Tuesday, June 11, 2013

CMOSIS and TowerJazz Ramp Up 12MP/150fps APS-C GS Sensor Production

Business Wire: CMOSIS and TowerJazz announces the ramp to volume production for CMOSIS’ 12-megapixel CMV12000. The off-the-shelf CMV12000 is manufactured in TowerJazz’s Fab-2 in Migdal Haemek, Israel using its 0.18µm specialty CIS process (TS18IS) and is based on CMOSIS’ collaboration and co-development with TowerJazz’s R&D group. The CMV 12000 product features 5.5 x 5.5 µm pixel 4096 x 3072 array covering 4k resolution in an APS-C optical format. It offers high sensitivity and low noise, global shutter and a frame rate of 150 fps providing best in-class performance serving various markets such as industrial inspection, broadcasting, motion analysis and others.

According to a 2012 Yole Développement CMOS image sensors report: 530,000 machine vision cameras were sold in 2011 and sales of machine vision cameras are expected to grow to 644,000 units in 2015 at a 5% CAGR. The report also noted that while today CCD still represents the large majority of the machine vision market, CMOS cameras are expected to represent half of the sales in 2015 and to take over about 80% of the machine vision market in 2020. Today, CMOS-based cameras represent only 20% of the global market in units, but 80% of the R&D of camera manufacturers’ investments.

CMOSIS continues to expand its relationship with TowerJazz to collaborate on its next generation of CMOS image sensors. TowerJazz’s process features low dark current, low noise and high dynamic range and its skilled support the customization of pixels per customer requirements and project needs.

"We have enjoyed a very fruitful relationship with TowerJazz for several years. TowerJazz has an expert team that can customize the CIS process to our needs and create, together with us, new pixels that outperform our competitors. Our ability to offer innovative imaging products with highly reliable performance is based on our collaboration with TowerJazz and their mature process technology, extensive R&D investment and excellent customer support. By combining our companies’ expertise, we are able to offer a rich solution for various digital imaging applications," said Lou Hermans, COO, CMOSIS.


  1. way to re-hash a PR. Where did the othe 150fps go?

  2. This is almost surely driven by Black Magic Design using this sensor in its upcoming 4K Cinema camera. There are many thousands of pre-orders on this camera from BlackMagic.

  3. They promised a better camera than they can deliver. Their cameras that cost 1/2 and 1/4 what this camera costs are 2.3 and 2.6 stops better in dynamic range.


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