Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Omnivision Announces its Second 1.4um OmniBSI-2 Product

PR Newswire: Omnivision introduces the OV5690, the 1/4-inch 5MP sensor based on 1.4um OmniBSI-2 pixel. This the the second OmniBSI-2 sensor, while the first one was announced in February. The new sensor is targeted to slimmer tablets and smart phones.

The OV5690 delivers 1080p HD video at 30fps, has an integrated scaler, and 2 x 2 binning functionality with re-sampling filter. The scaler enables electronic image stabilization, while maintaining full field of view in 720p and 1080p HD video modes, and allows for HD video with digital video zoom functionality. The OV5690's post-binning re-sampling filter minimizes spatial artifacts and removes image artifacts around edges, producing clean, crisp color images for 720p/60 HD video in binning mode.

The sensor features a standard 2-lane (1 Gbps/lane) MIPI/LVDS interface, and fits into the industry standard 8.5 x 8.5 mm module size with a z-height below 5 mm, or approximately 20% lower than 1/3.2-inch 5MP image sensors.

The OV5690 is being sampled by key customers and mass production is expected to begin in the second half of 2011.

"With industry sources placing 5-megapixel CMOS image sensors at more than 15 percent of the overall sensor market today, we view 5-megapixel sensors as occupying as a sweet spot in the market," said Per Rosdahl, product marketing manager at OmniVision. "Some industry analysts believe that market share may exceed 30 percent by 2014 driven by the demand for higher performance resolution and increasingly slim mobile handsets, smart phone and tablet designs" (Source: TSR "CCD/CMOS Area Image Sensor Market Analysis" Dec, 2010).

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