Sunnyvale, Calif. OmniVision Technologies, Inc. has launched its sixth generation 1.3 megapixel CameraChip sensor that features a 2-micron pixel and 1/5-inch optical format. The OV9660 enables a 25 percent thinner camera module, making it a good fit for ultra-slim handset designs. The smaller module size also allows for a drop-in upgrade from VGA to 1.3 megapixels, which is expected to extend the life of existing VGA camera phone designs.
Based on OmniVision's proprietary OmniPixel2 technology platform, the OV9660 offers a one-fifth inch optical format and a 6 x 6 x 4.0 mm module size, which is currently the smallest available for 1.3 megapixel cameras and identical to most VGA camera modules, according to the company. (Micron also announced this week a 1/5-inch optical format, 1.3-megapixel image sensor for camera phones.)
The OV9660 is a low-voltage CMOS sensor with the full functionality of a single-chip SXGA (1280 x 1024) camera and image processor. OmniPixel2's unique pixel architecture significantly increases signal-to-noise ratio enabling the device to perform exceptionally well in low-light conditions, said the company.
The OV9660 provides full-frame, sub-sampled, scaled or windowed 8-bit/10-bit images in a wide range of formats controlled through a serial camera control bus (SCCB) interface. All required image processing functions including exposure control, gamma, white balance, color saturation, hue control, white pixel canceling and noise canceling are programmable through the SCCB interface. Click the link for more product information about the OV9660.
The OV9660 is offered in CSP and COB packages and is currently available for sampling.
OmniVision Technologies, 1-408-542-3000, www.ovt.com