PR Newswire: OmniVision announces 1/4-inch OV9713, the native 720p/60fps CameraChip sensor that is said to be the first sensor to be built on a new and improved OmniPixel3-HS pixel using a proven 0.11um FSI process. [It sounds like the 3 year old OmniPixel3-HS has been improved but the generation name remains same.]
The sensor's new 3um pixel offers low-light sensitivity of 3300 mV/lux-sec, better SNR and a 5dB improvement in DR compared to the previous generation. Additionally, the OV9713's 12-bit RGB RAW output capability provides optimized HDR, while the embedded sequential line- or frame-based HDR features allow an even higher DR to address high-contrast scenes often encountered indoors. The sensor is also 3D ready, offering frame synchronization functionality for 3D (stereo) camera systems. It comes with a standard 2-lane MIPI interface and fits into an 8 mm x 6 mm x 4.5 mm module size.
The OV9713 is currently available for sampling, and is expected to go into volume production by Q2 2012.