Sunday, September 22, 2019

RED Camera Sensor Conspiracy Theories

Jinni.Tech publishes its investigation of who supplies RED camera sensors:



Thanks to ED for the pointer!

Epticore and Opnous

There is a number of ToF startups in China. Opnous has been been mentioned here a couple of months ago. Apparently, the company has licensed Brookman (Japan) ToF sensor. A recent company presentation tells more about the company technology and differentiation:


Epticore Microelectronics is another startup in China developing ToF technology. The company's presentation shows its products and plans:

Saturday, September 21, 2019

WLO for Next Generation Under-Display Fingerprint Modules

IFNews: GF Securities report on CIS industry shows the next generation under-display fingerprint module that uses WLO to reduce thickness. GF Securities forecasts the ultra-thin screen fingerprint sensors shipments of 94M units in 2020, accounting for 7% of global smartphone shipments, respectively.

Espros pToF Presentation

Espros presentation at MEMS Consulting seminar in China gives interesting info on the company's long range solution for automotive LiDARs:

Friday, September 20, 2019

ToF Sensors in Mobile Devices

TheElec reports that Sony ToF sensors inside LG Innotek modules will be used in Apple 2020 models of iPad and iPhone. Samsung Galaxy S10 5G and Galaxy Note 10+ use Sony ToF sensors too.

LG G8 ThinQ smartphones use ToF sensor from PMD-Infineon combined with ams VCSEL:

Autosens Brussels Awards

Autosens Brussels announces its awards in several categories, some of them image sensing-related:

Most Exciting Start-up – sponsored by Sony Semiconductor Solutions
  • Winner: TriEye
  • Silver: Outsight
  • Silver: WaveSense
Best in Class Perception System – sponsored by Varroc Lighting Systems
  • Winner: OmniVision Technologies – OAX4010 ISP ASIC
  • Silver: General Motors – Transparent Trailer for 2020 GMC Sierra and Silverado HD
  • Silver: Innoviz – InnovizOne LiDAR
Most Innovative In-Cabin Application
  • Winner: Daimler – MBUX Interior Assistant
  • Silver: Eyeris – In-vehicle Scene Understanding AI
  • Silver: Seeing Machines – FOVIO Driver Monitoring Technology

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Interview with Eric Fossum

Art19 publishes an hour-long interview with Eric Fossum:

OmniVision's Automotive SoC Claimed to Have Industry's Best Low-Light Performance, Lowest Power, and Smallest Size

PRNewswire: OmniVision announces 1.3MP OX01F10 SoC, an 1/4" 3.0um pixel image sensor with ISP for automotive rear view camera (RVC) and surround view system (SVS).

"Analysts predict that SVS and RVC will continue to hold the majority share in the automotive camera market, with over 50% of the total market volume through 2023. SVS, in particular, is expected to double its growth between now and 2023 due to increased customer adoption," said Andy Hanvey, director of automotive marketing at OmniVision. "Our OX01F10 SoC provides the best option for automotive designers responding to this growing consumer demand for better RVCs, along with the expansion of SVS into the mainstream market. Additionally, this SOC's functional safety features allow module providers to create a single platform for both the viewing cameras and the machine vision applications that require ASIL B."

OmniVision's dual conversion gain (DCG) technology is employed in this SoC to achieve a high dynamic range of 120dB with only two captures, as opposed to three required by the competition, which minimizes motion artifacts while reducing power consumption and boosting low-light performance. The OX01F10 features less than 300mW typical power consumption, which is said to be 30% lower than competitors.

Its integrated ISP features:
  • Lens chromatic aberration correction
  • Advanced noise reduction and local tone mapping
  • Optimizations for the on-chip image sensor's PureCel Plus technology

PureCel Plus technology provides what is said to be an industry best SNR1 of 0.19 lux. This results in the OX01F10 performing better than the competition across challenging lighting conditions. The OX01F10 SoC is AEC-Q100 Grade 2 certified and samples are available now.