ON Semi Demos Super-Exposure Technology
ON Semi demos its Hayabusa super-exposure technology for automotive HDR with LFM:
Omnivision Unveils 5MP RGB-IR Sensor for Laptops
PRNewswire: OmniVision announced the OV5678 said to be the industry’s first 5MP RGB-IR image sensor for 2-in-1 convertible laptops. This sensor enables a single camera with greater accuracy for IR Windows Hello facial authentication as well as RGB images for selfies and videoconferencing.
Omnivision Announces 2.8um HDR DCG Split Pixel with LED Flicker Mitigation
PRNewswire: OmniVision announces the OX01D10, a 1MP image sensor for automotive applications. This sensor brings together split-pixel and dual conversion gain (DCG) technology, artifact-free motion capture, HDR of up to 120dB, as well as LED flicker mitigation (LFM).
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Assorted News: Dialog, Nissan, San Francisco, NIT
Dialog Semiconductor announces its Configurable Mixed-signal Integrated Circuit (CMIC) device with industry-leading LDO regulator performance, the SLG51000. The SLG51000 features high PSRR and lowe output voltage noise and is aimed to power camera and sensor systems.
Light-In-Flight Capture
MDPI Sensors paper "Light-In-Flight Imaging by a Silicon Image Sensor: Toward the Theoretical Highest Frame Rate" by Takeharu Goji Etoh, Tomoo Okinaka, Yasuhide Takano, Kohsei Takehara, Hitoshi Nakano, Kazuhiro Shimonomura, Taeko Ando, Nguyen Ngo, Yoshinari Kamakura, Vu Truon Son Dao, Anh Quang Nguy...
Actlight Closes Series C Financing Round
PRNewswire: ActLight SA announces the closing of its Series C equity financing. The amount of raised money has not been not reported. Swisscom Venture served as the lead investor, along with investiere.ch, new investor Quan Funds and other private investors.
177dB Linear DR Camera
IEEE Photonics Journal publishes an open access paper "177 dB Linear Dynamic Range Pixels of Interest DSLR CAOS Camera" by Nabeel A. Riza and Mohsin A. Mazhar from University College Cork, Cork, Ireland.
Sheba Presents its MEMS AF and OIS Solution
Toronto, Canada-based Sheba Microsystems kindly sent me a presentation about its MEMS AF and OIS solution:
Hyperspectral Vision in Sea Depth
Science: "At a depth of 1000 meters, the last glimmer of sunlight is gone. But over the past 15 years, researchers have realized that the depths are pervaded by a faint bioluminescence from flashing shrimp, octopus, bacteria, and even fish.
SiOnyx vs Hamamatsu Lawsuit Outcome
Law360: The Boston, MA jury's verdict is said to be entirely in favor of SiOnyx LLC, the Black Silicon company, co-founded by Harvard professor Eric Mazur and the President and Fellows of Harvard College (see the previous post here). The jury found that U.S. subsidiary Hamamatsu Corp.
Lens Limitations
Edmund Optics presentation at Spectronet shows how the lens MTF limits imaging system performance:
Samsung Announces 64MP 21fps 0.8um Pixel Sensor for Smartphones
Samsung introduces two new 0.8μm pixel CMOS sensors – the 64MP Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 and 48Mp ISOCELL Bright GM2. With this, Samsung expands its 0.8μm image sensor lineup from existing 20MP to 64MP resolutions.
Zeiss Otus 100mm f1.4 review
The Zeiss Otus 100mm f1.4 is a high-end telephoto corrected for full-frame sensors and available in Canon EF and Nikon F mounts. It’s the fourth in the acclaimed Otus series, joining the 28mm, 55mm and 85mm models, all sharing the same f1.4 focal ratio, manual focusing and uncompromised optics.
Infineon on Automotive Imaging Components
Infineon Q2 FY19 presentation includes the company's vision of automotive vision components market:
Counterpoint on Smartphones: Triple Cameras to Reach 50% in 2021, 64MP Sensors This Year, 100MP Next Year
CounterpointResearch publishes its market forecast on smartphone market:We can expect smartphone OEMs to launch models with 64MP and more in H2 2019. In 2020, we expect smartphones with camera resolutions of 100MP and more.Huawei and Samsung are leading the adoption.
Finisar on 3D Sensing Solutions
VCSEL maker Finisar presents its view on 3D sensing solutions at Semicon China:
Sony Strategy
Sony held a corporate strategy meeting FY19 and set the directions for its CIS business:In imaging, Sony was able to deliver a stable supply of high value-added product to a market that is evolving not only toward higher resolution, but also toward multiple sensors per camera and larger sized sensor...
Ge-on-Si SPAD Sensors
Gerald Buller leading Single-Photon Group in Heriot Watt University, UK, presents Ge-on-Si SPAD devices which are supposed to solve the low IR detection efficiency problems of the regular Si-based SPADs:Recently, the group has published a Nature paper "High performance planar germanium-on-silicon si...
Sigma 28mm f1.4 Art review
The Sigma 28mm f1.4 Art is a medium wide-angle lens designed for full-frame bodies and available in Nikon F, Canon EF, Sony E and Sigma mounts, with the Leica L version arriving later in 2019. It joins Sigma's highly-respected Art series, filling a gap between their 24mm and 35mm options.
Oxford University Thesis on Single-Slope ADCs
University of Oxford PhD thesis "Investigations of time-interpolated single-slope analog-to-digital converters for CMOS image sensors" by Deyan Levski explores time stretching and other concepts improving SS-ADC resolution and speed:"The focus of the presented investigations here is to shed light on...
Sony and Microsoft to Cooperate in "Intelligent Image Sensor Solutions"
Reuters: Sony and Microsoft will partner on new innovations to enhance customer experiences in their direct-to-consumer entertainment platforms and AI solutions.As part of the memorandum of understanding, Sony and Microsoft will explore collaboration in the areas of semiconductors and AI.
Cadence Tensilica Vision Q7 DSP
Cadence expands the high end of its Tensilica Vision DSP IP family with the introduction of Vision Q7 delivering up to 1.82 tera operations per second (TOPS). Escalating demand for image sensors in edge applications is driving growth of the embedded vision market.
imec On- and Under-Display Large Area Image Sensors
Imec kindly sent me more info on its thin-film on-display image sensor that can be used for fingerprint or other scanning applications:
Optical Fingerprint News
Imec: Holst Centre, an innovation initiative of imec and TNO, has developed a large-area optical fingerprint sensor that is over 70% transparent for integrating on top of LCD displays.
OmniVision Announces Automotive ISP Featuring HDR with LED Flicker Mitigation
PRNewswire: OmniVision announces the OAX4010 automotive ISP featuring the new HDR and LFM Engine (HALE) combination algorithm.
HIDM - Chinese Image Sensor IDM
It has been a while since my previous post about Huaian Imaging Device Manufacturer Corp (HIDM). A lot more becomes known about the company and its business:"HiDM was founded in January 19, 2016, and the total investment is expected to exceed 50 billion RMB.
Emberion Graphene Imagers
A 2018 Emberion presentation gives quite a lot o information about the company's progress and products:An earlier 2017 presentation compares graphene sensors with incumbent technologies.
Himax Quarterly Update: Smartphone 3D Sensing, Low Power Imaging
SeekingAlpha: Himax Q1 2019 earnings call gives an update on its imaging business:"First on 3D Sensing business update. At present, Android smartphone’s front facing 3D sensing adoption is still hindered by the high hardware cost, long development lead time, and the lack of killer applications.
Polight Annual Report
Polight publishes its financial reports since its IPO at Oslo stock exchange last year.
Espros Emphasizes Multidisciplinary Nature of ToF Systems
Espros April newsletter promotes its ToF Academy courses and shows many knowledge areas needed for ToF system design:
2nd Editon of HDR Imaging Book by Arnaud Darmont
Caeleste: When Arnaud Darmont died in a tragic accident last year, he was working on a new edition of his book on HDR imaging.
AMS ToF Proximity Sensor in Huawei Phone
SystemPlus finds first ams d-ToF SPAD proximity sensor in Huawei Mate 20 Pro smartphone:"This year, ams started mass production of its proximity sensors based on SPAD technology and offer the solution to several customers.
Credit Suisse on Automotive CIS Market
Credit Suisse report "Asia Semiconductor Sector" dated by April 18, 2019 shows the market data for automotive CIS.
Magik Eye Announces Invertible Light 3D Sensing
BusinessWire: Magik Eye reveals Invertible Light, a new method for depth sensing that is said to enable the smallest, fastest and most power-efficient 3D sensing.
Emberion Article
InVision: Emberion publishes an article on its graphene-based image sensors:"The key features of the graphene-based VIS-SWIR sensor technology are the wide spectral response range, excellent sensitivity and noise performance, and large dynamic operation range.
ST Imaging Roadmap
ST 2019 Capital Markets Day brings us an update on the company's imaging business:
Oxford University Thesis on Log Sensors
Oxford University, UK, publishes a PhD Thesis "Integrating logarithmic wide dynamic range CMOS image sensors" by Mus'ab B Shaharom:"Conventional CMOS image sensors with a logarithmic response attempt to address the limited dynamic range of the linear digital image sensors by exploiting the subthresh...
MultiVu Raises $7M for 3D FaceID with Single Camera
PRNewswire, CTech: Isreal-based MultiVu, developing 3D imaging solutions using a single sensor and deep learning derived algorithms, announces the completion of a $7M seed round led by OurCrowd, Cardumen Capital and Hong Kong based investment firm Junson Capital.
TowerJazz Updates on its CIS Business
SeekingAlpha: TowerJazz quarterly earnings call gives an update on the company image sensor business:"Moving into the sensors business unit, which includes both our visual CMOS image sensors and non-visual sensors.
ON Semi HDR with LED Flicker Mitigation
ON Semi posts a video explaining its Hayabusa image sensor family Super-Exposure feature: HDR with LED flicker mitigation:
Autosens Expands in Hong Kong in 2020
In addition to the conferences in Brussels and Detroit, Autosens announces a third location for its yearly events - Hong Kong:
Samsung CIS Sales are $2.46b
BusinessKorea: "Although we presented our goal of becoming the No. 1 player in the system semiconductor sector in 2030, we don't want to wait that long in the sensor market," said Park Yong-in, EVP for Samsung’s sensor business.
IISW 2019 Program
International Image Sensor Workshop to be held in Snowbird, UT on June 24-27, 2019 publishes its program. There are 55 regular papers and 33 posters in the program this year.
Lidar Sampling ROIC
IEICE Electronics Express publishes Tianjin University, China, paper "A novel TDC/ADC hybrid reconstruction ROIC for LiDAR" by Xianzhao Xia, Mao Ye, Jiaji He, Kai Hu, and Yiqiang Zhao."A novel low complexity TDC/ADC hybrid reconstruction read-out circuit (ROIC) is proposed for LiDAR.
Canon RF 28-70mm f2L USM review so far
The Canon RF 28-70mm f2L USM is a general-purpose zoom for Canon’s EOS R full-frame mirrorless system boasting an industry-leading f2 focal ratio. It may miss out on the wider 24mm coverage of typical 24-70mm f2.8 zooms, but uniquely boasts an extra stop of aperture.
One More 2MP Automotive Sensor from Omnivision
PRNewswire: OmniVision announces the OV2312 automotive image sensor with multiple functions in one camera. The ability to capture both RGB and IR images with one GS sensor reduces the number of cameras and total system cost. The OV2312 features the 3.
Canon RF 85mm f1.2L USM review – preview
The Canon RF 85mm f1.2L USM is a short telephoto lens designed for the full-frame mirrorless EOS R system. The fifth native lens for the EOS R system, it’s primarily aimed at portraiture where the focal length delivers a flattering perspective and the fast f1.
Image Sensors in Mosul University, Iraq
AIMS Electronics and Electrical Engineering paper "Design and simulation of a CMOS image sensor with a built-in edge detection for tactile vision sensory substitution" by Mazin H. Aziz, and D.