Wednesday, October 29, 2014

e2v Launches Low Noise, High Sensitivity Onyx Sensors with 5.3um Global Shutter Pixels

e2v launches the first member of its Onyx family of low-light CMOS sensors for outdoor camera applications where illumination budgets are restricted and industrial machine vision applications where high-speed inspection is required.

The new Onyx EV76C771ABT/ACT is a 2/3-inch 1080p 2MP CMOS sensor featuring lower readout noise than e2v’s previous Sapphire and Ruby CMOS sensor families. The Onyx 5.3µm pixels have improved global shutter with Parasitic Light Sensitivity of 4000:1, a higher full well for a wider linear dynamic range, and some non-linear modes to enable image scenes well in excess of 100db to be captured. It also features an on-chip temperature sensor.

e2v also offers the ProxOnyx module, which forms a convenient demonstration platform for customers requiring only the sensor. The ProxOnyx board solution offers some unique and exclusive application features to enable active imaging in fog, smoke and other diffusing environments as well as a Digital Double Sampling (DDS) feature for less than 6e- of total readout noise in global shutter mode, and real-time WDR for imaging in the harshest of climatic conditions.

The Onyx 2MP full HD image sensor will be sampling from mid-November onwards, and full production is planned before the end of this calendar year, with further market variants planned for the near future.


  1. welcome to the war of 2M global shutter image sensors

  2. Low read out noise + high PLS = charge domain shutter. 76 dB linear dynamic is quite good

    1. Or 5T voltage domain global shutter. Have a look at sCMOS ;)

  3. My guess is that it is 5T pixel with external CDS to reach 76 dB

  4. sounds like direct competition to Sony IMX174

  5. Pourquoi ne pas proposer une version en rolling shutter 'pur' avec le même rendement quantique et le même bruit de lescture que le Ruby EV76C660 ?

    C'est désespérant !

    1. In fact the temporal noise on Onyx in Rolling shutter mode is better - less than half of the Ruby series. The fillfactor is a bit lower given the Onyx global-shutter with high PLS compared to the RS only Ruby EV76C660.
      Onyx is a product family with additional variants (NIR, etc) and options to be introduced soon..

    2. Many thanks for answer. Very good new for lower noise, I agree !
      My question was mainly about sensor QE
      Ruby EV76C660 with Rolling Shutter has a incredible 80% (and more) QE.
      Over Sony and Aptina existing products.
      Here we have a limited 67% QE, why ? Why not a EV76C770 with 80% QE, very low noise and Rolling Shutter ?

      If you can bring to market a masterpiece, why only give only bad compromise solution ?

      Something like a real super-sensor, perfect for low light conditions, especially for astronomy imaging.

  6. >>Why not a EV76C770 with 80% QE, very low noise and Rolling Shutter ?

    Why not indeed.. the vast majority of demand tends to be for the global shutter, hence the priority to release the version described, but more variants are in the pipe. Feel free to contact e2v for further info. Thanks for the info.


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