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Camera solution brings vision to consumer devices

Posted: 29 Sep 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:OVM6211  CameraCubeChip  wearables 

OmniVision Technologies Inc. unveiled a complete global shutter camera solution in the industry's smallest form factor, the OVM6211 CameraCubeChip.

The OVM6211 is a key enabler for a number of advanced features in today's consumer devices, including key machine and computer vision capabilities such as gesture recognition, eye tracking and motion detection. Its superior functionality, easy adoption and compact form-factor make it an ideal camera solution for advanced consumer devices with stringent space and design constraints, such as smartphones, tablets, notebooks and wearables.


OVM6211 brings computer vision to consumer applications. (Source: OmniVision Technologies Inc.)

"The value that the OVM6211 brings to consumer electronics extends far beyond the machine and computer vision functionalities that it enables," said Aaron Chiang, director of CameraCubeChip marketing at OmniVision. "As a monolithic camera solution with x and y dimensions that are each less than 3.5mm, the OVM6211 can easily be built into narrow-bezel devices. In addition, the CameraCubeChip allows for the use of standard surface-mount assembly processes, which can reduce both production cost and time-to-market for manufacturers."

Built on OmniVision's 3µ OmniPixel3-GS global shutter pixel, the OVM6211 is capable of capturing full resolution (400px x 400px) video at 120fps, enabling smear-free black and white image capture in both landscape and portrait mode. The OVM6211 also features an ultra-low power mode, which allows it to be used in an "always aware" mode with minimum power consumption.

The OVM6211 CameraCubeChip will be available in two packages. The OVM6211-RADA, intended for human interface systems such as eye tracking, will have a narrow field of view (FOV) at approximately 50 degrees. The OVM6211-RAHA, intended for applications including gesture recognition and wearable devices, will have a FOV wider than 90 degrees. The OVM6211 is currently sampling and is expected to enter volume production during the fourth quarter of 2014.

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