OmniVision Technologies, a developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, has launched the OV5648, a high-performance, low-cost 5-megapixel CameraChip sensor for smartphones and tablets. Using the latest 1.4-micron OmniBSI+ pixel architecture, the OV5648 is a technology upgrade of the OV5647. The new sensor combines a smaller die size with higher quality photography and high definition (HD) video, making it suitable for mainstream mobile applications.
“Industry research has noted that 5-megapixel cameras remain crucial to the highly cost-competitive smartphone and tablet markets,” said Henrik Miettinen, product marketing manager at OmniVision. “By utilizing our OmniBSI+ pixel architecture and optimising the sensor design, we were able to reduce the chip size and cost while improving the pixel performance to deliver better image quality. Additionally, the sensor can fit into a 6 x 6 mm fixed focus module with a z-height of less than 4.5 mm. These benefits make the OV5648 a highly attractive upgrade offering for the fast-growing, high-volume, low-cost smartphone and tablet markets.”
The OmniBSI+ pixel architecture offers significant improvements over the original OmniBSI architecture, including a 60 percent increase in full-well capacity and a significant improvement in low-light performance. With OmniBSI+, the ¼-inch OV5648 is capable of capturing high quality still images as well as 720p HD video at 60 frames per second (FPS) and 1080p HD video at 30 FPS. The sensor supports a two-lane MIPI interface, and provides full-frame, windowed, or binned 10-bit images in RAW RGB format with complete user control over formatting and output transfer.
The OV5648 is currently sampling and is expected to enter mass production in the first quarter of 2013.