Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Omnivision Launches 1MP Sensor for Automotive Market

Yahoo: Omnivision's OV9710 is claimed to be the first megapixel CMOS image sensor designed specifically for automotive vision and sensing systems. Megapixel sensors are the next wave in automotive vision systems, enabling the adoption of advanced forward-looking and extreme-wide angle applications. Initial interest in the OV9710 is said to be strong, and it is currently sampling with multiple automotive customers.

The OV9710 is a 1/4-inch sensor providing full-frame, sub-sampled or windowed 8-bit/10-bit images in raw RGB format via the digital video port. The sensor delivers full-frame video at 30 fps and VGA resolution at 60 fps. The OV9710 incorporates image processing functions, including: exposure control, gain control, white balance, lens correction and defective pixel correction.

The OV9710 is suitable for wide angle vision systems, such as bird's eye view applications and for advanced parking assistance systems. "Megapixel resolution is critical for extreme wide angle (greater than 160 degrees) applications, such as 360 degree view multi-camera systems, where distortion correction and image stitching is required," said Inayat Khajasha, Senior Automotive Product Marketing Manager at OmniVision. "VGA cameras simply cannot address electronic (on - or off-chip) distortion correction beyond 130 degree angles because they result in stretching and blurring the image, which can seriously compromise driver and passenger safety."

The OV9710 is currently available for sampling while mass production will be ready by the end of the second quarter of 2009.

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