Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Himax Announces UltraSenseIR Sensor

GlobeNewsWire: In line with its new focus on computer vision applications, Himax announces the UltraSenseIR HM1062 HD sensor delivering 44% NIR QE for a wide range of eye-safe, computer vision applications for compact devices such as front facing cameras for smartphones, notebooks, wearable devices, drones and other embedded devices. The company does not specify the wavelength at which the high QE has been measured.

Excellent NIR sensitivity with low noise performance is critical for high quality image data acquisition and allows computer vision systems to process and analyze the image data more effectively, and even capture data that would have been undetectable with a lower sensitivity sensor,” said Amit Mittra, CTO of Himax Imaging. “In an active light system, laser diodes are commonly used to project patterns that are superimposed on to the scene and decoded by the computer vision algorithms. The Himax UltraSenseIR™ NIR sensitivity allows for the reduction of the laser output power which can substantially improve the eye safety of the device.

Our growing UltraSenseIR™ product line has received positive feedback from our partners due to advancements in system performance and also opportunities to reduce system cost, power and mechanical dimensions,” said Jordan Wu, CEO of Himax Technologies. “As many industries and applications place more sensing elements and intelligence into smaller devices, the HM1062 compact 1/6.5-inch optical format, small package size and low external component requirement is ideal for a wide variety of embedded computer vision devices on the applications of handsets, tablets, laptops, other consumer electronics, automobiles, surveillance and Internet of Things.

The HM1062 operates up to 60 fps in 720p HD resolution, and up to 120 fps in binning or sub-sampling mode over MIPI CSI2. The HM1062 is currently sampling and scheduled for mass production by the second quarter of 2017.


  1. No pixel size, no wavelength conditions, no noise and no MTF given,
    => without the above info, all manufacturers can propose 44% QE...

    1. As for the pixel size, they have 720p resolution and 1/6.5-inch optical format - means that their pixels are 3um or so.

    2. The pixel size of 1/6.5" 720P sensor is 1.75um. This spec. is typical for laptop embedded camera.

  2. HM1061 has 1.75um pixels. Looks like the same sensor with thicker epitaxial layer.

  3. I don't see how their 44% QE can be anything higher than 850nm, the epi thickness would be too large, as it is the crosstalk must be bad.


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