Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Omnivision Announces 1.1um OmniBSI-2 12.7MP Sensor, VGA CameraCube

PR Newswire: OmniVision announces the OV12830, a 12.7MP sensor for high-end smartphones and tablets. The 1/3.2-inch OV12830 utilizes 1.1um pixel OmniBSI-2 architecture to capture 1080p/60fps HD video, and full resolution 12MP high-speed photography at 24fps to dramatically reduce shutter lag. The chief ray angle is 30.3deg. non-linear.

"We are bringing this sensor to market at a time when next-generation smartphone and tablet cameras are moving beyond the 8-megapixel threshold," said Devang Patel, senior product marketing manager at OmniVision. "The OV12830 marks OmniVision's highest resolution 1/3.2-inch optical format offering for mobile devices to date, and fits into the industry-standard module size of 8.5 x 8.5 mm."

An on-chip RAW scaler allows the sensor to record video at 30fps while maintaining full field of view. Additionally, the OV12830 is capable of capturing full 1080p/60fps HD video with additional pixels for EIS. The sensor provides alternate row output from full-resolution at two different exposures, enabling HDR still or video recording. The OV12830 comes in die format with 4-lane MIPI interface.

It is currently available for sampling, and is expected to enter volume production in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Another Omnivision's announcement is 1/9-inch VGA CameraCube, the OVM7675, having a
size of 2.9 x 2.9 x 2.3 mm. The CameraCubeChip is built on 2.5um OmniPixel3-HS technology, which delivers sensitivity of 1800 mV/lux-sec. The OVM7675 is currently sampling and is expected to enter volume production in Q4 2012.


  1. What is the speed of the ADC? I think that OV is the only company who doesn't work with column parallel ADC.

    1. Aptina also does not use column parallel ADC.

    2. I am pretty sure Aptina uses column parallel ADC in some products, esp. high speed devices.

  2. Where does it say they're not using column ADCs?

  3. Is it possible to cancel vertical FPN with chip level ADC?

  4. I think the point is that pretty much any sensor that generates more than 50Mp/s needs multiple ADCs. Fast ADCs are large and power hungry. Column ADCs are more speed and size efficient. Whether the marketing material says "column ADC" is something else entirely.


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