PR Newswire: OmniVision announces a 10.5MP/30fps camera solution with a new RGB Clear (RGBC) color filter for improved low-light performance. The camera solution is composed of a native 16:9 OV10820 sensor that offers 4K2K/30fps and 1080p60 HD video, and a new OV660 companion chip that converts the RGBC data into standard RGB Bayer data. The combination targets next-generation smartphones and tablets.
"The inherent tradeoff between smaller pixels and improved sensitivity or image quality continues to drive innovation. The OV10820 delivers the best of both worlds: 10.5-megapixel high resolution imaging with unparalleled low-light sensitivity from RGBC in a compact footprint," said Devang Patel, senior product marketing manager at OmniVision. "The sensor offers 4K2K and fast frame rate FHD video in a native 16:9 aspect ratio, addressing the need to capture video for increasingly popular widescreen mobile displays and next-generation TVs with extremely high resolutions. Furthermore, the OV660 companion chip converts the RGBC data into RGB Bayer format, allowing manufacturers to integrate the camera solution with standard ISPs."
The 1/2.6-inch OV10820 utilizes a 1.4um OmniBSI-2 pixel with a RGBC color filter pattern. It records full-resolution 10.5MP video at 30fps at 296mW power, and supports 4K2K (3840 x 2160 pixels) at 30fps and 1080p60 video while maintaining full FOV with binning for 10b RAW output. The OV10820 fits in a camera module form factor of 9.5 x 9.5 x 6.4 mm, including AF.
The OV660 converts OmniVision's RGBC RAW data into standard RGB Bayer RAW data. The OV660 supports a primary RGBC camera sensor of up to 20MP in resolution and a secondary RGBC front-facing camera sensor. The OV660 eliminates the need for manufacturers and backend processors to modify their existing standard Bayer imaging pipeline and algorithms. The OV660 is available in a 4 x 4 mm WLCSP package.
The OV10820 features a high-speed 4-lane MIPI output interface to support the required high data transfer rate. The OV660 features two MIPI input ports and one MIPI output port. Both devices are currently shipping in volume production.
Update: Phonearena, Engadget, and other sites speculate that the new Omnivision sensor is inside Motorola X smartphone.
Phonearena has published many comparison pictures of the same subject shot by Motorola X, iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S4, and Nokia Lumia 1020.