OmniVision Technologies, Inc., a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, today introduced the OV9716 image sensor, which brings 1392 x 976 resolution at up to 60 frames per second in a 1/3.8" optical format with more than 120dB dynamic range to automotive imaging applications. Built on OmniVision's 2.8-micron OmniBSI-2™ Deep Well™ pixel technology, the OV9716 delivers best-in-class low-light sensitivity and high dynamic range (HDR) performance even in challenging lighting conditions.
"With consumers increasingly expecting advanced safety features in mainstream vehicles, parking assistance applications like 360-degree surround view systems and backup cameras are becoming standard. These applications call for high-performance, yet cost-effective image sensor solutions," said Bahman Hadji, senior automotive marketing manager at OmniVision. "The OV9716 is designed specifically to meet these criteria, bringing the same level of performance formerly expected in a more high-end imaging solution at a cost and form factor suitable for the automotive mass market segment."
The OV9716's Deep Well™ pixel technology provides a 16-bit linear output, capturing 94dB of scene dynamic range in a single frame, compared to traditional sensors with only 12-bit linear output. This 94dB output comes without HDR combination artifacts and has no sudden drops in signal-to-noise ratio across the scene. The sensor can further expand dynamic range to more than 120dB by using a second 'very short' exposure, also minimizing motion artifacts.
The OV9716 comes in an AEC-Q100 Grade 2-qualified, compact 5.8 x 5.25 mm chip scale package and contains an advanced set of safety mechanisms to enable ISO26262 ASIL B-rated camera systems. The sensor is compatible with OmniVision's family of powerful image signal processor (ISP) companion chips for display-based automotive imaging applications.
The OV9716 is currently available for sampling and is expected to enter volume production in the second half of 2017.