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OmniVision rolls VGA camera chip sensor for ultrathin apps

Posted: 20 Feb 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:3G  image sensor  CMOS  OmniVision  camera 

OmniVision Technologies Inc. has unveiled the OV7680, a 1/10 inch VGA CameraChip sensor. The new CMOS image sensor brings to the market a cost-efficient, ultrathin camera module solution designed for entry-level camera phones, secondary cameras for 3G handsets and integrated notebook cameras.

Slim applications
The non-linear micro lens shift technology featured in the OV7680 permits a reduction in the distance between the sensor and the lens, reducing the height of the camera module to 3mm without compromising image quality or camera performance. Minimising the module height is a critical characteristic for slim camera phones and for notebook computers where the module can be no thicker than the LCD housing.

"With the introduction of our OV7680, we are bringing the concept of thin to the entry-level handset market," said Jess Lee, VP of mainstream products at OmniVision. "The OV7680 allows for the addition of a camera in virtually every cellular phone."

The OV7680 can operate at 30fps in VGA resolution with full user control over image quality, formatting and output data transfer. This makes the device equally well suited for use as a secondary camera in 3G phones as well as notebook cameras, as both are predominantly used for video conference applications.

OmniPixel2 tech
The OV7680 uses a 2.2µm pixel size built on OmniPixel2 technology for maximum sensitivity and excellent low-light performance. The device promises low noise, low cost, low power consumption and a wide dynamic range, and enables a module size of 4.5-by-4.5-by-3mm allowing for a single element plastic lens design.

The OV7680 comes in a CSP2 package and is currently available for sampling.

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