on CMOS image sensor design since 1999 in the USA.

Mr. Hu holds a master’s degree from University of Colorado and a bachelor’s degree from Peking University.

Tommy Wang

VP of Sensor Systems

Mr. Wang holds a master’s degree in optical engineering from Zhejiang University and has over 20 years of algorithm design experience in the field of image processing and computer vision.

Mr. Wang has worked in a world’s leading CIS company for more than ten years and has obtained a number of patents and technological breakthroughs. He successfully designed and completed dozens of ISP IPs which were widespread recognized and praised by the market and customers.

Mr. Wang joined SmartSens in 2017 and is currently the Vice President of Sensor Systems. In this position, he is responsible for the development of algorithms, the design of a new generation of AI CIS, the construction of lightweight neural network platforms and the R&D of system-level chips.

Rafa Jin

VP of Industry & Emerging Division

Mr. Jin holds a master degree in electronic circuits and systems from Zhejiang University and has over 15 years of chip development and marketing experience.

Mr. Jin once worked for S3 Graphics and Maxscend Technologies, responsible for product planning and marketing of many chips including GPU and image decoder.

Mr. Jin joined the company in 2016 and used to be Senior Sales Director. He is now the vice president of Industry & Emerging Division at SmartSens. In this role, he is responsible for promoting business development for image sensors in the fields of industry and emerging market, diversifying and planning product lines and marketing.

Ben Tan

VP of Security and IoT Division

Mr. Tan has over 16 years of marketing experience in security sensors.

Mr. Tan once worked for LACEWOOD, where he was responsible for the marketing of ADCs of video capture cards and video recorders and led to a market share of over 70% in this industry.

Mr. Tan joined the company in 2013 and held the position of Senior Sales Director. He is now Vice President of Security and IoT Division at SmartSens. In this role, he focuses on developing and promoting SmartSens’ business in security and IoT CMOS image sensors. He also takes charges of product line expansion and marketing.

Kevin Shao

VP of Automotive Division

Mr. Shao holds a master degree in Control Science and Engineering and has over 10 years of IC industry experience in imaging and video.

Mr. Shao has held several positions in the company since he joined in 2016, including Director of Algorithm and Director of Sensor Application. He is now the vice president of Automotive Division, responsible for product planning, market sale and method research and development.

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