LONDON – Omnivision Technologies Inc. has launched the OV16820 and OV16825 images sensors, which provide 16-megapixel resolution, for use in digital still and video cameras.
The sensors support something called "burst mode" photography and can capture 4K by 2K resolution video at 60 frames per second. The sensors are made using a 1.34-micron back-side illuminated manufacturing process.
The OV16820 and OV16825 were developed to support emerging standards in high-resolution video recording for the digital still and video camera markets and the high-end smartphone market, respectively.
"It was an industry-wide assumption that smartphones would cut into DSC/DVC sales; but at higher resolutions, we're seeing a very distinct divide between the two markets and both remain strong," said Devang Patel, senior product marketing manager at OmniVision (Santa Clara, Calif.), in a statement.
The 1-inch by 2.3-inch OV16820 and OV16825 image sensors are capable of operating in full resolution 4608 by 3456 video at 30 frames per second and 1080p HD video at 60 FPS with extra pixels for electronic image stabilization.
Image processing functions, including defective pixel and noise canceling, RAW scaling, image size, frame rate, exposure, gain, cropping and orientation are programmable through the serial camera control bus (SCCB) interface.
The sensors are offered with up to 8-lane MIPI and LVDS output interfaces for high data transfer rates. The OV16820 is available for sampling in a ceramic land grid array (CLGA) package while the OV16825 will be available in die form. Both are expected to enter volume production by the fourth quarter of 2012.
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