Anafocus Keynote at EI 2018
Electronic Imaging Symposium publishes a keynote "Sub-Electron Low-Noise CMOS Image Sensors: Large Format, Fast, 0.5e-rms CIS with Oversampled 2‐Stage ADCs" by J. A. Segovia, F. Medeiro, A. Gonzales, A. Vellegas, and A. Rodriguez-Vazquez, Teledyne-Anafocus and Universidad de Sevilla.
ST Focuses on 3D Imaging
ST Micro 2018 Capital Markets Day was used to present the company focus on all types of 3D imaging: SPAD-based FlightSense, structured light (probably Apple Face ID IR sensor), and also indirect ToF:
Framos Offers Sony SLVS-EC RX as FPGA IP
Framos SLVS-EC RX IP Core shortens design time with the latest generation of Sony image sensors. The SLVS-EC interface (Scalable Low-Voltage Signaling with Embedded Clock) has up to 8 lanes and 2.376 Gbps throughput per lane.
iniVation Launches its Next-Generation Event-Based Dynamic Vision Sensor
iniVation, a spin-off of the University of Zurich and the ETH Zurich, launches its next-generation event-based DAVIS346 sensor with USB3 interface. It features over twice the resolution and a 30% smaller compared with previous models.
Omnivision Announces Design Win in Automotive Eye and Gaze Tracking Camera
PRNewswire: OmniVision collaborates with Smart Eye to integrate its automotive 2MP image sensor with Smart Eye's sensing algorithm library in a turnkey driver and cabin monitoring solution that targets automotive OEMs.
Albert Theuwissen Lectures on Video
CEI makes available for purchase 3 videos with Albert Theuwissen lectures:Introduction to Correlated and Uncorrelated Noise in ImagersCharacterization of Noise in DarkCharacterization of Noise with Light
Panasonic Lumix FT7 review so far
The Panasonic Lumix FT7 / TS7 is the company's latest rugged waterproof compact. Waterproof to 31 metres, It replaces the Lumix FT5 / TS5 with an updated 20.4 Megapixel sensor, a stabilised 4.6x zoom and, for the first time on an FT model, a built in 1,170k dot electronic viewfinder.
Himax Reports Q1 Results
GlobeNewswire: Himax updates on its imaging business with the new focus on 3D imaging and new product - under-display optical fingerprint sensors:"Himax SLiMTM 3D sensing solution for premium Android smartphone is mass production ready in Q1 2018 as planned, awaits smartphone makers and their ecosys...
CMOS Sensor Sales Grow at Record-Breaking Pace
IC Insights reports "The spread of digital camera applications in vehicles, machine vision, human recognition and security systems, as well as for more powerful camera phones will drive CMOS image sensor sales to an eighth straight record-high level this year with worldwide revenues growing 10% to $...
SensL Explains SiPM Principles
SensL publishes SiPM explaining video in its new capacity of a part of ON Semi Imaging group:
TowerJazz Q1 2018 Report
SeekingAlpha publishes TowerJazz Q1 2018 earnings call transcript with update on the foundry's image sensor business:"In the CMOS image sensor business unit, where we see recently very good results of our smallest in the world 2.
Microsoft Announces 3D Camera "Project Kinect for Azure"
PRNewswire: Microsoft announces its latest 3D ToF camera: "A new initiative, Project Kinect for Azure — a package of sensors from Microsoft that contains our unmatched time of flight depth camera, with onboard compute, in a small, power-efficient form factor — designed for AI on the Edge.
Yole on LiDAR Patents
Yole publishes "LiDAR for Automotive - Patent Landscape Analysis" tracing the first automotive LiDAR patents back to 1934:
SmartSens Presents "Starlight Class" 1080p Sensor
PRNewswire: China-based SmartSens introduces a "starlight class" 1080p60 sensor SC2310, another product based on the SmartClarity NIR-enhancing technology after the introduction of the SC5235.
FAU Develops Pixel Rotation that Improves Resolution and Reduces Aliasing
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany (FAU) proposes a low fill factor pixels pseudo-randomly rotated in the pixel array to improve resolution by a factor of 4 and avoid alias artifacts.
Corephotonics Files 2nd Lawsuit Against Apple
DPReview: Corephotonics files another lawsuit on its dual camera patent infringement, now covering its most recently granted patent and the latest iPhone X and iPhone 8.
Leica 50-200mm f2.8-4 review so far
The Leica DG 50-200mm f2.8-4 is a high-end telephoto zoom designed for Panasonic and Olympus mirrorless cameras, upon which it delivers equivalent coverage of 100-400mm.
Omnivision Keynote at EI 2018
Electronic Imaging publishes Omnivision keynote presentation "Automotive Image Sensors" by Boyd Fowler and Johannes Solhusvik.
Machine Learning to Reduce High-ISO Noise
MSN, DPReview: Machine learning is often presented as a tool to improve high-ISO.
Industry is Watching Market Response on Huawei Triple Camera
Digitimes: If Huawei is doing well with its P20 Pro smartphone with triple camera, other smartphone makers like Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, Lenovo, Asustek, HTC, and Sony are likely to come with similar solutions too, according to Digitimes sources.
Leti on 3D Integration
December 2017 Leti presentation on 3D integration at IEDM Workshop talks about a number of opportunities for CIS:
LFoundry 2017 Report
LFoundry 2017 report contains interesting info about the foundry, its customers, and the relationships with its mother company SMIC:"The year began with the clear, challenging objective of equipping the Avezzano plant with further, alternative production capacity compared to its traditional focus on...
Oppo 3D Sensing Update
Mydrivers: A number of Chinese news sites cover Oppo May 10th meeting devoted to the company work on the 3D sensing for smartphones.
EMVA1288 Characterization Video
Spectronet publishes a presentation of Bernd Jähne from Universität Heidelberg on image sensor characterization with some interesting findings on PRNU wavelength dependence, QE, angular dependencies, interesting MTF shapes, etc:
Subaru Adds Face Recognition to its SUV
Nikkei: Subaru adds its first "driver monitoring system (DMS)" to the US model of the "Forester" mid-size SUV.
TowerJazz and Newsight Imaging Announce CMOS Sensor for LiDAR
GlobeNewswire: TowerJazz and Newsight Imaging announced production of Newsight’s CIS chips and camera modules, customized for very high volume LiDAR and machine vision markets, combining sensors, digital algorithms and pixel array on the same chip.
ON Semi Acquires SensL
BusinessWire: ON Semiconductor acquires SensL Technologies Ltd. SensL, based in Ireland, is specializing in Silicon Photomultipliers (SiPM), Single Photon Avalanche Diode (SPAD) and LiDAR sensing products for automotive, medical, industrial and consumer markets.
LiDAR Technologies Compared
ArsTechnica compares different LiDAR technologies in a form of interview with Ouster CEO and co-founder Angus Pacala. Ouster develops a spinning mechanical LiDAR similar to Velodyne. Angus also co-founded Quanergy, so that he was closely involved in solid-stage LiDAR design.
Two-Tap Pixel for Heart Rate Detection
VLSI Symposium 2018 publishes a preview of Shizuoka University, Brookman, and Chiba University paper "A Two-Tap NIR Lock-In Pixel CMOS Image Sensor with Background Light Cancelling Capability for Non-Contact Heart Rate Detection.
Yole on LiDAR Market
Yole Developpement is preparing "LiDARs for Automotive and Industrial Applications 2018" report:"By looking at the different technologies on the market, we can clearly see that the LiDAR market is immature – a ‘work in progress’.
Samsung Introduces ISOCELL Tertacell Slim Image Sensor
BusinessWire: Samsung introduces a 16MP ISOCELL Slim 3P9 image sensor along with a pre-optimized turnkey camera module to expedite time-to-market.“Samsung’s ISOCELL image sensors take advantage of various technologies to deliver innovative imaging experiences in mobile devices,” said Ben K.
Algolux Raises $10M to Develop Robust Automotive Vision
PRWeb: Algolux has closed a $10M Series A funding round led by GM Ventures. The syndicate includes Drive Capital, Intact Ventures, and a follow-on investment from Real Ventures.“Safety is the overriding priority for autonomous vehicle development.
Caeleste Presents GS HDR Sensor
Caeleste unveils CAE301 “ELFIS” image sensor based on LFoundry LF11IS BSI process:Features:1920x1080 pixels15 μm pixel pitchGlobal shutter using a “GS” CMOS technology with buried storage nodeTID, SEU and SEL rad-hard designQE > 90% by backside illuminationRead noise using CDS 2.
SiOnyx Trumpets Crowdfunding Success
BusinessWire: SiOnyx reports that its Kickstarter launch for the SiOnyx Aurora, the HD action video camera with day and night color imaging, has achieved a 3X past its target of $50K in the first 4 days of its public debut:In less than 3.
Imec and Holst Centre Unveil Organic Fingerprint Sensor
Imec: Holst Centre, a joint initiative of imec and TNO, have demonstrated a new class of flexible, large-area sensor technology for detecting finger- and palmprints. At less than 0.
Omron MEMS Thermal Sensor
Omron publishes a video demoing its low-resolution thermopile sensor:
Olympus 17mm f1.2 PRO review so far
The Olympus 17mm f1.2 PRO is a bright wide lens, aimed at Olympus and Panasonic mirrorless owners who want the best performance and fastest aperture at this flexible focal length. Check out my video overview and sample images!… The post Olympus 17mm f1.
Fujifilm Instax SQ6 review so far
The Fujifilm Instax SQ6 is an analogue instant camera that looks like the classic Instagram logo. It's Fujifilm's second instant camera to use the Instax Square format that outputs 2.4x2.4in prints, but unlike last year's digital SQ10, embraces the analogue process. Check out my preview.
More Info on SensL Acquisition by ON Semi
The Irish Times times publishes an article on ON Semi acquisition of SensL:"Financial details of the transaction have not been disclosed but industry insiders told The Irish Times it was a “high double-digit deal”.
Physically Unclonable Function based on CMOS Sensor FPN
University of Wisconsin–Madison publishes a video "CamPUF: Physically Unclonable Function based on CMOS Image Sensor Fixed Pattern Noise" by Yongwoo Lee, Kyuin Lee, and Younghyun Kim presented at Design Automation Conference (DAC) 2018:
Yonhap on Sony vs Samsung Competition
Korean news agency Yonhap gives its view on Sony and Samsung market shares, also quoted by Business Standard and MSN:"Sony and Samsung currently lead the global market for CMOS image sensors, with the Japanese rival holding a slight edge.In 2016, Sony and Samsung took up 25.6 percent and 22.
ON Semi Expands Assembly & Test Facility in Rochester
BusinessWire: ON Semi expands its manufacturing facility in Rochester, NY. The site develops and manufactures image sensors for commercial, industrial and professional imaging applications, including machine vision, surveillance, traffic monitoring, medical and scientific imaging, and photography.
Snapdragon 7XX Series to Support Triple Cameras
A number of on-line sources quote SuggestPhone site on the specs of the oncoming Qualcomm 700 series of mid-range Snapdragon processors. The add support for triple cameras, as well as AI processing accelerators:DPReview reports that 2019 iPhone might have a triple camera too.
European Imaging & Sensing Summit
European Imaging & Sensing Summit to be held in Grenoble, France on Sept.
China Face Recognition Network in Action
A BBC reporter has been given a demo of China's state-wide face recognition capabilities:
Interview with Boyd Fowler, Omnivision CTO
3DInCities publishes an interview with Boyd Fowler, Omnivision CTO. Omnivision Nyxel NIR enhancing sensor has been a winner of 3D InCites Award in the Device of the Year category. Few quotes from the interview:"...
CAS and Cambricon Release AI Face Recognition Accelerator for Cloud Servers
Xinhua: China's first cloud AI chip was released by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). The MLU100 chip was developed by Cambricon Technology to enable accurate and fast big data processing, especially in image and voice search tasks.
Sony Unveils 9um Pixel GS Sensors, Automotive Lineup
Sony presents a new line of global shutter sensors with 9um-large pixels:Sony also unveils a new lineup of automotive HDR image sensors with LED flicker mitigation:
ON Semi Updates on its Imaging Business
SeekingAlpha: ON Semi Q1 2018 earnings call updates on the company's image sensor business:"We continue to further strengthen our position in imaging market for automotive and industrial applications and demand outlook for our imaging products continues to strengthen.
TI Unveils Single-Chip ToF System
TI OPT8320 3D ToF SoC integrates pixel array, timing generator, ADC, depth engine, and illumination driver. The built-in depth engine computes the depth data from the digitized sensor data.

 

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