Business Wire: Aptina launches two fast 8MP sensors for mobile devices and sports cameras. The AR0835 targets the mobile device market, while the AR0835HS is aimed to sports camera market for very fast cameras with still and video capabilities.
The new high-speed sensors enable the full-width 16:9 6MP video window to be readout at 60 fps without pixel binning or cropping the field-of-view. This 6MP data stream oversamples the target image by 3x resulting in video that is said to be as sharp as that of the high-end multi-sensor video cameras used in television studios. In addition, camera designers can take advantage of this speed to enable the capture of 6MP still images without interrupting the video stream and with zero shutter lag.
"Aptina’s advanced A-PixHS technology takes the 1.4-micron BSI pixel to the next level with a high speed architecture that provides uncompromised image quality and very fast frame rate video," said Roger Panicacci, VP of Product Development at Aptina.
The sensors’ other features include HDR capabilities in still and video modes; on-chip binning to provide 720p120; an optional on-chip scaler to reduce data transmission rates to enable operation with a wide range of image coprocessors, and slow-motion playback. Unique to the AR0835 mobile sensor is pin-to-pin compatibility along with a shared lens and lens placement to accommodate standard modules with Aptina’s 8MP AR0833. The video camera AR0835HS sensor uses a proprietary extremely fast (up to 32-lanes) HiSPi data interface while the AR0835 uses a 4-lane MIPI interface.
The AR0835 is in mass production now, available in both die form as a stand-alone sensor, and with Aptina’s mobile ISP for a fully tuned, complete camera solution. The AR0835HS is currently sampling in a new 10mm x 10mm CLCC package and will be available in mass production in Q1 2013.