OmniVision Unveils ‘OV9713’ Camera Chip Sensor

The OV9713 is capable of capturing high quality 720p video at 60 frames per second
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OmniVision Technologies, Inc., a developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, launched the OV9713, its new high-frame rate, native high-definition (HD) camera chip sensor.

The OV9713 is capable of capturing high quality 720p video at 60 frames per second (FPS), OmniVision says. It cmbines low-light performance and high dynamic range (HDR) with fast frame rates, making it an ideal solution for entertainment, notebook, telepresence and high-end security applications, the firm says.

The OV9713 is built on a new and improved OmniPixel3-HS pixel. The sensor's new pixel architecture offers better low-light sensitivity, signal-to-noise ratio performance and a 5dB improvement in dynamic range compared to the previous generation, allowing it to perform well in devices that operate in challenging lighting conditions, according to OmniVision.

In addition, the OV9713’s 12-bit RGB RAW output capability provides optimized HDR, while the embedded sequential line- or frame-based HDR features allow an even higher dynamic range to address high-contrast scenes often encountered indoors, the company says.

The OV9713’s fast frame rate minimizes latency delay, resulting in quick response time when using the camera for interactive gaming and real-time communication for telepresence applications, the firm says. The sensor is also 3D ready, offering frame synchronization functionality for 3D camera systems, it says.

“We’ve designed this product specifically for the rapidly evolving entertainment and telepresence markets, where the quality expectations are high and the performance requirements are even higher,” said Nick Nam, OmniVision’s director of product marketing. “The OV9713 is optimized to handle the most demanding applications, providing our customers with top quality image capture and response time. Offering this level of performance, quality and functionality at such a competitive price places the OV9713 at the forefront of this market.”

The OV9713 is a powerful 1/4-inch CMOS image sensor that offers widescreen HD video with a display resolution of 720p operating at 60 FPS or cropped VGA at 120 FPS, OmniVision says. Using an improved OmnniPixel3-HS architecture, the OV9713 delivers industry-leading low-light performance of 3300 mV/lux-sec. It comes with a standard 2-lane MIPI interface and fits into an 8 mm x 6 mm x 4.5 mm module size.