An affordable CMOS image sensor offering advanced features for depth sensing and LiDAR applications with integrated eTOF™ technology and event detection capabilities

NESS ZIONE, Israel, February 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Newsight Imaging – a leading semiconductor innovator developing machine vision sensors, spectral vision chips and systems – today announced the upcoming release of the single-chip (non-stacked) CMOS image sensor solution ) NSI9000 for depth imaging. The new chip is equipped with 491,520 pixels deep 5×5 microns (1024×480) (almost 5 times more than its nearest competitor), global shutter (with up to 132 fps at full resolution) and an estimated depth accuracy of less than 1% of the distance. The sensor is designed for an optimal distance of 0-200 meters. New chip brings new capabilities at a competitive price to growing markets important for LiDAR systems, automotive ADAS, Metaverse AR/VR applications, Industry 4.0 and smart city/IOT, including 3D vision systems smart traffic.

The sensor is the result of five years of collaborative innovation between Newsight and its partners such as Fraunhofer and Tower-Jazz. The product offers unique features, including:

  • Newsight’s patented Enhanced Time-Of-Flight (eTOF) technology which is well demonstrated on the currently available NSI1000 sensor chip. This technology allows maximum flexibility by using multiple sets of configurations, pixel accumulation, and a new depth calculation method that does not require heavy calculations and expensive MCUs.
  • Unique event-aware circuit, which was developed as part of Israel’s Intelligent Imaging Consortium (https://www.smartimagingiia.com/). The solution enables event-driven imaging, while a unique circuit attached to each pixel allows only lines with pixels that have changed from a previous image to be broadcast. This feature is specially designed for cameras compatible with smart cities and smart traffic solutions.
  • Multi-triangulation: a unique solution for Industry 4.0 applications and ultra-precise 480-point depth measuring devices, down to the micron for precise 3D inspection of production railway objects.
  • Built-in fusion, allowing the sensor to extract a full-resolution B/W image with a depth image from the same image data, and making image and depth fusion trivial for system developers.
  • Chip design using a standard CMOS image sensor process, with only two system power source requirements (1.8V, 3.3V), making it a low-power, easy-to-integrate, and affordable solution for mass markets.

Newsight NSI9000

Competitor

Sample price

1,800 yen

15,000 yen

Global shutter pixel size

5 x 5 global shutter

10.08 x 10.08 Global shutter

Array resolution

491,000 pixels

100,000 pixels

Technology

Non-stacked one-chip CIS

Stacked

Frame rate

130 fps

Dozens of fps

System Complexity / Power Supply

3.3V analog

1.8V Digital

-20.5 V, 3.3 V (analog), 1.1 V (digital), 1.8 V (interface)

Maximum distance

200 meters

300 meters

Precision

Better than 1%

3%

Event circuit

Full

Any

Multi-triangulation depth points

480

Any

Built-in depth and B/W image fusion

Yes

No

Closed imaging function (“see beyond the fog”)

Yes

No

Chipset footprint

12.7mm x 12.7mm

15.65mm x 15.35mm

Eyal Yatskan, Newsight CTO and Co-Founder, said, “Newsight has implemented significant, proven and innovative ideas into this sensor and accelerated the solution’s capabilities to meet the high-end requirements of our customers’ target applications. . Newsight believes that such advanced solutions can be offered at affordable prices to create high-volume depth imaging products with the best return on investment.”

Newsight will offer a complete demonstration system using its eTOF Lidar reference design from August 2022.

About Newsight Imaging

Newsight Imaging (www.nstimg.com) develops advanced CMOS image sensor chips for 3D machine vision and spectral analysis. Newsight’s depth camera sensors for machine vision serve verticals such as Mobile & Metaverse, Robotics, Industry 4.0, Automotive Security, and more. The company recently launched its first-of-its-kind solid-state LiDAR reference design, the eTOF™ LiDAR, based on the NSI1000 sensor. Additionally, Newsight has developed a spectrum chip supported by AI technology, demonstrated in the SpectraLIT™. The SpectraLIT™ offers a unique and affordable solution for remote healthcare, real-time diagnostics, and quality inspection solutions for water, food, and beverage, and more. The company has US and European patents and has received several grants from the Israel Innovation Authority.

Newsight becomes a global market leader in sensing solutions for machine vision and spectral analysis applications. The company draws on its years of experience in chip design to create the most advanced 3D and spectral sensors on the market at competitive prices.

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