OmniVision Image Sensor Can Further Trim Mobile Devices

The OV5690 can reportedly provide a 20 percent reduction in camera module height, an effective solution for slimmer mobile handsets, smartphones and tablet computers.
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OmniVision Technologies, Inc., a developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, introduces the OV5690, which can provide a 20 percent reduction in camera module height, making it an effective solution for slimmer mobile handsets, smartphones and tablet computers, the company says.

The OV5690 is the first five-megapixel image sensor to use OmniVision's proprietary OmniBSI-2 pixel architecture, OmniVision says. The new 1.4-micron backside illumination pixel allows for a full five megapixels in a 1/4-inch optical format, and combines Based on OmniVision’s efficient second-generation OmniBSI-2 technology, the OV5690 delivers advanced features including 1080p high definition (HD) video recording at 30 frames per second, an integrated scaler, and 2 x 2 binning functionality with re-sampling filter.

The scaler enables electronic image stabilization, while maintaining full field of view in 720p and 1080p HD video modes, and allows for HD video with digital video zoom functionality. The OV5690's post-binning re-sampling filter minimizes spatial artifacts and removes image artifacts around edges, producing clean, crisp color images for 720p/60 HD video in binning mode.

The sensor features a standard 2-lane (1 Gbps/lane) MIPI/LVDS interface, and fits into the industry standard 8.5 x 8.5 mm module size with a z-height below 5 mm, or approximately 20 percent lower than existing industry-leading 1/3.2-inch 5-megapixel image sensors.

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