OmniVision shrinks image sensor pixel to 1-micron
The OV16880 captures 4672 by 3504 resolution images at 30 frames per second (FPS), thus allowing burst photography and zero shutter lag at full resolution. Additionally, the sensor is capable of capturing 4K video at 30 FPS, 1080p video at 90 FPS, and 720p video at 120 FPS. The OV16880 supports interlaced high dynamic range (iHDR) timing functionality to further ensure high quality image and video capture under varying lighting conditions.
The OV16880 fits into a 8.5mm by 8.5mm module with a z-height of less than 5mm. The sensor is currently available for sampling, and is expected to enter volume production in 3Q15.
"Industry observers expect the 1/3-inch image sensor market for 13-megapixel to 16-megapixel resolution segments to double within the next two years, driven mostly by the proliferation of higher resolution mainstream smartphones and tablets," said Kalai Chinnaveerappan, senior product marketing manager at OmniVision, in a statement. "The OV16880 is the industry’s first 1/3-inch 16-megapixel image sensor, putting it in the forefront of this high-growth market segment. The sensor enables slim devices to transition from a 13-megapixel to 16-megapixel camera while maintaining excellent image quality and pixel performance."
OmniVision recently reported its financial results for the third fiscal quarter of 2015 ended January 31, 2015. Revenues for the third quarter of fiscal 2015 were $292.3 million, as compared to $394.0 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2015, and $352.0 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2014. GAAP net income in the third quarter of fiscal 2015 was $14.0 million as compared to net income of $28.0 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2015, and $30.6 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2014.
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