Image Sensor is Flagship 720p Surveillance Camera SoC for OmniVision

The new system-on-a-chip (SOC) sensor combines 720p high-definition (HD) video with what the company says is unparalleled low-light sensitivity and color high dynamic range (HDR) in a 1/2.7 inch optical format.

By Cliff Roth

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Video/Imaging DesignWire
(5/26/2010 3:20:35 PM)

OmniVision Technologies announced last month that they’ve introduced a new flagship image sensor for its security products portfolio — the OV10630. The new system-on-a-chip (SOC) sensor combines 720p high-definition (HD) video with what the company says is unparalleled low-light sensitivity and color high dynamic range (HDR) in a 1/2.7 inch optical format. Using OmniVision’s proprietary new HDR processing technology, the new security sensor delivers 110dB dynamic range in black-and-white and 100dB + in color, providing clear, fully-processed YUV color HDR video output. By integrating a full image processing pipeline, the OV10630 accelerates time-to-market and reduces the system bill-of-materials.

The OV10630 design is based on a 4.2-micron OmniPixel3-HS(TM) pixel, enabling 720p HD at unparalleled low-light sensitivity. OmniVision says it captures detail-rich, HD-quality color video in any environment, including low-light scenes or high-contrast lighting conditions. Providing cost-effective, quality color imaging with greater detail is critical in today’s security-centric world, making the OV10630 a very attractive solution for mainstream IP cameras and HD closed circuit television (HDcctv) systems.

“OmniVision’s OV10630 brings a higher standard of quality to security imaging. It combines advanced pixel technology with proprietary new HDR image processing algorithms to enable a complete professional quality surveillance camera on a single chip,” said Roy Karunakaran, senior product marketing manager for security products at OmniVision. “Not many sensors on the market today can deliver color HDR images in HD format at the quality and cost of the OV10630. It provides a unique opportunity for our customers to develop high-end camera solutions for the commercial and consumer IP and HDcctv camera markets.”

The OV10630 has an active array of 1280 x 800 pixels, providing 720p HD video at 30 frames per second. It supports a digital video parallel port, and provides full-framed or windowed 10-bit or 8-bit YUV and 18-bit RAW RGB output format with complete user control over formatting and output data transfer. It also offers all required automatic image control functions, including automatic exposure control, automatic white balance, automatic black level calibration, as well as defective pixel correction, gamma correction and lens shading correction. Camera functions are programmable through the serial camera control bus interface.

The OV10630 is now sampling, and is scheduled to enter mass production by the fourth quarter of 2010, the company says.



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