OmniVision launches its first image sensor with 100% phase detection coverage for superior autofocus in flagship and high-end smartphones

SANTA CLARA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–OmniVision Technologies, Inc., a leading developer of advanced solutions digital imaging solutionsannounced today ahead of Mobile World Congress Shanghai the OV50A image sensorcombining 50MP resolution, 1.0 micron pixel size, selective conversion gain and 1/1.5″ optical format with quad phase detection (QPD) autofocus technology and remosaic on chip.QPD enables 2×2 phase-detection autofocus (PDAF) across the entire sensor image array, for 100% coverage.Unlike micro-lens and half-shield PDAF technologies, which do not capture only 3-6% of phase detection data, QPD uniquely captures 100% of that data for improved distance calculation, faster autofocus, and better low-light performance. on-chip for the QPD color filter array, the result is superior image quality for the main wide and ultra-wide cameras of flagship and high-end smartphones.

“One of the biggest selling points of mobile phones is camera performance, and they have steadily closed the gap with DSLR cameras for years,” said Arun Jayaseelan, Head of Marketing at OmniVision. . “Our QPD autofocus technology now closes that gap, bringing DSLR-level autofocus performance to smartphone cameras.”

The OV50A image sensor also delivers best-in-class low-light performance, thanks to the unique combination of a large 1.0-micron pixel size, low-noise conversion gain mode, and high gain of selective conversion and its distinction as OmniVision’s first high-end mobile sensor. be offered in the large 1/1.5″ optical format. In addition, this sensor offers excellent HDR thanks to a staggered HDR synchronization at 2 and 3 exposures, as well as a selective conversion gain for an optimal balance between low-light image quality and HDR. These features give mobile designers maximum flexibility to select the best HDR method for contrasting light and dark areas in any scene.

Built on OmniVision PureCel® Plus-S Stacked-chip technology, the OV50A incorporates an on-chip QPD color filter array and hardware remosaic, which delivers dramatically improved autofocus performance as well as high-quality 50MP Bayer output or 8K video, in real time. real. This sensor can also use near-pixel binning to produce a 12.5MP image for 4K2K video with four times the sensitivity, producing performance equivalent to 2.0 microns for preview and video. Either way, the OV50A can consistently capture the highest quality images, while enabling 2x digital cropping zoom with 12.5MP resolution and a quick mode switch.

Output formats include 50MP or 8K video, with QPD autofocus at 30 frames per second (fps), 12.5MP with QPD autofocus at 60fps, 4K2K video with QPD autofocus at 90fps, 1080p at 240fps and 720p at 480fps. All of these options can be output at up to 3.5 Gsps per trio, via the sensor’s CPHY MIPI interface.

OV50A samples are expected in the second quarter of 2021. Contact your OmniVision sales representative for more information: www.ovt.com/contact-sales.

About OmniVision

OmniVision Technologies, Inc. is a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions. Its award-winning CMOS imaging technology enables superior image quality in many of today’s consumer and commercial applications, including mobile phones; security and surveillance; automobile; tablets, laptops, webcams and entertainment devices; medical; and AR, VR, drones and robotic imaging systems. Learn more about www.ovt.com.

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Michael C. Garrison