Thursday, October 29, 2009

Intertech-Pira Image Sensors 2009 Presentations On-Line

Here used to be a link to the presentations from the recent Intertech-Pira Image Sensors 2009 conference (San Diego Oct. 13-16). A lot of interesting stuff!

[Update: The links have been removed at request from the originator. This link was supposed to be only for attendees of the conference, not for the general public.]

On the technical side, Don Scansen shows Chipworks reverse engineering picture of Omnivision BSI packaging scheme:

There is one more Chipworks BSI sensor picture, apparently of Sony ClearVid camcorder sensor:

Don also presents many other observations, some of them quite paradoxical. One of the graphs shows that Microsoft has filed about 10 patent applications on BSI technology. Personally, I have not seen any of them.

Another interesting presentation comes from DxO Labs on camera module self calibration. It presents very nice features but no word is said about the price to implement them in silicon - an important omission. Also, Gr/Gb imbalance section excessively downplays the alternative approaches to the problem.

On the marketing side, there is an interesting presentation by Sanyo on digital camera market, product trends and adoption rates. Toshiba presentation mainly talks about the market consolidation trend. The Strategies Unlimited presentation disappointed me a bit, as its many data labels from the charts are removed - looks like a teaser for the paid reports.

5 comments:

  1. Actually Toshiba presentation talked about shift to computational imaging and image processing. The consolidation is just to emphasize that DSC/non-cell/non-NBPC apps are no longer as exciting. For other new apps, it may not be necessary to focus on hi-res image sensors.

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  2. Correction to above.
    Actually Toshiba presentation talked about shift to computational imaging and image processing. The consolidation is just to emphasize that DSC/cell/NBPC apps are no longer as exciting. For other new apps, it may not be necessary to focus on hi-res image sensors.

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  3. Looks like they took these down. Does someone have saved copies they could share?

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  4. [Update: The links have been removed at request from the originator. This link was supposed to be only for attendees of the conference, not for the general public.]

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  5. As pointed out in this thread, the IntertechPira Image Sensor presentations link was disabled since it was not intended to be public. As for my own presentation, you can view it at my site:
    http://semicondr.com/News_and_Events.html
    or on SlideShare.
    Since the conference organizers appear sensitive about public access to the presentations, I have omitted a few slides from the original set. However, I have tried to add something to the slides I posted to make them easier to follow without the benefit of attending the live talk.

    With regards to Microsoft BSI patents, perhaps I am also guilty of keeping some information out of free presentations ;-)

    Don

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