Infineon, Autoliv on Automotive Imaging Market
Infineon publishes an "Automotive Conference Call" presentation dated by Oct. 10, 2017. Few interesting slides showing camera and LiDAR content in cars of the future:Autoliv CEO presentation dated by Sept.
Samsung VR Camera Features 17 Imagers
Samsung introduces the 360 Round, a camera for developing and streaming high-quality 3D content for VR experience.
5 Things to Learn from AutoSens 2017
EMVA publishes "AutoSens Show Report: 5 Things We Learned This Year" by Marco Jacobs, VP of Marketing, Videantis. The five important things are:The devil is in the detailSort of obvious. See some examples in the article.
LG, Rockchip and CEVA Partner on 3D Imaging
PRNewswire: CEVA partners with LG to deliver a high-performance, low-cost smart 3D camera for consumer electronics and robotic applications.
Canon G1X Mark III preview
Canon's PowerShot G1X Mark III is a high-end compact sporting the same 24 Megapixel APS-C sensor as the EOS 80D. The Mark III also squeezes a 3x / 24-72mm zoom, EVF, fully-articulated touchscreen, Wifi and 1080p video into its weatherproof body.
Yole Image Sensors M&A Review
IMVE publishes article "Keeping Up With Consolidation" by Pierre Cambou, Yole Developpement image sensor analyst.
Hynix Proposes TrenchFET TG
SK Hynix patent application US20170287959 "Image Sensor" by Pyong-su Kwag, Yun-hui Yang, and Young-jun Kwon leverages the company's DRAM trench technology:
Compressed Sensing Said to Save Image Sensor Power
Pravir Singh Gupta and Gwan Seong Choi from Texas A&M University publish an open access paper "Image Acquisition System Using On Sensor Compressed Sampling Technique.
Velodyne More Than Quadruples LiDAR Manufacturing
BusinessWire: Velodyne has more than quadrupled production for its LiDAR sensors to meet strong global demand.
Image Fusion in Dual Cameras
Corephotonics publishes a presentation on image fusion in dual cameras:
Omnivision Announces Nyxel NIR Sensing Technology
PRNewswire: OmniVision introduces Nyxel NIR technology that increases QE of up to 3x at 850nm and 5x at 940nm, when compared with our legacy NIR-capable sensors, while maintaining all other image-quality metrics.
AI Co-Processors Coming to Most Flagship Smartphones in 2018
InstantFlashNews compiles a nice table showing that most application processor makers have AI co-processors integrated on their chips either now or plan that for near future.
BCC Research on Image Sensor and LiDAR Markets
GlobeNewsWire: BCC Research forecasts the LiDAR market to reach $4.5b by 2022 with CAGR of 24.0%. Driverless cars and ADAS are expected to see the most growth in LiDAR use, with average annual market expansion through 2022 projected to be at 29.2%.
Mediatek ISP Dual Camera Capabilities
Mediatek publishes a video showing its Imagiq ISP dual camera features:
Light L16 Camera Internals
Light Co. publishes an interactive picture showing the complexity of its 16 module camera design:Meanwhile, LightRumors site posts some links with the L16 camera reviews and user opinions and also talks about the users low-light experience.
TechInsights: iPhone 8+ Cameras Cost 10% of BOM
TechInsights updates its Apple iPhone 8 Plus teardown report.
Tessera Accuses Samsung in Imaging Patents Infringement
BusinessWire: Tessera and its subsidiaries file legal proceedings today against Samsung alleging infringement of 24 patents including some on bonding and imaging technologies:Invensas Bonding Technologies (formerly Ziptronix) files an action against Samsung in the U.S.
Trinamix Distance Sensing Technology Explained
BASF spin-off Trinamix publishes a nice technology page with Youtube videos explaining its depth sensing principles. They call it "Focus-Induced Photoresponse (FIP):""FIP takes advantage of a particular phenomenon in photodetector devices: an irradiance-dependent photoresponse.
Google Pixel 2 Smartphone Features Stand-Alone HDR+ Processor
Ars Technica reports that Google Pixel 2 smartphone features a separate Google-designed image processor chip, "Pixel Visual Core.
DENSO and Fotonation Collaborate
BusinessWire: DENSO and Xperi-Fotonation start joint technology development of cabin sensing based on image recognition. DENSO expects to significantly improve the performance of its Driver Status Monitor, an active safety product used in tracks since 2014.
Ambarella Loses Key Customers
The Motley Fool publishes an analysis of Ambarella performance over the last year.
Yole on Automotive LiDAR Market
Yole Developpement publishes its AutoSens Brussels 2017 presentation "Application, market & technology status of the automotive LIDAR.
Waymo Self-Driving Car Relies on 5 LiDARs and 1 Surround-View Camera
Alphabet Waymo publishes Safety Report with some details on its self-driving car sensors - 5 LiDARs and one 360-deg color camera:LiDAR (Laser) SystemLiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) works day and night by beaming out millions of laser pulses per second—in 360 degrees—and measuring how long it...
Omron Improves Its Driver Monitoring System
OMRON driver monitoring system uses three barometers to judge whether the driver is capable of focusing on driving responsibilities: (1) whether the driver is observing the vehicle's operation (Eyes ON/OFF); (2) how quickly the driver will be able to resume driving (Readiness High/Mid/Low); and (3) ...
EI 2018, "Image Sensors and Imaging Systems" Preliminary Program
Electronic Imaging 2018, "Image Sensors and Imaging Systems" Symposium is about to publish its preliminary program.
Samsung Announces 0.9um Pixel Sensor for Smartphones, More
BusinessWire: Samsung introduces two new ISOCELL sensors: 1.28 μm 12MP Fast 2L9 with Dual Pixel technology, and ultra-small 0.9μm 24Mp Slim 2X7 with Tetracell technology.The Fast 2L9 features reduced pixel size from the previous Dual Pixel sensor’s 1.4μm to 1.28μm.At 0.
Eldim Supplies iPhone X Face ID Components
VentureBeat reports that Apple CEO Tim Cook visited France Eldim optical component maker. A local reporter said the two companies had been working together for almost a decade, mostly in an R&D capacity.
DiffuserCam 3D Imager
UCB researches publish an open-access paper "DiffuserCam: Lensless Single-exposure 3D Imaging" by Nick Antipa, Grace Kuo, Reinhard Heckel, Ben Mildenhall, Emrah Bostan, Ren Ng, and Laura Waller (Ren Ng is Lytro founder).
Wire Bond Engineering
Omnivision patent application US20170280075 "Flare-reducing imaging system and associated image sensor" by Chao-hung Lin, Hong Jun Li, Ping-hsu Chen, Denis Chu proposes careful bonding wire angle engineering to avoid flare by the light reflecting from the wires:
Red Unveils 35MP 60fps Full-Frame Sensor with 17+ Stops DR
DPReview: RED announces a new Full Frame sensor for its WEAPON cameras, MONSTRO 8K VV.
RPC Photonics Announces Large Order for its Diffuser for ToF Sensing
RPC Photonics announces a large-volume order for its Engineered Diffusers for a VCSEL-based, ToF 3D sensing application from a Fortune 50 company. RPC Photonics’ Engineered Diffuser provides uniform illumination with high efficiency in a custom-designed solution.
Automotive Imaging Market Overview
Mirae Asset Daewoo Research publishes "Autonomous driving; Age of ADAS: Invest in sensor market" note.
Yole Webcast 3D Imaging and Sensing
Yole Developpement publishes its webcast on 3D Imaging and Sensing :
Canon on Large Pixel Design Challenges
Canon whitepaper "Advances in CMOS Image Sensors and Associated Processing" by Shin Kikuchi, Daisuke Kobayashi, Hitoshi Yasuda, Hajime Ueno, and Laurence Thorpe, first presented at the Hollywood Professional Alliance (HPA) Tech Retreat in Palm Springs on February 19, 2016 talks about challenges in 1...
Invisage Acquired by Apple?
Reportedly, there is some sort of acquisition deal reached between Invisage and Apple. A part of Invisage employees joined Apple. Another part is looking for jobs, apparently.
Basler Compares Image Sensors for Machine Vision and Industrial Applications
Basler presents EMVA 1288 measurements of the image sensors in its cameras. It's quite interesting to compare CCD with CMOS sensors and Sony with other companies in terms of QE. Qsat, Dark Noise, etc.
AutoSens 2017 Awards
AutoSens conference held on Sept. 20-21 in Brussels, Belgium publishes its Awards.
Pikselim Demos Low-Light Driver Vision Enhancement
Pikselim publishes a night-time Driver Vision Enhancement (DVE) video using its low-light CMOS sensor behind the windshield of the vehicle with the headlights off (sensor is operated in the 640x512 format at 15 fps in the Global Shutter mode, using an f/0.
Sony Announces Three New Sensors
Sony added three new sensors to its flyers table: 8.3MP 2um pixel based IMX334LQR and 4.5um global shutter pixel based 2.9MP IMX429LLJ and 2MP IMX430LLJ. The news sensors are said to have high sensitivity and aimed to security and surveillance applications.
Chronocam Partners with Huawei
French sites L'usine Novelle, InfoDSI, Chine report that Chronocam partners with Huawei. Huawei is said to cooperate with Chronocam on face recognition technology in its smartphones, similar to Face ID in iPhone X.
Magic Leap Seeks $1b Funding on $6b Valuation
Reuters reports that AR glasses startup Magic Leap files in SEC that it's seeking to raise $1b on $6b valuation. The filing does not indicate the amount that Magic Leap had so far secured from investors. It may end up raising less than $1b.
Intel Unveils D400 Realsense Camera Family
Intel publishes an official page of D400 camera family, currently consisting of D415 and D435 active stereo cameras.
ON Semi Announces Two 1MP Sensors
BusinessWire: ON Semi announces 3um pixel-based AS0140 and AS0142 1/4-inch 1MP sensors with integrated ISP for automotive applications. The new sensors support 45 fps at full resolution or 60 fps at 720p.
GM Acquires Strobe
Reuters quotes GM autonomous driving head Kyle Vogt, CEO of Cruise, saying that the company has acquired Pasadena, CA-based coherent LiDAR startup Strobe:"LIDARs (sensors that use laser light to measure the distance to objects) are currently the bottleneck....
Apple Face ID Ignites 3D Imaging Interest
MacRumors quotes KGI securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo saying that Apple Face ID has "tilted interest in the mobile industry away from under-display fingerprint recognition, and instead towards camera-based 3D sensing technologies as the ideal user authentication solution.
Sony Proposes Moisture Collecting Holes Between Microlens
Sony patent application US20170278889 "Solid-state imaging device, method of manufacturing the same, and electronic apparatus" by Takashi Nakashikiryo, Yoshiaki Kitano, Yuuji Nishimura, Kouichi Itabasi, Ryou Chiba, Yosuke Takita, Mitsuru Ishikawa, Toyomi Jinwaki, Yuichi Seki, Masaya Shimoji, Yoichi ...
Sensing Technology for the Next Generation of Machine Vision Systems
Imaging and Machine Vision Europe digests Albert Theuwissen talk at EMVA-organised European Machine Vision Forum in Vienna, Austria on September 7, 2017.
Quad 3D Vision Betters Stereo
Open source Elphel camera unveils its 4-way camera device that is said to have higher depth resolution and less prone to artifacts than stereo cameras:"Common approach for matching image pairs is to replace the two-dimensional correlation with a single-dimensional task by correlating pixels along th...
Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f2.8-4 review so far
Fujifilm's XF 18-55mm f2.8-4 is a general-purpose zoom for its X-mount mirrorless cameras, upon which it delivers a flexible 27-84mm equivalent range with a brighter than average aperture. The balance of features makes it one of the classiest kit zooms around.
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