Thursday, January 12, 2012

Omnivision Launches 1.4um OmniBSI+ Pixel, 8MP Sensor

PR Newswire: OmniVision announces 8MP 1.4um pixel OV8825 sensor, the first one to use OmniBSI+ technology. OmniBSI+ represents the second-generation of the original OmniBSI technology, said to offer a 60% increase in full-well capacity, a 10% increase in QE and a 10% improvement in low-light sensitivity. This makes the OV8825 an attractive option for smartphone and tablet manufacturers to upgrade their camera from the 1st generation 8MP BSI sensor, the OV8820.

"Industry reports expect tablets to reach 250 million units globally by 2014, with a large portion of those using 8-megapixel cameras. Similarly, industry reports project that smartphones equipped with 8-megapixel cameras will see tremendous growth, with estimates ranging up to more than 500 million units in 2014," said Vinoo Margasahayam, senior product marketing manager at OmniVision, quoting June 2011 TSR report. "Given the low cost and overall performance improvements enabled by our new OmniBSI+ pixel architecture, we feel that the OV8825 is an excellent solution for manufacturers in these booming markets."

The 1/3.2-inch, 8MP OV8825 operates at 24fps in full resolution, and in 1080p video mode at 30 or in 720p mode at 60fps. A high-speed, 4-lane MIPI interface facilitates the required high data transfer rate. The OV8825's integrated scaler offers electronic image stabilization, and enables the sensor to maintain full FOV with improved SNR in 1080p video mode at 30fps. The sensor's 2 x 2 binning functionality with a post-binning re-sampling filter function minimizes spatial artifacts and removes image artifacts around edges.

The OV8825 fits into the industry standard module size of 8.5 x 8.5 mm. It is now available for sampling and is expected to enter mass production in the second quarter of 2012.

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