Wednesday, September 05, 2018

e2v Starts Mass Production of Emerald 12MP and 16MP Sensors

Teledyne e2v announces that its Emerald 12MP and 16MP CMOS sensors for optical inspection and factory automation have now gone into mass production and are available for high volume purchase.

These two sensors are members of Teledyne e2v’s Emerald family and feature a small 2.8μm low-noise global shutter pixel, which is produced using a 110nm wafer manufacturing process from TowerJazz in its Arai, Japan fab. The sensors special features include HDR modes with up to 120dB DR and also a unique ROI mode which allows multiple images to be captured, under different exposure conditions, in a single high resolution shot.

Rafael Romay, VP of Professional Imaging at Teledyne e2v, said “We are delighted that Emerald 12M and 16M, the original members of our Emerald sensor family, are entering mass production. We’ve recently expanded this successful family, with the addition of Emerald 67M, which provides customers with high speed and high resolution.

Dr. Avi Strum, TowerJazz SVP and GM of CMOS Image Sensor Business Unit said, “Working together for over a decade, Teledyne e2v and TowerJazz have leveraged our combined expertise to bring to market top notch industrial sensors. The Emerald family is the newest, most advanced one based on our global shutter offering in 110nm with a state of the art small pixel of 2.8um. We look forward to further collaboration with Teledyne e2v to serve the growing machine vision market.


  1. wow - 2 years after product presentation. I hope this does not mean that the 2018/2.5u generation that is also announced (Gpixel and e2v) will ship from 2020 onwards. Is this long delay more an e2v 'problem' or does it come more from the foundry side?

  2. I'm going to guess that it's due to the foundry. 110nm with 2.8um GS pixel... yeah. :S

  3. you need to come to the market with the right product at the right time...
    That's what they did. And to avoid too many sensor versions on site !

  4. [1] Single-side readout architecture complicates optical center offset mitigation/control.

    [2] From the datasheet, 16x sub-LVDS @800Mbps/lane should support a frame rate of about 60fps, yet only 30fps (12-bit mode) is advertised. Probably points to an ADC speed limitation or image quality degradation at higher frame rates. Still, sub-LVDS IO BW 2x over-dimensioned.

    [3] From the datasheet, DR is limited to 67dB at high frame rate.

    [4] From the datasheet, it's clear the 16M won't fit a 29mm x 29mm camera format.


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