Optical Readout Thermal Imager
ResearchGate publishes a paper "Design and Optical Simulation of a Sensor Pixel for an Optical Readout-Based Thermal Imager" by Ambali Odebowale and Mohamed Ramy Abdelrahman from King Saud University.
Yole Forecasts Gold Rush in Thermal Cameras
i-Micronews: "The Covid-19 pandemic has induced a gold rush in the thermal imaging and sensing industry. All over the world, various media outlets, smaller or larger – even media behemoths – have written pieces about this technology.
Assorted News: Brookman, Smartsens, AIStorm, Cista, Prophesee, Unispectral, SiLC, Velodyne, Himax
Brookman demos the absence of interference between its 4 pToF cameras working simultaneously:Smartsens reports it has garnered three awards from the 2020 China IC Design Award Ceremony and Leaders Summit —co-presented by EE Times China, EDN China, and ESMC China.
LFoundry Data Shows that BSI Sensors are Less Reliable than FSI
LFoundry and Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, publish open source paper in IEEE Journal of the Electron Devices Society "Performance and reliability degradation of CMOS Image Sensors in Back-Side Illuminated configuration" by Andrea Vici, Felice Russo, Nicola Lovisi, Aldo Marchioni, Antonio Casel...
ST ToF Products Tour
ST publishes a nice presentation "Going further with FlightSense" at Sensor+Test 2020 virtual exhibition. There is also a short presentation about Flightsense applications.
LiDAR News: Trioptics, Blickfeld, Apple
Trioptics publishes ats presentation at the recent Autosens On-Line conference "From Lab to Fab – Assembly and testing of optical components for LiDAR sensors in prototyping and serial production" by Dirk Seebaum:Blickfeld publishes a datasheet for its Cube LiDAR based MEMS mirror scanning and SPA...
Canon Presents 1MP SPAD Imager Prototype
Canon has developed a prototype of what it calls "the world’s first single photon avalanche diode (SPAD) image sensor with signal-amplifying pixels capable of capturing 1-megapixel images.
Stratio Unveils Ge-Based SWIR Camera
After 7 years in development, Stratio unveils BeyonSense, said to be "the world’s first germanium-based smartphone-compatible camera." The 11 x 8 pixel BeyonSense Pre camera is expected to be available for sale in a month from now, if COVID situation allows.
Demosaicing First or Denoising First?
University of Inner Mongolia, China, and CNRS, France, publish a paper "A Review of an Old Dilemma: Demosaicking First, or Denoising First?" by Qiyu Jin, Gabriele Facciolo, and Jean-Michel Morel."Image denoising and demosaicking are the first two crucial steps in digital camera pipelines.
SmartSens Acquires Allchip, Expands into Automotive Market
PRNewswire: SmartSens Technology has completed acquisition and merger with Shenzhen-based 8-year old Allchip Microelectronics.
Low Light Imaging with CFA 3.0
Applied Research LLC; Rockville, MD, USA publishes MDPI paper "Demosaicing of CFA 3.0 with Applications to Low Lighting Images" by by Chiman Kwan, Jude Larkin, and Bulent Ayhan."Low lighting images usually contain Poisson noise, which is pixel amplitude-dependent.
Axcelis Ships First 15MeV Implanter to "Leading Image Sensor Manufacturer"
PRNewswire: Axcelis announces that it has shipped the first Purion XEmax high energy system to a "leading CMOS image sensor manufacturer." The system is a new tool evaluation and has been shipped in Q2.
SmartSens Announces AI (Advanced Imaging) Sensor
PRNewswire: SmartSens announces the launch of SC200AI sensor, the first of its Advanced Imaging (AI) series product lineup—high-performance, low-light-capable image sensor with advanced HDR capabilities and reliability in harsh environments.
Perovskite 3-Layer Sensor Fulfills Foveon's Original Promise
ResearchGate publishes SPIE presentation "Color imaging sensors with perovskite alloys" by Mohammad Ismail Hossain, Wayesh Qarony, Haris Ahmad Khan, Masayuki Kozawa, Alberto Salleo, Jon Yngve Hardeberg, Hiroyuki Fujiwara, Yuen Hong Tsang, and Dietmar Knipp from Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Norw...
Prophesee and Inivation Present 3D Imaging Use Case for their Event-Driven Sensors
EPIC Online Technology Meeting on Structured Light and Computer Vision features Prophesee presentation on use of its event-driven sensor for 3D structured-light camera: Inivation too presents its event-driven camera use for structured light 3D imaging:Once we are at Inivation, the company has recen...
Trieye Officially Announces its CMOS SWIR Camera
Evertiq: TriEye has officially revealed Sparrow – its first CMOS-based SWIR camera. Among the companies that are collaborating with TriEye and are evaluating the Sparrow is DENSO, in addition to Porsche that made an investment in the company back in 2019.
SK Telecom Expands Use Cases for Image Sensor-based RNG
The Korea Herald: SK Telecom has signed contracts with major IT firms to develop security products for self-driving vehicles, IoT devices and smartphones using its new image-sensor-based security chipset. Names of the partners were not disclosed.
SWIR Upconverting Camera
MDPI paper "Up-Conversion Sensing of 2D Spatially-Modulated Infrared Information-Carrying Beams with Si-Based Cameras" by Adrián J.
Smartphone 3D Sensing Modules Comparison
SystemPlus Consulting publishes "Smartphone 3D Sensing Modules Comparison 2020.""The consumer 3D sensing module market is expected to reach $8.1B in 2025 from $2B in 2019, according to the “3D Imaging & Sensing 2020” report from Yole Développement.
RevoRing filter adapter review
The RevoRing is a cunning filter adapter from H&Y that saves you from carrying, fitting and swapping multiple step-down rings. A variable mechanism allows it to adapt one larger filter to multiple lenses, and fit it quickly too.
Imec Presentation on Low-Cost NIR and SWIR Imaging
SPIE publishes an Imec presentation "Image sensors for low cost infrared imaging and 3D sensing" by Jiwon Lee, Epimetheas Georgitzikis, Edward Van Sieleghem, Yun Tzu Chang, Olga Syshchyk, Yunlong Li, Pierre Boulenc, Gauri Karve, Orges Furxhi, David Cheyns, and Pawel Malinowski (available after free ...
v2e and Event-Driven Camera Nonidealities
ETH Zurich publishes an Arxiv.org paper "V2E: From video frames to realistic DVS event camera streams" by Tobi Delbruck, Yuhuang Hu, and Zhe He. The V2E open source tool is available here.
LiDAR News: Trioptics, Blickfeld, Apple
Trioptics publishes ats presentation at the recent Autosens On-Line conference "From Lab to Fab – Assembly and testing of optical components for LiDAR sensors in prototyping and serial production" by Dirk Seebaum:Blickfeld publishes a datasheet for its Cube LiDAR based MEMS mirror scanning and SPA...
Miscellaneous News: UMC, Innoviz, Samsung
Semiconductor Engineering quotes said David Uriu, technical director of product management at UMC, saying that CIS are the drivers at 65nm and 40nm process nodes. "CIS use 65nm/55nm. Some CIS devices will start to use 40nm, but this is not a significant part of the current CIS volume yet.
Yole: Image Sensor Market Keeps Growing, Defies Coronavirus Troubles
i-Micronews: At the end of 2019, the CIS price rose of nearly 10% because of production reaching maximum worldwide capacity."Even though the COVID-19 lockdown led to a drop in smartphone shipments, the demand for mobile camera modules will maintain a 7% year-over-year (YoY) growth in 2020.
Few More iPad LiDAR Pictures
SystemPlus Consulting publishes Apple iPAD Pro 2020 LiDAR module reverse engineering report with few more pictures in addition to many that have already been published:"This rear 3D sensing module is using the first ever consumer direct Time-of-Flight (dToF) CMOS Image Sensor (CIS) product with in-p...
Quanta Burst Photography
University of Wisconsin–Madison: In a dark room or a motion-heavy scene, conventional cameras face a choice: a quick look that freezes movement nicely but turns out dark, or a longer exposure that captures more light but blurs moving parts.
Sigma 100-400mm f5-6.3 DG DN review
The Sigma 100-400mm f5-6.3 DG DN OS is an affordable telephoto zoom designed for full-frame mirrorless cameras and available in Sony e and L-mount versions. Find out how it performs in my review!… The post Sigma 100-400mm f5-6.3 DG DN review appeared first on Cameralabs.
192MP+ Camera Support Becomes Standard in Qualcomm New Products
Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 690 5G platform with ISP than rivals high-end smartphones from 2 years ago:"Vivid 4K HDR video recording is new to this series and have fun with up to 192 MP photo capture, both produce professional-quality photos and videos.
Panasonic Lumix S 20-60mm review
The Panasonic Lumix S 20-60mm f3.5-5.6 is a general-purpose zoom for the full-frame L-mount system. One of the smallest, lightest and most affordable L-mount lenses to date, it’s a great walkaround option with wider than average coverage.
Thesis on 3D Interconnect Test and Characterization
CEA-Leti publishes PhD Thesis "Test and characterization of 3D high-density interconnects" by Imed Jani.
Thesis on Hamamatsu SiPM Characterization
Agricultural University of Georgia, country of Georgia, publishes MSc Thesis "Characterization of Silicon Photomultipliers for Detector Developments" by Davit Kordzaia.
IC Insights: CIS Market to Drop by 4% This Year, then to Rise by 15% in 2021
IC Insights forecasts:"The fallout from the Covid-19 virus crisis in 2020 is expected to lower CMOS image sensor sales for the first time in 10 years, but new record-high revenues are seen next year.
Sony Adds SNR1s Metric to All Starvis Sensors
Sony has added SNR1s figures to its table of security and surveillance sensors:
SWIR Upconverting Camera
MDPI paper "Up-Conversion Sensing of 2D Spatially-Modulated Infrared Information-Carrying Beams with Si-Based Cameras" by Adrián J.
Qualcomm Smartwatch Platform Supports 16MP Camera with 1080p30 Video
Qualcomm announces Snapdragon Wear 4100 smartwatch platform that features dual ISP with support of 16MP camera with 1080p30 video:
Sony Prepares Subscription Service for its AI-Integrated Sensors
Reuters, Bloomberg, Yahoo: Sony plans to sell software by subscription for data-analyzing sensors with integrated AI processor like the recently announced IMX500.
1/f and RTS Noise Model
IEEE open source Journal of the Electron Devices Society publishes Hong Kong University of Science and Technology paper "1/f Low Frequency Noise Model for Buried Channel MOSFET" by Shi Shen and Jie Yuan.
v2e and Event-Driven Camera Nonidealities
ETH Zurich publishes an Arxiv.org paper "V2E: From video frames to realistic DVS event camera streams" by Tobi Delbruck, Yuhuang Hu, and Zhe He. The V2E open source tool is available here.
GPixel Announces 103MP, 28fps, 12b Global Shutter Sensor
Gpixel announces the GMAX32103, a large format Global Shutter CMOS sensor for industrial applications. The sensor is based on 3.2 µm charge domain GS pixel, provides 11276(H) x 9200(V) resolution (103 MP), and supports up to 28fps with 12bit output.
Panasonic Lumix G100 review
The Panasonic Lumix G100 is a compact mirrorless camera designed for vlogging and creative video, as well as photography. I tried it out for my first-looks review!… The post Panasonic Lumix G100 review appeared first on Cameralabs.
Event-Based Camera Tutorial
ETH Zurich Robotics and Perception Group publishes a video presentation "Event Cameras: Opportunities and the Road Ahead (CVPR 2020)" by Davide Scaramuzza
3D News: MIT, Intel, Sharp
MIT Vivienne Sze's presentation on energy efficient processing has a part about low power ToF imaging:Intel announces an long range version of its active stereo 3D camera Realsense D455:"The D455 camera increases the optimal range to 6 meters, making it twice as accurate as the current D400 cameras ...
LiDAR News: Outsight-Velodyne, Aeye, UCB, Livox
BusinessWire: It appears that Outsight gives up on its own LiDAR hardware and switches over to Velodyne as the companies jointly announce a multi-year partnership agreement.
Visionox Unveils Under-OLED Front Camera Solution
i-Micronews: Chinese OLED screen company Visionox is the first to present under-display selfie camera solution for mass-produces smartphones, Visionox Inv See:
Gpixel Announces 16.7MP BSI Scientific Sensor with 15um Pixels
Gpixel announces the further expansion of its GSENSE product family with the GSENSE1516BSI, a large format BSI CMOS sensor for high-end scientific applications. The sensor is designed around Gpixel’s 15 µm rolling shutter pixel, provides 4096 x 4096 resolution (16.
Panasonic Lumix S 20-60mm review
The Panasonic Lumix S 20-60mm f3.5-5.6 is a general-purpose zoom for the full-frame L-mount system. One of the smallest, lightest and most affordable L-mount lenses to date, it’s a great walk-around option with wider than average coverage.
Smartphone Sensor Size Race
Android Authority talks about a trend of increasing the sensor size in smartphone cameras:"Previously, it seemed impossible to stuff a sensor this large in a phone. Phones were just too small, and focus was put on making devices thinner and thinner.
Assorted News: Omnivision, Audi, AEye, Sense Photonics, ADI
Digitimes expects Omnivision to enjoy the high-resolution CIS boom starting later in 2020 on rising the popularity of high-spec smartphones and other mobile devices.
Tamron 28-200mm f2.8-5.6 Di III RXD preview
The Tamron 28-200mm f2.8-5.6 Di III RXD is an all-in-one zoom for Sony’s full-frame mirrorless cameras. It's lighter and more affordable than having both Tamron's 28-75mm f2.8 and 70-180mm f2.8, albeit lacking the constant f2.8 aperture.

 

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