Sunnyvale, Calif. OmniVision Technologies, Inc. said it has launched the industry's first 1/4-inch, 2-megapixel CameraChip with fully integrated autofocus (AF) control on a single chip for mobile handsets. With a 10 x 10-mm footprint, the AF camera modules are about 30 percent smaller than competitive solutions.
Introduced at 3GSM World Congress this week, the OV2648 CameraChip is compliant with the Standard Mobile Imaging Architecture (SMIA), an open industry standard. The primary requirement is to be able to connect any SMIA-compliant sensor to any SMIA-compliant host system with matching capabilities and get a working system with acceptable performance, said the company.
Thanks to OmniVision's advanced system-on-chip technology, the company was able to integrate all AF functions on-chip. The AF control functions work with an integrated microcontroller that can directly control any kind of autofocus motors through its GPIO pads or serial bus, said the company.
This is in comparison to SMIA-compliant modules that are traditionally targeted to a fixed focus lens design with no moving mechanical parts. SMIA does not preclude the inclusion of variable focus lens configurations, such as macro or auto focus, within the outline dimensions, according to the company.
The OV2648 includes all the features enabled by the OmniPixel2 architecture, which is said to provide high sensitivity, superior low-light performance and a very advanced image signal processor block (OmniQSP) that provides high-grade picture processing and features typically only found in digital still cameras. A datasheet is not available at this time.
The OV2648 is currently available for select customer sampling. Pricing is approximately $10 in sample quantities.
OmniVision Technologies, 1-408-542-3000, www.ovt.com