Himax Imaging has updated its website and added the News category. The first announcement talks about 1/4-inch 5MP HM5065 SoC. The new sensor delivers 15fps at full resolution through its MIPI interface. This is the first Himax product featuring 1.4um pixel. No official word is said about the pixel type, but Chinese-language Camera Module Forum mentions it as BSI.
The pixel sensitivity at 530nm is 520 mV/Lux-sec, SNRmax is 35.6dB, CRA is 25.8deg non-linear. The active power is 255mW.
The company says it has already secured design wins from top tier customers for the HM5065. The HM5065 is currently available for sampling, and will enter mass production at the end of Q3 2012.
It appears that Novatek, the chief Himax competitor in display drivers, also manufactures and sells image sensors on Chinese market. The Camera Module Forum lists its 1/4-inch 1MP NT99140, 1/5-inch 2MP NT99250 and NT99251 and 1/4-inch 3MP NT99340 sensors. No information is publicly available on Novatek sensors.