OmniVision Technologies, a digital imaging solutions provider headquartered in Santa Clara, California, launched the OV8825 CameraChip sensor at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held in Las Vegas.
The OV8825 is the first CMOS8-megapixel sensor built on the OmniBSI+ technology, which is significantly more advanced than earlier versions of the OmniBSI backside illumination technology, including 60% higher full-well capacity, a quantum efficiency increase by 10% and improved low-light sensitivity.
The OV8825 has been designed for tablet and smartphone manufacturers who seek to update their designs featuring the older OV8820 sensor. The applications of the OV8825 sensor include digital still cameras, digital video camcorders and mobile phones as well.
The 1/3.2 in. OV8825 sensor is capable of operating at 24 fps in full resolution. Hi-definition (HD) video recording of 1080p at 30fps or 720p at 60fps can be performed. The benefit of the OV8825 allows for improved image and video capture in low-light and bright conditions. Additionally, the high frame rate of the sensor eliminates image lag and allows for continuous shooting with minimal rolling shutter effect. The sensor’s integrated scalar ensures electronic image stabilization for full field-of-view with enhanced signal-to-noise performance in HD video mode of 1080 p / 30 fps. To facilitate a high rate of data transfer, the sensor features a 4-lane, high-speed MIPI interface.
The additional features of the OV8825 CameraChip sensor includes on-chip phase lock loop, support for 2X2 binning, an SCCB standard serial interface, automatic black level calibration, and support for vertical and horizontal subsampling and on-chip phase lock loop.
The senior product marketing manager for OmniVision, Vinoo Margasahayam stated that by 2014, smartphones with 8MP cameras are likely to reach 500 million units.