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OmniVision Unveils its Latest Image Sensor, the ‘OV2722′

OmniVision Technologies Inc., introduced the OV2722, the company’s second-generation high-definition image sensor

OmniVision Technologies Inc., a developer of digital imaging solutions, introduced the OV2722, the company’s second-generation native 1080p high-definition complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor (CMOS) image sensor, designed for portable applications such as smartphones or tablets.

The OV2722 uses OmniVision’s new OmniBSI+ pixel architecture to provide improved sensitivity and image quality with a module height of less than 3 millimeters, increasing its usefulness in the smartphone, tablet and Ultrabook markets, OmniVision says.

“We believe that current market trends are quickly moving beyond 720p, and we are seeing strong demand for premium quality 1080p HD video sensors that can meet the criteria and specifications of online video sharing platforms such as Skype, and unified communications platforms such as Microsoft Lync,” said Nick Nam, OmniVision’s director of product marketing.

“In addition, many high-end cameras are required to have extremely small form factors so that they can fit inside next-generation smartphones, tablets, notebooks and Ultrabooks,” Nam said. “The OV2722 is specifically crafted to meet these stringent performance requirements and design specifications,” he said.

The OV2722 is a 1/6-inch native 1080p HD CMOS image sensor, offering full field of view video with optimized image quality, sensitivity, color reproduction and clarity without scaling or cropping. Built on the new 1.4-micron OmniBSI+ pixel, the OV2722 offers significant performance improvements over the first generation, OmniBSI-based OV2720, including a 60 percent increase in full-well capacity, a 10 percent increase in quantum efficiency and a 10 percent improvement in low-light performance.

Additionally, the OV2722 is designed to fit extremely thin modules with a z-height of less than 3 millimeters, while maintaining pin-to-pin compatibility with its predecessor, making it a drop-in replacement for system designers.

The OV2722 supports multiple platform architectures and controllers with both parallel and mobile industry processor interfaces. It allows system designers to leverage the same opto-electrical design across various products and multiple market segments to reduce product development time. Exposure control, white balance and defective pixel canceling are programmable through the serial camera control bus interface.