Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Omnivision Announces 1.25um Pixel, 13MP Sensor

PRNewswire: OmniVision announces the OV13870 PureCel Plus-S image sensor. The 1/2.6-inch 13MP, 1.25um pixel OV13870 features a 12-bit ADC to enable better low-light SNR, PDAF, and dedicated support for dual-camera functionality.

"The trend towards bigger pixels is picking up as the resolution race slows down, making the OV13870's larger 1.25-micron pixel and high-speed architecture well-suited for premium mobile applications," said Manish Shelat, senior product marketing manager at OmniVision. "The OV13870's enhanced dual camera capability can provide key functionality to device makers as they address the growing trend of dual aperture cameras in mobile imaging that enable advanced features and better image quality."

Built on OmniVision's new 1.25um PureCel Plus-S pixel architecture, the OV13870 significant improves the low-light performance and pixel crosstalk while maintaining an optical format of 1/2.6‑inch and a compact, 5.2 mm module height for slim smartphones. The OV13870 features significantly better overall pixel performance compared to previous generation 13MP image sensors.

The OV13870 can capture full-resolution 13MP still images at 45fps or record 4K2K video at 60fps, 1080p at 240fps, or 720p at 300 FPS with binning and cropping.

The OV13870 is currently available for sampling, and is expected to enter volume production in Q2 2016.

6 comments:

  1. It's sad that all the big sensor makers, apart from Sony aren't doing much to challenge Sony's dominance over the sensor market.
    OmniVision is not making anything seriously radical. No sensor larger than 1/2.3", no sensor noticeably higher than 20MP, no sensor in the low light department, no sensor that does higher frame-rates than Sony, and no smartphone sensor that will challenge the point and shoot market.
    I see hope from Samsung, but, I wished they had picked up Toshiba or OmniVision. That team could have been taught to think more radically.

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    1. No sensor in the low light department? Do you really know Omnivison products?

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  2. Is there any place/website to compare image quality captured for sensors in different lighting conditions. I'm wondering how does this sensor compared to IMX172 and IMX377?

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    1. How do you define "image quality"?

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  3. 20 e-/sec dark current, seems really high for a 1.25um pixel.

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  4. The dark current is specified at 60 deg. C. At room temperature this can be less than 1 electron/s/pixel.

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