When designing an auto-focusing actuator for use in cell phone cameras, it is essential to minimize the device size, maximize the positioning repeatability, and minimize the power consumption. In a previous study, we presented a miniature auto-focusing voice coil motor (VCM) actuator for cell phone camera applications in which the lens was precisely positioned by a closed-loop feedback signal generated by a Hall element. Our study characterizes the performance of this device by using an experimental approach. The results show that the proposed actuator is not only smaller than a conventional VCM actuator with an open-loop positioning system, but also has improved positioning repeatability, a more rapid response, and lower power consumption.
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