Monday, October 20, 2008

ST Announces Its First HDR Sensor

Yahoo: ST Micro announces its first automotive HDR sensor targeted for driver assistance systems. This new VL5510 sensor has a 1024x512-pixel format, suitable for wide-angle products. Its specifications include: 5.6um pixel size; sensitivity 7.14V/lux, low dark current of 33aA/pixel at 25C, and high QE at near infra-red, frame rate up to 34fps; video delivered via 12-bit parallel interface or serial interface (RAW 8/10/12 format). Anti dark sun and defect pixel correction algorithms are also integrated, together with an image histogram is embedded in the delivered image. The high dynamic response of the sensor is fully programmable: 10 knee points are available to tune pixel response.

The device is currently sampling and will be in mass production in automotive applications in early 2009. Pricing is expected to be in the range of $20 for bare-die quantities of 10,000 pieces.

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