Friday, 16 April 2010

OmniVision 14.6-megapixel HD CMOS Sensor Announced OmniVision OV14810/14825 CMOS Sensors Bring Full 1080p Video Footage @ 60 fps, Along With Electronic Image Stabilization

Remember OmniVision, those folks that were supposed to bring an upgraded
5 megapixel camera for the iPhone that would perform better in low light
conditions? They're in the spotlight again, this time announcing a new
14.6-megapixel HD CMOS sensor capable of delivering high-resolution
still photography and full 1080p high-definition (HD) video at 60 fps.
On top of being capable to capture HD video, OmniVision's new
14.6-megapixel HD sensor also bring electronic image stabilization to
prevent shaky images. We're talking about the new OV14810 for digital
still/video cameras (DSC/DVC) and the OV14825 sensor for mobile
applications, with both working on the new 1.4-micron OmniBSITM pixel
architecture that promises performance and sensitivity, despite its
small form factor.
The new OmniVision OV14810/14825 CMOS sensors are sampling as you read,
with mass production expected for Q2 2010. Check out the full press
release below for a better grip.
OmniVision Launches 14.6-Megapixel, 1080p/60 HD CMOS Imaging Solution
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — OmniVision
Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: OVTI), a leading developer of advanced
digital imaging solutions, today launched a 14.6-megapixel image sensor
capable of delivering high-resolution still photography and full 1080p
high-definition (HD) video at 60 frames per second (fps). The new
OV14810 for digital still/video cameras (DSC/DVC) and OV14825 for mobile
applications are among the very first sensors to achieve the highest
quality in both video and photography for mainstream consumer electronics.
With the new OV14810, the DSC and DVC market segments are converging,
allowing consumers to have one device for capturing their most important
photo and HD video moments, said Devang Patel, senior product marketing
manager at OmniVision. We also see the mobile phone segment moving to
full HD video combined with higher resolution photography. We believe
that our high performance OV14810 holds great potential for addressing
these developments, and may therefore prove to be highly attractive in
multiple market segments.
OmniVision's new 14.6-megapixel HD sensor uses its most advanced
1.4-micron OmniBSITM pixel architecture to achieve optimal performance
and sensitivity in the industry's smallest format. The 1/2.33-inch
OV14810 has an active array of 4,416 x 3,312 backside illumination
pixels operating at 15 fps in full resolution, or delivering full 1080p
HD video at 60 fps, using a binning feature to achieve higher
sensitivity. In full HD video mode, the sensor also provides additional
pixels for electronic image stabilization (EIS).
Our OmniBSI backside illumination technology is now a proven
technology for us, with millions of OmniBSI devices already shipped to
customers, said Bruce Weyer, vice president of marketing at OmniVision.
The OV14810 represents a new milestone in digital imaging, bringing
the most advanced pixel technology and sensor design to offer the
highest quality video and photography in a single device.
The current trend in both mobile phones and digital cameras is
strongly towards HD, and OmniVision's OV14810 is well-positioned to
benefit from this move in the market, commented Brian O'Rourke,
principal analyst for digital entertainment at In-Stat.
The OV14810 an
d OV14825 differentiate in chief ray angle (CRA), which optimizes each
sensor for its end application: DSC/DVC and mobile. The sensor's small
form factor, facilitated by its CSP packaging, allows for the
development of ultra compact cameras. The OV14825 is also available in
RW (bare die) for module integrators. The OV14810/OV14825 enables camera
designs with a low-cost bill of materials and reduced power consumption.
Both sensors are offered with industry-standard connectivity including
LVDS, MIPI and DVP and do not require external IC components.
The OV14810/14825 products are sampling now with reference platforms
available, and will enter mass production in Q2 2010
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