Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Aptina Announces A-PixHS Fast BSI Sensor

Business Wire: Aptina announces the 8MP AR0833 sensor based on A-PixHS technology. The new 1/3.2-inch 1.4um pixel sensor has the speed to capture the full 8 MP at 30fps speed. The new A-PixHS technology combines BSI pixel with high speed sensor architecture. The pixel's DR is 61.2dB, responsivity is 0.7 V/lux-sec. Designed to enable AF camera modules as small as 8.5x8.5mm with z-height less than 5.9mm, the AR0833 is targeted to mobile devices, including smartphone market, which according to TSR is expected to grow 33% in 2012 and account for 65% of all cell phone shipments by 2015.

The sensor’s high speed enables 1080p/30 HD video with simultaneous still 8MP capturing and rapid context switching which also removes shutter lag when the sensor switches between a low-power preview mode and a full resolution still image. The full operating power is 400mW. Additionally, the AR0833 is HDR ready for still and video applications when coupled with an HDR processor.

The AR0833 is currently sampling and will be available in mass production in Q2 2012. Available as a stand-alone sensor for OEMs and manufacturers who have their own ISP, it is also available with Aptina’s imaging co-processor for a fully tuned, complete camera solution enabling quick integration and delivery of new designs to market.


In a separate announcement Aptina lists the technologies it's going to demo at 2012 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain from Feb. 27 – March 1, 2012:
  • 1.4um BSI and 1.1um BSI pixels
  • The latest developments in HDR, 3D depth sensing, and other future technologies
  • Advancements for full HD videoconferencing sensors

15 comments:

  1. Congratulations to Aptina for being the first to introduce a 1/3" 8MP BSI sensor capable of 1080P video at 30 fps. Quite an accomplishment!

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  2. even bigger accomplishment seems the industry leading 400mW for full res power consumption.

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  3. nearly all 8M sensors out there can do 1080p30, no?

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  4. yes for the past 2 years

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  5. First to announce this year?

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  6. It is the capture of full 8MP resolution at 30 fps that is the first here I believe. This guy seems to get it: http://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2012/02/21/coming-soon-to-a-smartphone-near-you-high-def-video-without-the-compromises

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  7. Nokia's N86 only captures VGA at 30fps. The Sanyo VPC-FH1ABK captures at 60fps but only for 1080p. The OV8820 captures 30 fps, but only for 6Mp. My data here is from a web search, so there may more information on capability that someone else has.

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  8. The "guy who gets it" lives under the rock and woke up to see Aptina announcement. nothing in that announcement is new and is 2 years behind technologically. but it is still an accomplishment for Aptina team nevertheless

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    1. This is an exciting sensor. One of the first 8M 30fps sensor announced to the market that will enable same-time 8M still image and 1080p30 (non-binned) video capture.

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    2. Yeah...just like the OV10810 announced in Jan 2011. Except it is 10MP instead of 8MP. But this sensor is based on high speed sensor architecture exclusive to Aptina. Gotta respect that!

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    3. The OV10810 is an interesting part. Since its been out for a year has it made it into any mobile phones? I noticed that its power consumption seems high (320mA).

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  9. i dont think anyone is buying the architecture, they are buying a sensor which is quite late in this case

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  10. Great job in pushing this embarassing announcement off of front page!

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  11. Hey, where is that can of Troll-Be-Gone? aka Raid? Need it quick before he hides back under his rock.

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