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Image sensor enables HD video in all lighting setups

Posted: 02 Apr 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:image sensor? CMOS? HD video?

OmniVision Technologies Inc. has released a true high-definition (HD) image sensor optimized for use in indoor and outdoor applications for the security and surveillance markets. The OV9710 is a low-power, 1Mpixel CMOS image sensor that offers high-quality HD (720p or 800p) video performance at 30fps.

The 0.25-inch HD CameraChip sensor provides full-frame, sub-sampled or windowed 8bit/10bit images in raw RGB format via the digital video port. The sensor delivers full-frame HD 720p (1,280 x 720) at 30fps or 800p (1,280 x 800) at 30fps with complete user control over image quality, formatting and output data transfer.

The OV9710 leverages OmniVision's proprietary OmniPixel3-HS technology in a 3?m x 3?m pixel to enable best-in-class low light performance, said the company. The low-light sensitivity of 3,300mV per Lux-second is said to enable security cameras to operate in virtually every lighting condition from bright daylight to nearly complete darkness.

The OV9710 incorporates image processing functions including: exposure control, gain control, white balance, lens correction and pixel correction. These functions are also programmable through the serial camera control bus (SCCB) interface. The device is available in a variety of Pb-free packaging options. It is capable of operating within a temperature range of -30 to 70C.

Pricing starts at $4 in large quantities. The devices are currently available in sample quantities, with volume shipments expected to begin in June.

- Gina Roos

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