Albert Theuwissen Reviews ISSCC 2019 - Part 3
Albert Theuwissen continues his ISSCC presentations review.
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G Features 6 Cameras
Samsung announces S10 generation of its flagship Galaxy phones, including the top of the range 5G model with ToF rear camera.
Trioptics Demos its Camera Module Tester
Trioptics video shows how its camera module tester for flexible low to mid volume production works:
ST ALS Senses Light Flicker
GlobeNewswire: STM releases a multispectral ambient light sensor (ALS) that simultaneously provides scene color temperature, ultra-violet (UVA) radiation level, and lighting frequency information.
Canon EF-M 32mm f1.4 STM review so far
The Canon EF-M 32mm f1.4 STM is a standard prime lens for the EOS M mirrorless system, delivering 51mm equivalent coverage coupled with a fast focal ratio that’s ideal for shallow depth-of-field effects.
Google Pixel 3 XL Cameras Cost Estimated at 14% of BOM
TechInsights publishes a teardown report of Google Pixel 3 XL smartphone with cameras taking 14.
MIT Sub-THz Imager
MIT researchers have developed a sub-terahertz-radiation receiving system that could help driverless cars see through fog and dust clouds.In a paper published online on Feb.
Canon EOS RP review – preview
The Canon EOS RP is an entry-level full-frame mirrorless camera with 26 Megapixels, an electronic viewfinder, fully-articulated touchscreen and cropped 4k video. Pitched at a lower-level than the EOS R, it’s Canon’s most affordable, not to mention lightest, full-frame body to date.
AIStorm Raises $13.2M to Develop AI-on-Sensor Technology
BusinessWire: San Jose, CA-based startup AIStorm raises $13.2M in Series A round from Egis Technology, TowerJazz, Meyer Corpo, and Linear Dimensions Semiconductor Inc.
Autosens Detroit Agenda
Autosens Detroit conference to be held on May 14-16, 2019 announces its agenda with a number of interesting imaging presentations:Infrared Camera Sensing for ADAS and Driverless Vehicles: Applications, Challenges and Design Considerations.
Multispectral CFA Fabrication With Grayscale Mask
University of Cambridge paper "Grayscale-to-color: Single-step fabrication of bespoke multispectral filter arrays" by Calum Williams, George Gordon, Sophia Gruber, Timothy Wilkinson, and Sarah Bohndiek proposes grayscal photolitography for multispectral color filter manufacturing:"Conventional camer...
Curve-One to Bring Curved Sensors to Market
Cea-Leti spin-off Curve-One startup aims to commercialize curved sensor technology and products:"Fruit of 6 years of research and development, the Curve-One Fish-Eye benefits from the most optimized process.
Photonics West Videos
Canon presents its current and future image sensor offerings:FLIR presents its new InGaAs cameras:Photron demos its polarized imaging use cases:PCO talks about sCMOS sensor evolution:
ON Semi Automotive Sensors in Challenging Lighting Transitions
ON Semi publishes a short video on its automotive CMOS sensor operation in challenging lighting transitions on the road:
Zeiss 25mm f2 Batis review
The Zeiss 25mm f2.0 Batis is a wide-angle prime lens designed for Sony’s mirrorless cameras, delivering a popular field-of-view that’s wider than 28mm without the distortion related to even wider options. In my review I’ve compared it against Sony’s more expensive but faster FE 24mm f1.
AI Facial Recognition: from Cats to Coins
Facial recognition technology finds more and more applications. reports that Baidu Brain engineer has incorporated AI into a nearly two-meter-tall shelter for abandoned cats.
Multiframe Super Resolution Zooms Comparison
Almalence compares its SuperSensor with Google Pixel 3 super resolution zoom.
Omnivision Announces 1/4-inch 8MP Sensor for Smartphones
PRNewswire: OmniVision announces the OV08B 8MP sensor featuring 1.12um pixel for the broad smartphone camera markets. This new image sensor supports mainstream selfie imaging, as well as multicamera configurations. The new sensor fits in 5.1 x 6.5mm fixed-focus modules for front-facing cameras.
Albert Theuwissen Reviews ISSCC 2019 - Part 2
The second part of Albert Theuwissen's review of image sensor session at ISSCC 2019 talks about “A Data Compressive 1.5b/2.
TowerJazz Reports Q4 Results
SeekingAlpha: TowerJazz quarterly earning report gives some info on its image sensor business:"Moving on to the sensors business, which includes both visual CMOS image sensors and non-visual sensors.
Himax Quarterly Update
Himax updates on its imaging business:"On CMOS image sensor business updates, we continue to make great progress with our machine-vision sensor product lines.
Canon EF-M 32mm f1.4 STM review so far
The Canon EF-M 32mm f1.4 STM is a standard prime lens for the EOS M mirrorless system, delivering 51mm equivalent coverage coupled with a fast focal ratio that’s ideal for shallow depth-of-field effects.
TrinamiX Managing Director on Distance Measuring
TrinamiX Managing Director Ingmar Bruder explains how organic solar cells can be used for 3D distance measuring:
Fujifilm XT30 review – preview
The Fujifilm X-T30 is a mid-range mirrorless, aimed at enthusiasts who want the quality and flexibility of the X-system, but in a smaller, lighter and more affordable package than the flagship X-T3. Indeed it becomes the second body to feature the 26 Megapixel X-Trans IV sensor.
Digitimes: Sales of Android Smartphones with ToF Camera to Reach 20M Units in 2019
Digitimes: Shipments of Android phones with 3D cameras are set to boom in 2019, propelled by the increasing adoption of rear ToF cameras, according to Digitimes Research.Oppo led all other Android phone makers with its rear ToF camera introduced in November 2018.
Adobe Unveils AI-based Demosaicing
Adobe presents AI-powered demosaic algorithm for Bayer and Fujifilm X-Trans CFAs:"...we’re introducing an all-new Sensei-powered feature, Enhance Details. Harnessing the power of machine learning and computational photography, Enhance Details...
Productive Use of Black Sun Effect
Finally, somebody found the use for black sun effect in a productive way. MDPI publishes Sungkyunkwan University, Korea paper "Accurate and Cost-Effective Micro Sun Sensor based on CMOS Black Sun Effect" by Rashid Saleem and Sukhan Lee.
Smartsens Announces 4MP 2um BSI Pixel Sensor
PRNewswire: After releasing a 4MP sensor with NIR-enhanced 3um pixels 2 months ago, Smartsens adds a similarly specked sensor with 2um pixels.
11 Myths about LiDARs
ElectronicDesign: Cepton CEO and co-founder Jung Pei presents 11 myths about LiDARs as a background to show the company advantages:LiDAR is a very high-tech solution.LiDAR is expensive.Solid-state LiDAR is the best approach because it has no moving parts.Flash LiDAR is the best LiDAR for imaging.
Sony 1.12um Pixel Reverse Engineering
Australian University of Adelaide group of researches publishes an interesting paper with further research of Sony IMX219PQ 1.
Melexis Launches High Operating Temperature Thermal Sensor Array
Melexis announces a new version of its FIR thermal sensor array with lower thermal noise compared to the current MLX90640, an increased refresh rate of 64 Hz and an elevated operating temperature up to 125 °C.
Omnivision Sensors for Medical Applications
Omnivision booth at SPIE BIOS EXPO 2019 shows a multitude of image sensor-based checks for a human body:
Sony Reports Lower Image Sensor Sales, Reduces Forecast
Sony quarterly earnings report reveals 8% YoY lower image sensor sales siting lower mobile image sensor demand. The next fiscal year forecast is reduced by 6%:FY18 Q3 sales decreased 8% year-on-year to 230.3 billion yen, primarily due to a decrease in unit sales of image sensors for mobile devices.
Apple Tests Sony ToF Camera for Integration into 2020 iPhone Models
Bloomberg: Apple plans to launch iPhones with a 15-feet range 3D rear camera as soon as in 2020, according to Bloomberg sources. Apple has been in talks with Sony about testing ToF sensors for the new system. The main use case for the 3D rear camera is AR applications.
Light Co. Signs Agreement with Sony
Globenewswire: Light Co. announces the agreement with Sony Semiconductor to jointly work on development and marketing of multi-image sensor solutions.
Omnivision Announces 32MP 0.8um Pixel Sensor for Smartphones
PRNewswire: OmniVision announces the OV32A, its first 0.8um pixel sensor with 32MP resolution. The new sensor is built on PureCel Plus stacked die technology and aimed to high-end smartphones.
Albert Theuwissen Reviews ISSCC Presentations - Part 1
Albert Theuwissen reviews two papers from ISSCC 2019 Image Sensor session held yesterday:1. Smartsens "A Stacked Global-Shutter CMOS Imager with SC-Type Hybrid-GS Pixel and Self-Knee Point Calibration Single-Frame HDR and On-Chip Binarization Algorithm for Smart Vision Applications" by C. Xu, Y.
AIStorm Patent Application
AIStorm sent me a nice summary of its recent press announcements:AIStorm addresses the enormous opportunity of enabling more 'intelligence' right at the edge of the network.1.
WKA - Last Call for Nominations
International Image Sensor Society Call for Nominations for the Walter Kosonocky Award nearing its deadline on February 18, 2019:"The Walter Kosonocky Award is presented biennially for THE BEST PAPER presented in any venue during the prior two years representing significant advancement in solid-stat...
Nikon Z 24-70mm f2.8 S review – preview
The Nikon Z 24-70mm f2.8 S is a general-purpose pro zoom designed for Nikon’s full-frame Z-series mirrorless cameras. The first zoom in the Z series with an f2.8 focal ratio, it also features a dedicated focusing ring, custom button and OLED display.
More about AIStorm
Venturebeat, ElectronicsWeekly, EETimes report more details on AIStorm AI-on-Sensor startup:AIStorm has been founded in 2011 and has been in stealth mode till the recent announcement of $13.2M round A financing.AIStorm’s patented chip design is capable of 2.
Xenomatix Raises 5M Euros
De Rijkste Belgen newspaper reports that LiDAR startup Xenomatix raises 5M euros. 2M euros comes through the conversion of a bond loan, while 3M is a fresh investment by Carl Van Hool and AGC Automotive Europe, a part of Asahi Japan.
Smartsens Interview
Electronic Design publishes an interview with Leo Bai, SmartSens’ AI BU General Manager. Few quotes:"...single-frame HDR Global Shutter technology is better for image-recognition-based AI applications than conventional CMOS image sensors that use Multiple-Exposure HDR technology.
Sony FE 85mm f1.4 GM review
Sony's FE 85mm f1.4 GM is a high-end prime lens for its mirrorless cameras. The short telephoto focal length and bright f1.4 focal ratio make it ideal for portraits and the de-clickable aperture ring is ideal for video work.
ADAS to Double Automotive Image Sensor Shipments by 2023
Counterpoint Research forecasts the demand for image sensors for passenger cars globally to double by 2023.
LG Smartphone to Integrate Inifineon ToF Camera for FaceID
PRNewswire: LG, Infineon, and PMD have teamed up to introduce ToF camera in the LG G8 ThinQ smartphone. Infineon's REAL3 image sensor chip will be integrated into the front-facing camera of the upcoming LG G8 ThinQ.
Fairchild Imaging Unveils sCMOS 3.0 Sensors Featuring BSI & DTI
Fairchild Imaging is introducing two new 4/3” 10MP sensors, LTN4323 and MST4323, the first to feature sCMOS 3.0 technology. The monochrome LTN4323 (for scientific and industrial cameras) has 0.7e read noise.
Omnivision Announces Medical ISP, Endoscopic Reference Design
PRNewswire: OmniVision announces an expansion of its OVMed medical ISP family, designed for quick integration into single-use and reusable endoscopes as well as catheters.
10 LiDAR Companies
Arstechnica publishes an article "How 10 leading companies are trying to make powerful, low-cost lidar" by Timothy Lee:"...over the last year, I've gotten a steady stream of pitches from lidar companies, and I've talked to as many of them as I could.
Pixel Variations under Microscope