Correction to Omnivision's Interview
Omnivision asked me to correct a part of Yole Developpement interview that talks about its relationship with Will Semiconductor:"PC: Since the change in shareholders two years ago, can you explain to our readers what has changed for the company?MW: Our IPO on the Nasdaq Exchange was in 2000.
Kingpak Compares Automotive CIS Packages
Kingpak presentation on automotive image sensor packaging compares the company's BGA offerings with competition:
e2v Announces 11MP APS-C Sensor Capable of 4K 710fps Video
Teledyne e2v announces a new 11MP sensor in its Lince family. The Lince11M is designed for applications that require 4K resolution at very high shutter speed. It uniquely combines 4K resolution at 710fps in APS-C format or or 1400fps when windowing in full HD resolution.
Samsung Mid-Range Phone Features 4 Rear Cameras
Samsung Galaxy A9 mobile phone features 4 rear cameras:
Nikon Z 24-70mm f4S review so far
The Nikon Z 24-70mm f4S is a general-purpose zoom for Nikon’s Z-format full-frame mirrorless cameras. The lens features a constant f4 focal ratio, fast and quiet focusing, and a compact design that’s a perfect match for Z bodies.
Photonics Spectra on Emerging Image Sensor Applications
Photonics Spectra publishes an article "Emerging Applications Drive Image Sensor Innovations" Hank Hogan. Few quotes:"Vendors are responding by increasing sensor spectral range, integrating new capabilities into devices, and adding features such as 3D imaging.
Gigabit Random Number Generator Based on 24MP 30fps Image Sensor
James Hughes and Yash Gupta from UCSC present their idea of Gigabit random number generator for cryptography:
A Curious Engineer Overturns Waymo Key LiDAR Patent
Ars Technica: Following a complaint by Eric Swildens, the USPTO has rejected all but three of 56 claims in Waymo's US9368936 patent. The USPTO found that some claims replicated technology described in an earlier patent from Velodyne, while another claim was simply "impossible" and "magic.
Rode VideoMic Me-L review
The Rode VideoMic ME-L is a small microphone designed for iPhones with Lightning ports. It's aimed at vloggers, interviewers and musicians who want to capture higher quality audio than the phone's built-in microphone.
IEDM 2018 Image Sensor Papers
IEDM 2018 to be held on Dec. 1-5 in San Francisco publishes a list of accepted papers with an interesting image sensor stuff:High Performance 2.5um Global Shutter Pixel with New Designed Light-Pipe StructureToshifumi Yokoyama, TowerJazz Panasonic Semiconductor Co.Back-Illuminated 2.
Sony Officially Announces Polarization Imagers
Sony officially unveils IMX250MZR / MYR polarization sensitive image sensors. The IMX250MZR monochromatic version is available now, while color IMX250MYR is expected to be available in December 2018. The 5.07MP sensors use 3.
Fujifilm GFX 50R review – preview
The Fujifilm GFX 50R is a rangefinder-styled medium format mirrorless camera with 50 Megapixels and a built-in electronic viewfinder. It’s thinner and lighter than the original GFX 50S but sports the same quality.
RED 16x8K 60fps Super 35mm Sensors VR Camera
RED introduces a camera for shooting immersive 360 degree VR content featuring 16 fish eye cameras with 8K 60fps Super 35mm Helium sensor each (active area 29.9 x 15.77mm2, 3.65um pixels).
Isorg Raises €24M to Ramp Up Large-Scale Production
ALA News: Isorg, a maker of printed organic photodetectors and large-area image sensors, raises €24M in a Series B round.
Fujifilm Instax SQ20 review – preview
The Fujifilm Instax SQ20 is an instant camera which uses the Install Square format. Like the SQ10, it’s a digital model, letting you view images on-screen and edit them before deciding whether to print. New features include frame-grabbing from video and a 4x digital zoom.
Fujitsu Presents 1,000:1 Image Compression for Driverless Cars
Nikkei: Fujitsu unveils an image compression technology that reduce the file size to 0.1% of the original one, aimed to self-driving applications.The new algorithm is said to compress data with 1,000:1 ratio, while still maintaining its usability for AI ML algorithms.
Autosens Awards 2018
Autosens announces its 2018 Awards in a number of categories:Most Engaging Content:First place: Junko Yoshida, EE TimesSilver award: Marco Jacobs, videantisSilver award: Stephan Giesler, 2025ADHardware Innovation:First place: Robert BoschSilver award: Renesas ElectronicsSilver award: OmniVision Tech...
Omnivision Combines ULL with Nyxel in 2MP Sensor, Introduces NIR SNR1 Metric
PRNewswire: OmniVision announces the OS02C10, a 2.9um, 2MP sensor with ultra-low-light (ULL) technology. Combining ULL with Nyxel NIR technology, the OS02C10 can detect incident light in both visible and NIR wavelengths and produce color and monochrome images for security applications.
TI whitepaper "DLP DMD Technology: LIDAR ambient light reduction" proposes to use the company's DLP chip in LiDAR:
Light-Controlled Polymers
Finland's Tampere University of Technology (TUT) is developing light-controlled materials that change their shape, length or thickness in response to light.
RoboSense Announces China’s Largest-ever Round of Financing for a LiDAR Company
PRNewswire, Thomas-PR: RoboSense announces the completion of China’s largest-ever single round of financing for a LiDAR company – a combined investment of over $45 million (RMB 300 million). The investors include Cainiao Smart Logistics Network Ltd.
Yole Presentations at Photonics Executive Forums
Yole Developpement publishes its presentations at CIOE Photonics Executive Forums (requires free registration to download):"3D sensing for consumer: the game changing interface" by Pierre Cambou"The automotive market will shape the future of LiDAR - The multi-billion dollars opportunity" by Guillaum...
Color Night Vision Image Sensor Supplier Revealed
San Diego-based image sensor distributor AlliedSens reveals that Brookman 1.3MP BT130C and 2MP BT200C are used in Japanese color night vision cameras, such as this one.
Assorted News
Science Magazine publishes a paper on wideband light sensing device "Ultrabroadband photosensitivity from visible to terahertz at room temperature" by Dong Wu, Yongchang Ma, Yingying Niu, Qiaomei Liu, Tao Dong, Sijie Zhang, Jiasen Niu, Huibin Zhou, Jian Wei, Yingxin Wang, Ziran Zhao, and Nanlin Wang...
e2v Sampling 8.9MP 2/3-inch Global Shutter Sensor
Teledyne e2v announces that samples are now available for Emerald 8M9, the newest member of the Emerald CMOS sensor family dedicated to machine vision and Intelligent Traffic System (ITS) applications.Emerald 8M9 features a 2.8µm global shutter pixel and provides a 8.
Artilux and TSMC Develop Ge-on-Si ToF Sensor
Taiwan-based Artilux' paper "Proposal and demonstration of lock-in pixels for indirect time-of-flight measurements based on germanium-on-silicon technology" by N. Na, S.-L. Cheng, H.-D. Liu, M.-J. Yang, C.-Y. Chen, H.-W. Chen, Y.-T. Chou, C.-T. Lin, W.-H. Liu, C.-F. Liang, C.-L. Chen, S.-W. Chu, B.
Omnivision Applies for Patent on Cross-type PDAF with Dual-PD
Omnivision patent application US20180249105 "Image Sensor with Two-Dimensional Split Dual Photodiode Pairs" by Gang Chen, Qin Wang, Duli Mao, and Lindsay Grant proposes cross-type PDAF pixels that are also used for a regular image sensing:
Photokina 2018 show report
Every two years the photography world gathers at Photokina in Cologne, Germany, to show off their latest products and unveil their plans for the future.
Panasonic, Fujitsu ToF Sensors
Panasonic is developing a 3D ToF image sensor for AI-based advanced driver monitoring systems. The ToF image sensor has 5.6um pixel optimized for high sensitivity at 940nm wavelength to operate under bright sunlight.
Oculus Quest Features 4 Wide-Angle Cameras
Facebook Oculus announces its next generation stand-alone VR headset - Oculus Quest.
TechInsights: iPhone XS Max Cameras Cost More than Last Year's Model
TechInsights iPhone XS Max teardown has been updated with the cost analysis of the new model vs the last year iPhone X:Components cost estimationApple iPhone XS MaxA1921Apple iPhone XA1091Applications Processor/Modems$72.00$66.22Battery$9.00$6.46Connectivity & Sensors$18.00$17.11Cameras$44.
Panasonic Lumix S1R review – preview
The Panasonic Lumix S1R is a full-frame mirrorless camera with 47 Megapixels, built-in stabilisation and 4k 60p video. Launched alongside the 24 Megapixel Lumix S1, they’re the debut bodies in a new L-mount alliance with Leica and Sigma.
Omnivision Unveils 2 Global Shutter Sensors with 3um Pixels
PRNewswire: OmniVision announces two new additions to its family of global shutter sensors—the OG02B1B/OG02B10 and the OV9285. These new sensors are aimed to be cost-effective solutions for consumer and industrial machine vision applications.
ActLight DPD Achieves Single-Photon Sensitivity
PRNewswire: ActLight, a Swiss technology startup developing Dynamic PhotoDiodes (DPDs), announces that the results of its internal tests performed on its most recent technology developments show a device sensitivity that reached the single photon level.
TowerJazz Adds 65nm to its ITAR Compliant Process Family, 45nm to Follow
GlobeNewswire: TowerJazz announces ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) compliant processes now include 65nm technology access for next-generation ROICs, enabling essential military and space applications critical to national defense.
Omnivision on Merging with Will Semi, Manufacturing Partners, Pixel Shrink
Yole Developpement publishes an interview with Michael Wu, SVP Global Marketing and Sales at OmniVision. Few interesting quotes:Update: The quote below has been edited according to Omnivision's request on Oct. 15, 2018:"Our IPO on the Nasdaq Exchange was in 2000. In 2016, we went private.
Apple Sued for Dual Camera Patent Infringement
AppleInsider: California residents Yanbin Yu and Zhongxuan Zhang filed a lawsuit alleging Apple infringed on their US6611289 patent in the company's dual-camera mobile phones, such as iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max.
3D Face ID for Fish
Bloomberg BusinessWeek: Cermaq Group AS in Norway has developed a 3D face recognition for salmon fish, based on the distinct pattern of spots around their eyes, mouth and gills.
poLight Completes a Successful IPO
poLight has completed a successful IPO at Oslo Stock Exchange on Oct. 1, 2018. The company has raised 130m NOK (about $15.5m).
Polarization Sensing in LWIR Band
KB ViTA kindly sent me an info about their latest LWIR camera that senses polarization:"It all was started with the fact KB ViTA has developed a very sensitive thermal imaging module VLM640, which had a sensitivity of at least 20 mK in 8 — 12 µm band.
Espros Delivers its ToF Sensors for Hypersen LiDAR
Espros September 2018 Newsletter announces that the company has signed a contract with Hypersen Technologies (Shenzhen) Co. to supply them with a mass delivery of the TOF epc635 imagers. The epc635 sensors run Hypersen's recently launched solid-state LiDAR (HPS-3D Series).
LiDAR Startup Aeva Raises $45m
Wired, Verge, Axios: Mountain View, CA-based automotive LiDAR startup Aeva demos its coherent LiDAR prototype and announces $45m round A financing. The company was founded by two ex-Apple engineers in 2017.
Valeo Shows In-Car Camera Use Cases
Valeo shows how inside car cameras can be useful in various scenarios:
IHS Markit Estimates iPhone Xs Max Cameras Cost at $51.10
IHS Markit estimates Apple iPhone Xs Max camera components cost at $51.
Apple Applies for Patent on Image Sensor Having FWC Beyond Photodiode Capacity
Apple keeps filing continuation applications for its stacked pixel patent filed more than 4 years ago. The most recent continuation is named "Image Sensor Having Full Well Capacity Beyond Photodiode Capacity" by Xiaofeng Fan.
Pioneer Rolls Out LiDAR Lineup, Presents Roadmap
Pioneer announces that from late September, the company will sequentially start shipping three types and four models of 3D-LiDAR sensors, which adopt the MEMS mirror method and differ in measurement distance: “Telescopic LiDAR”, “Medium-range LiDAR” and “Short-range LiDAR.
ID Quantique Announces Quantum RNG Chip
Geneva, Switzerland-based ID Quantique launches the fruit of its cooperation with SK Telecom - an image sensor-based Quantum Random Number Generator (QRNG) chip - Quantis."At its core, the QRNG chip contains a light-emitting diode (LED) and an image sensor.
CIS Noise Tutorial
TWEPP Conference publishes Guy Meinants' (AMS) presentation "Low Noise Global Shutter Pixels And Readout Circuits For CMOS Image Sensors.
TechInsights: Apple Increases Number of PDAF Pixels in New iPhones
TechInsights teardown of iPhone Xs reveals that:"Our early camera teardown effort has been focused on the 12 MP resolution wide-angle camera, promoted as a new, larger sensor with bigger, deeper pixels. The iPhone XS Max wide-angle camera chip is a stacked imager sourced from Sony and features a 7.
Film-Based Light Sensing Review
University of Toronto repo publishes a Nature paper from January 2017 "Solution-processed semiconductors for next-generation photodetectors" by F. Pelayo García de Arquer, Ardalan Armin, Paul Meredith, and Edward H. Sargent."Efficient light detection is central to modern science and technology.