13-megapixel sensor offers low power

13-megapixel sensor offers low power

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The OV13850 is part of Omnivision’s PureCel line of sensors and has improved low- and high-light performance as well as best-in-class power efficiency, the company said. PureCel image sensors by OmniVision use proprietary packaging and pixel technology to improve light sensitivity and photon conversion while reducing power consumption compared to previous-generation image sensors, according to Omnivision.

The OV13850 operates from a 2.8-V voltage supply – 1.2-V in the core of the chip – and consumes 223-mW when active, 300-microwatts in standby and reduces to 1-microwatt in shutdown mode.

The component measures 1-inch by 3.06 inches and has an active array of 4224 by 3136 pixels (13.2-megapixels). It operates at 30 frames per second (FPS) for video and still images. Additionally, the sensor supports 4K2K ultra-high definition video at 30 FPS with full- horizontal field of view (FOV) and electronic image stabilization (EIS). The output is four lines of MIPI serial interface with 10-bit RGB RAW data.

The sensor fits into an industry-standard 8.5mm by 8.5mm by 5mm module, is sampling and is expected to enter volume production in the fourth quarter of 2013.

"Industry analysts predict 13-megapixel to be the fastest growing resolution within primary cameras for mobile devices in 2014, with the potential to reach sales of more than 330 million units in 2014," said Harish Iyer, product marketing manager at OmniVision, in a statement.

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