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Cypress Selects TowerJazz’s CMOS Image Sensor Process for its New Image Sensor

Cypress Semiconductor and TowerJazz announced that the latter’s 0.18-micron CIS (CMOS image sensor) process will be used to power the former’s VITA 25K image sensor.

The new VITA 25K is a high-speed, high-sensitivity CMOS image sensor developed specifically for the machine vision market. It has a distinct triggered and pipelined global shutter architecture, providing the highest throughput in the market.

The VITA 25K image sensor has 32 10-bit LVDS (Low Voltage Differential Signaling) outputs, facilitating image data transfer at low noise and low power, at a standard protocol. Each channel of the sensor runs at 620 Mbps, delivering 53 fps of frame rate at full resolution, for fast readout and undistorted images. The sensor is suitable for various advanced machine vision applications including inspection machines, as well as biometric inspection applications such as intelligent traffic systems, and palm print readers.

Cypress’ General Manager of the Image Sensor Business Unit, Georges Hiltrop, commented that the company has been able to continue supplying higher sensitivity and faster CMOS image sensors because of its patented IP and design experience together with the TowerJazz’s CIS process abilities.

Dr. Avi Strum, VP of Specialty Group at TowerJazz stated that both the companies have combined on the CIS projects for over a decade, offering various products for dental imaging, barcode, high-end cameras, and industrial imaging.


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