Exotic Photodetector News
The papers below promise to revolutionize future image sensor technology in many different ways. Whether you believe it or not is up to you.
Infineon Posts Chart Explaining ToF Camera Design Tasks
Infineon publishes a chart explaining 3D camera design tasks beyond a ToF sensor:
Samsung Presents AI-based Bad Pixel Detection
Springer publishes a Samsung paper presented at 2020 International Conference on Computer Vision and Image Processing "A Pre-processing Assisted Neural Network for Dynamic Bad Pixel Detection in Bayer Images" by Girish Kalyanasundaram, Puneet Pandey, and Manjit Hota.
GPixel Presents its Pipelined Readout Scheme
IEICE Electronics Express publishes GPixel paper "A pipeline row operation method of CMOS image sensors" by Yang Li, Chao Fu, Tao Jiang, Yang Liu, Cheng Ma, Jan Bogaerts, Xinyang Wang.
Rudolf Schwarte, Father of Photonic Mixer Device, Died at the Age of 82
University of Siegen, Germany, and the Center for Sensor Systems (ZESS) mourn for Prof. Dr. Rudolf Schwarte death on March, 7, 2021, at the age of 82.
Yet Another Auto-Generated Image Sensor Paper
MDPI publishes a paper "Human Body-Related Disease Diagnosis Systems Using CMOS Image Sensors: A Systematic Review" by Suparshya Babu Sukhavasi, Susrutha Babu Sukhavasi, Khaled Elleithy, Shakour Abuzneid, and Abdelrahman Elleithy from University of Bridgeport, CT, and William Paterson University, NJ...
Unispectral Announces IR Spectral Camera
Unispectral launches its new Monarch spectral IR camera. Monarch is said to be the first low-SWaP (size, weight & power) spectral camera on the market, suitable for immediate use or by integration in OEM platforms or application developers.
Smartsens Unveils 4MP 2.9um Pixel Sensor from AI Family
SmartSens launches a 4MP sensor in its Advanced Imaging (AI) Series - 1/1.8-inch SC450AI featuring 2.9um pixel.
Quantum Dot Phototransistor for Neuromorphic Sensor
Nature publishes a paper "A flexible ultrasensitive optoelectronic sensor array for neuromorphic vision systems" by Qian-Bing Zhu, Bo Li, Dan-Dan Yang, Chi Liu, Shun Feng, Mao-Lin Chen, Yun Sun, Ya-Nan Tian, Xin Su, Xiao-Mu Wang, Song Qiu, Qing-Wen Li, Xiao-Ming Li, Hai-Bo Zeng, Hui-Ming Cheng &...
Almalence Extends its Superresolution Mode to Video
Almalence publishes a demo of its SuperResolution and SNR boost in real-time at video frame rates:
Photon Pressure Detector Array
Science Advances publishes a paper "On-chip torsion balances with femtonewton force resolution at room temperature enabled by carbon nanotube and graphene" by Lin Cong, Zi Yuan, Zaiqiao Bai, Xinhe Wang, Wei Zhao, Xinyu Gao, Xiaopeng Hu, Peng Liu, Wanlin Guo, Qunqing Li, Shoushan Fan, and Kaili Jiang...
Quantum Dot Galore
SID Display Week 2021 has a special session devoted to quantum dot imagers:66.
Sony FE 50mm f1.2 GM review
The Sony FE 50mm f1.2 G Master is a standard prime lens with a very bright aperture for full-frame e-mount mirrorless cameras. The 50mm focal length delivers natural-looking coverage, but the fast 1.
Mitsubishi to Launch 80x60 pixel Thermal Diode Infrared Sensor
Mitsubishi Electric announces that its Mitsubishi Electric Diode InfraRed (MelDIR) sensor lineup will introduce on July 1, 2021 a new thermal sensor featuring a wide FoV and 80x60 pixel resolution for applications including security, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), people counting,...
Thesis on Current-Assisted Photonic Demodulator for ToF Sensor
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) publishes a MSc thesis "Compact modeling of current-assisted photonic demodulator (CAPD) for time-of-flight CMOS image sensor" by Cristine Jin Delos Santos Estrada.
Curve Offers its Technology to Major Smartphone and Camera Brands
French site Les Echos Entrepreneours publishes an interview with Emmanuel and Sébastien Hugot , tow brothers-founders of Curve startup in Marseille:"It took ten years for Emmanuel Hugot to develop an industrial process for bending standard sensors.
GPixel Introduces GLUX BSI sCMOS Family with 0.8 e- Noise
Gpixel presents GLUX9701BSI, a 1” format BSI sCMOS sensor with a resolution of 1.3 MP (1280 x 1024) and large 9.76 μm x 9.76 μm pixels. The sensor is the first in a new family targeting extreme low-light imaging for both surveillance and scientific use.
Canon EOS R5 fw v1.3 update
In March 2021, Canon released new firmware for the Canon EOS R5, R6 and 1Dx Mark III which brings a selection of updates.
NHK Presentation on 8K Organic Sensor Camera
NHK presented its organic image sensor-based camera for 8K TV broadcast (2019 presentation):For those of you with IEEE SSCS account access, there is also Panasonic webinar by Kazuko Nishimura on organic image sensor.
ISSCC 2021 On-Line: Samsung ISOCELL Vizion 33D Paper
 Samsung ISOCELL Vizion presentation at ISSCC 2021 details the company iToF approach: "7.1 - A 4-tap 3.5μm 1.
LiDAR Technology Map
EETimes reporter Junko Yoshida publishes an article "Lidar Sweepstakes Draws 15 RFQs, But No Frontrunner.""More than a dozen RFQs for lidars are reportedly flying around. Evidently, lidars are beginning to penetrate the ADAS market.
Call for Nominations for the 2021 Walter Kosonocky Award
International Image Sensor Society Call for Nominations for the 2021 Walter Kosonocky Award for Significant Advancement in Solid-State Image Sensors:The Walter Kosonocky Award is presented biennially for THE BEST PAPER presented in any venue during the prior two years representing significant advanc...
ISSCC 2021 Presentations On-Line: Mojo Vision's Augmented-Reality Smart Contact Lens
One of the most inspiring presentations at ISSCC 2021 is Mojo Visions "34.2 - A 21pJ/frame/pixel Imager and 34pJ/frame/pixel Image Processor for a Low-Vision Augmented-Reality Smart Contact Lens.
Sony FE 24mm f2.8 G review
The Sony FE 24mm f2.8 G is a compact wide-angle prime lens for the e-mount mirrorless system. 24mm is a popular focal length, striking a very usable balance between 28mm and ultra-wide models. The 24 2.8 G delivers sharp results and fast focusing from a compact weather-sealed barrel.
Sony FE 50mm f2.5 G review
The Sony FE 50mm f2.5 G is a compact standard prime lens for full-frame e-mount mirrorless cameras. Announced in March 2021 and costing $599, it delivers natural-looking standard coverage that’s ideal for general-purpose use.
ISSCC 2021 Presentations On-Line: Sony FF Sensor with Sigma-Delta ADC
It appears that all ISSCC 2021 videos, slides, and demos are available at underline.io site after a free registration. According to ISSCC, the presentation at Underline site are available till the end of March.
Ametek 1MP 76,000fps Sensor Whitepaper
Ametek Vision Research publishes a white paper "Understanding How A BSI Sensor Has Advanced High-Speed Imaging" about 1280x720 pixel 76,000fps device powering TMX series of cameras.
LiDAR News: Elmos, Ommatidia, Intel, Valeo, Scantinel, Luminar
Elmos presents its solutions for LiDAR, including laser driver and SPAD imager:Elmos 2019 presentation shows the company's SPAD sensor:Ommatidia presents its lightfield sensor for high-resolution long-range 3D imaging:EPIC meeting on LiDAR applications features a presentation about Intel FMCW LiDAR:...
ST ToF PC User Detection
ST keeps finding creative use cases for its ToF sensors:
Sony Explains Advantages of its Polarization Sensors for Traffic Cameras
Sony Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) page has been updated to explain the advantages of its PolarSens sensors for face recognition on the roads:Sony also publishes a video demo showing the improvement (and another one):
Omnivision's Early Years
SinaFinance publishes a biography of Datong Chen, Omnivision's Chairman, including the early ears on the company:"In 1995, a coincidental opportunity came. A friend of Chen Datong wanted to start a company to develop image sensors using CMOS technology.
LiDAR News: Robosense, Aeye, Light.co, Ouster
BusinessWire: Robosense shows its First Automotive-grade LiDAR Production Line in China:BusinessWire: Aeye reports the independent validation of performance of its camera-LiDAR combo named iDAR:the AEye sensor was able to detect targets with a substantial number of points at a distance exceedin...
Nikkei: Huaian Imaging Device Manufacturer Corp. Collapsed?
Nikkei Asian Review reports that "Huaian Imaging Device Manufacturer, which invested 12 billion yuan in a bid to make CMOS sensors for smartphone cameras" is "said to have essentially collapsed."Huaian Imaging Device Manufacturer (HIDM) web site responds with "Error 403 - Forbidden.
More about Sony Acquisition of Intel Patents
In the end of 2020, there were reports that Sony had acquired a number of Intel patents. An IP analytics blog LexisNexis publishes its analysis of these patents:"The respective reassignment document lists 35 simple patent families with active US patents.
Canon EOS R5 fw v1.3 update
In March 2021, Canon released new firmware for the Canon EOS R5, R6 and 1Dx Mark III which brings a selection of updates.
Canon Presents X-Ray Sensor With Auto-Exposure Control
Canon announces the new "Built-in AEC assistance" technology for digital radiography. With this technology, the device's X-ray image sensor uses real-time detection of the pixel value corresponding to emitted X-rays, notifying the X-ray generator when pixel value reaches a preset value.
ISSCC 2021 On-Line: Sony Sensor with Integrated AI Processor
Sony ISSCC presentation "9.6 - A 1/2.3inch 12.3Mpixel with On-Chip 4.
XFAB Presents Photodiode Improvements, Reports 20% Smartphone ALS Market Share
X-FAB Foundries unveils a new photodiode-specific process core module. Whereas previously the XS018 process had been mainly focused on the fabrication of multi-pixel CMOS image sensors, this new module is dedicated to photodiode fabrication.
Yet Another Auto-Generated Image Sensor Paper
MDPI publishes a paper "Human Body-Related Disease Diagnosis Systems Using CMOS Image Sensors: A Systematic Review" by Suparshya Babu Sukhavasi, Susrutha Babu Sukhavasi, Khaled Elleithy, Shakour Abuzneid, and Abdelrahman Elleithy from University of Bridgeport, CT, and William Paterson University, NJ...
Strategy Analytics: Market Share Gap between Sony and Others is Shrinking
BusinessWire. Strategy Analytics publishes the  report “Smartphone Image Sensor Market Share Q4 2020: Sony Takes Top Spot But Sees Drop in Share:”"The global smartphone Image sensor market recorded total revenue of $15 billion in CY 2020.
Sony FE 40mm f2.5 G review
The Sony FE 40mm f2.5 G is a compact lightweight prime lens designed for full-frame e-mount mirrorless cameras. 40mm delivers slightly wider than standard coverage, striking a compelling balance between traditional 35 and 50mm lenses.
Mass Market SWIR Spectroscopy is Coming?
TI publishes a video showing the difference in SWIR spectra between different foods:TrinamiX publishes a couple of videos demoing its SWIR spectrometer capabilities and applications:
IISW 2021 Announces the First Invited Paper
International Image Sensor Workshop 2021 announces a name of the first invited paper: “Sensor Design Parameters Affecting Automotive Machine Vision” by Gabriel Bowers, Image Path Architect and Strategy at Mobileye.
Ametek 1MP 76,000fps Sensor Whitepaper
Ametek Vision Research publishes a white paper "Understanding How A BSI Sensor Has Advanced High-Speed Imaging" about 1280x720 pixel 76,000fps device powering TMX series of cameras.
TI Presents a Simplistic ToF System
TI publishes a video "Intro to high speed comparators: ToF distance measurements with LVDS comparator" presenting an ultra-simple ToF system:
Toshiba Announces New CCD
BusinessWire: Toshiba reminds that CCDs are still alive with the new linear CCD announcement. The company launches TCD2726DG, a lens reduction type CCD linear image sensor that achieves high-speed scanning for A3 multifunction printers. Shipments of engineering samples have started on March 16.
Terranet and Mercedes-Benz Presents Quick Reacting Event-Based Camera System
GlobeNewswire:  Terranet AB presents its ultra-fast VoxelFlow sensor technology in a joint presentation with Mercedes-Benz at STARTUP AUTOBAHN.
Chronoptics Demos its ToF Multipath Reduction
Chronoptics publishes a demo of its multipath reduction ToF camera:
PixelPlus Turns a Profit in 2020 for the First Time since 2015
TheElec reports that "Pixelplus recorded 39 billion won in sales in 2020, a 10.6% increase from 2019. It recorded operating income of 800 million won, its first profit since 2015. China accounted for 55% of its sales, followed 25% from Taiwan.
Toppan Acquires Brookman to Enter ToF Sensing Market
Toppan Printing acquires 89.1% of the outstanding stock of Brookman Technology, Inc., a venture company originating from Shizuoka University and engaged in the development and sales of CMOS image sensors.

 

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