CMOS image sensor

At the opening day of Photokina in Cologne, Germany, OmniVision Technologies introduced the world’s first 5 megapixel CMOS image sensor.

At the opening day of Photokina in Cologne, Germany, OmniVision Technologies introduced the world’s first 5 megapixel CMOS image sensor – the OV5610.

The OV5610’s new architecture is based on OmniVision’s recently launched OmniPixel technology. The sensor’s 2.775-micron pixels allowed the company to design the device with an optical format (footprint) of just 1/1.8 inches, making the OV5610 small enough to meet the increasing demand for smaller, low-cost cameras.

The new device incorporates a 2592 x 1944 image array and an on-chip 10-bit A/D converter capable of operating at up to 4 fps in full resolution (QSXGA).

OmniVision’s sensor technology uses advanced algorithms to cancel fixed pattern noise (FPN), eliminate smearing, and drastically reduce blooming as well as dark current.

The OV5610 is currently in engineering samples with key customers.

Production volumes are expected to be available in November 2004, with the first 5-megapixel cameras expected in stores as early as December.

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