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8MP camera sensor aimed at smartphones, tablets

Posted: 01 Jul 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:sensor? tablets? smartphone?

OmniVision Technologies Inc. has introduced its 8MP CameraChip sensor that the company said features an improved 1.4? OmniBSI-2 pixel. According to the company, the OV8865 delivers best-in-class pixel performance in a smaller package and uses less power when compared to the previous-generation OV8835, making it an ideal solution for new mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.

The OV8865 provides a number of performance improvements over the previous generation OV8835 CameraChip sensor. These improvements, including a 50 per cent reduction in dark current and a five per cent improvement in dynamic range, result in superior high- and low-light image capture, noted the firm. Additionally, the OV8865 achieves the sub-200mW benchmark favoured by many high-end mobile device manufacturers.

Using OmniVision's 1.4? OmniBSI-2 pixel architecture, the 1/3.2in OV8865 supports an active array of 3264 x 2448 pixels (8MP) operating at 30fps for high-speed photography. The sensor is also capable of capturing 1080p HD video at 30fps or 720p HD video at 60fps with electronic image stabilisation, at 100 per cent horizontal field of view. The OV8865's 2 x 2 binning functionality with post-binning resampling filter minimises spatial artifacts and removes image artifacts around sharp edges to deliver clean, crisp colour images.

The OV8865 comes in a smaller footprint when compared to the OV8835, fitting into a thin 8.5 x 8.5 x 5mm module. It is available for sampling and is expected to enter volume production in 4Q13.

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