PRNU Pattern is Not Unique Anymore
University of Florence, FORLAB, and AMPED Software, Italy, publish an interesting arxiv.org paper "A leak in PRNU based source identification? Questioning fingerprint uniqueness" by Massimo Iuliani, Marco Fontani, and Alessandro Piva.
Nikon Z 14-24mm f2.8 S review – preview
The Nikon Z 14-24mm f2.8 S is a professional ultra-wide angle zoom for Nikon’s full-frame Z-series mirrorless cameras. It’s the third native zoom with a fast f2.8 focal ratio and together with the Z 24-70mm and Z 70-200mm, completes the trinity of pro zooms for Nikon's Z system.
Photron CRYSTA High-Speed 2D Polarization Sensor
Photron explains its CRYSTA high-speed 2D polarization camera features and applications:   
Gpixel 16.8M BSI Sensor for Scientific Applications
Gpixel announces a new BSI 16.8MP (4096 x 4096) CMOS sensor, GSENSE4040BSI, with 9 μm × 9 μm pixels and an optical area of 36.8mm x 36.8mm. An intra-scene dynamic range of 85 dB is achieved by dual-gain 12bit HDR read out mode, together with a 39 ke– full well capacity and 2.
Sony A7C review – preview
The Sony A7C is a mid-range full-frame mirrorless camera with 24 Megapixels, 4k video up to 30p, built-in stabilisation, rangefinder styling and a fully-articulated touchscreen.
FSI vs BSI PDAF Pixels for 3D Imaging
MDPI paper "CMOS Depth Image Sensor with Offset Pixel Aperture Using a Back-Side Illumination Structure for Improving Disparity" by Jimin Lee, Sang-Hwan Kim, Hyeunwoo Kwen, Juneyoung Jang, Seunghyuk Chang, Jongho Park, Sang-Jin Lee, and Jang-Kyoo Shin from from KAIST and Kyungpook National Universit...
Junction-Free Photovoltaics
OSA Optics Express paper "Self-powered broadband photo-detection and persistent energy generation with junction-free strained Bi2Te3 thin films" by Bruno Lorenzi, Yoichiro Tsurimaki, Akihiro Kobayashi, Masayuki Takashiri, and Svetlana V.
Sony Unveils 9 New Sensors for Industrial Applications
Sony publishes flyers of 9 new sensors IMX535, IMX536, IMX537, IMX545, IMX546, IMX547, IMX565, IMX566, IMX567. The new sensors feature 2.
120+ dB Single Exposure DR CMOS Sensor
IS&T publishes a talk by Yasuyuki Fujihara, a PhD student at Tohoku University, Japan, on over 120dB DR 2-stage LOFIC sensor.
Ishikawa Lab's Optical Illusion Killer
Ishikawa Laboratory from the University of Tokio uses eye tracker to compensate for optical illusions:
How to photograph bees
Find how to take great photos of bees without dedicated macro gear or even leaving your home.
Strange IEEE Access Paper
IEEE Access publishes an open access paper "Explosive Growth of Image Sensors in Smart Government Technology and Economic Scale" by Zijiang Zhu, Bochen Fu, Sheng Zhou, and Weihuang Dai from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Wuhan Donghu University (China), and Hitotsubashi University (Japan).
Metaphotonic Computational Image Sensor
University of Washington, Seattle, webinar by Arka Majumdar presents the concept of Metaphotonic Computational Image Sensor:
Nordson Acquires vivaMOS
BusinessWire: Nordson has acquired vivaMOS which designs, develops and fabricates large-area X-ray CMOS sensors. vivaMOS was established in 2015 as a spinoff from the U.K.’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) with the aim of commercializing its X-ray image sensors.
LiDAR Technologies Review
ResearchInChina publishes "ADAS and AD Industry Chain Report, 2019-2020 -- LiDAR" report.
Panasonic Lumix S5 review
The Panasonic Lumix S5 is a mid-range full-frame mirrorless camera with 24 Megapixels, built-in stabilisation, a fully-articulated touchscreen and 10 bit 4k up to 60p. In my full review find out why the most affordable full-framer from Panasonic to date could also be it’s most compelling.
Workshop on Emerging Solutions for Imaging Devices, Circuits, and Systems
ESSCIRC and ESSDERC conferences host a 6 hour-long on-line Workshop on Emerging Solutions for Imaging Devices, Circuits, and Systems chaired by Matteo Perenzoni (FBK) and Albert Theuwissen (Harvest Imaging).
Melexis Reports 1M Automotive ToF Sensors Shipped
Melexis publishes an article on its history in automotive ToF imaging, starting from cooperation with Free University of Brussels (VUB), continuing with VUB spin-off Softkinetic that was acquired by Sony and renamed to Sony Depthsensing Solutions.
Melexis ToF Sensor Presentation
Melexis publishes its Autosens September 2020 presentation on driver and in-cabin monitoring with its new ToF QVGA sensor MLX75026:
GoPro Hero 9 Black review
The GoPro Hero 9 is the 2020 edition of the popular action camera series that’s also carved a successful niche in the vlogging and webcam Worlds.
Intel LiDAR Teardown Reveals BOM of $35.08
TechInsights publishes a teardown of Intel RealSense L515 LiDAR: "The Intel RealSense L515 is rated for indoor use and can provide depth measurements between 0.25 m and 9 m with a field of view of 70° x 55°.
Sony Considers Getting License to Keep Selling to Huawei
Nikkei Asian Review reports that Sony used to sells billions of dollars worth of smartphone image sensors to Huawei each year. Now, Sony is considering applying for a license to keep selling sensors to the Chinese company.Sony announces its technology initiatives at the briefing held on Sept.
Cameras Cost 13% of BOM in Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G
Counterpoint Research publishes its component analysis of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G. The cameras cost is $60.30 out of the $468 BOM."The device also features one of the most advanced camera sensors in a nicely integrated three-sensor module.
Tacoma, Chinese Image Sensor Fab, Went Bankrupt
Technode reports that "in July, Dekema (AKA Dekoma, Decoma, Tacoma), a Nanjing-based chipmaker backed by the local government, announced it was bankrupt because of “financial difficulties” in raising additional funds from investors.
NHK On-Line Exhibition
NHK holds on-line IBC exhibition on Sept. 8-11. The company presents a three-layer organic-film color image sensor among other stuff.
LiDAR News: Ouster, Aeva, ZF, Velodyne, SOS Lab
BusinessWire: Ouster raises $42M in a Round B funding.
Miscellaneous News: Omnivision, Geo, Teledyne-e2v, Brookman
BusinessWire: OmniVision and GEO Semiconductor announce a joint solution for rear-view cameras (RVCs), surround-view systems (SVS) and e-mirrors. This solution includes OmniVision’s OX03C10, that combines a large 3.0um pixel, HDR of 140dB, and LED flicker mitigation (LFM).
Vivo Claims to Improve Sensitivity by 160% with RGBW Sensor with Sparse RB Colors
SparrowNews, GizmoChina, PCPop, Sina Technology, PRNewswire: Vivo announces that a new RGBW sensor will be used in its smartphones next year. The sparse blue and red colors coding is said to increase the sensor sensitivity by 160% over the regular RGB.
First Sensor Talks about LiDAR Sensor Challenges
First Sensor presentation talks about challenges in LiDAR sensors design:
Photon Energy Attenuation Layer for Sensitivity Enhancement in Si Hard X-ray Sensors
Arxiv.org paper "Monte Carlo Modeling and Design of Photon Energy Attenuation Layers (PALs) for 10-30x Quantum Yield Enhancement in Si-based Hard X-ray Detectors" by Eldred Lee, Michael R. James, Kaitlin M. Anagnost, Zhehui Wang, Eric R.
Sony ToF Sensor Use Cases
Sony publishes a video suggesting few use cases for its DepthSense products:
3D Imaging Quality Standard
Metrology.news: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the US, together with standards body ASTM Committee E57, have released proceedings of a workshop, held in 2019, to define standards for 3D imaging systems for robots in manufacturing.
LIPS Unveils ToF Calibration Machine
LIPS designs ToF calibration machine for smartphone ToF modules:
Mediatek Creates AI that Creates Image Sensor Noise
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Yole on AI and Mass Surveillance
Yole Developpement report "Artificial intelligence and mass surveillance are pushing the camera and computing market to $38B in revenue by 2025" says: "Over the past five years, China has invested heavily in building its mass surveillance system.
Nikon Z 50mm f1.2 S review – preview
The Nikon Z 50mm f1.2 S becomes the third standard prime lens for Nikon’s full-frame Z-series mirrorless cameras. A popular focal length for street photography and general-purpose use, it features a bright f1.2 focal ratio. Find out more in our preview!… The post Nikon Z 50mm f1.
Ams and Vivo Unveil Broad Collaboration
BusinessWire: ams and vivo have collaborated at a strategic technology level for over five years.
Samsung Expands its 0.7um Sensor Lineup
 BusinessWire: Samsung introduces four new Samsung ISOCELL image sensors for its 0.7μm-pixel lineup; 108MP HM2, 64MP GW3, 48MP GM5, and 32MP JD1.
FBK MATLAB Model of SPAD-based Flash LiDAR
FBK publishes a MDPI paper "Numerical Model of SPAD-Based Direct Time-of-Flight Flash LIDAR CMOS Image Sensors" by Alessandro Tontini, Leonardo Gasparini, and Matteo Perenzoni.
Junction-Free Photovoltaics
OSA Optics Express paper "Self-powered broadband photo-detection and persistent energy generation with junction-free strained Bi2Te3 thin films" by Bruno Lorenzi, Yoichiro Tsurimaki, Akihiro Kobayashi, Masayuki Takashiri, and Svetlana V.
Contact Thermal Sensor with 10mK Sensitivity
Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, publishes a MDPI paper "Current-Mode Self-Amplified CMOS Sensor Intended for 2D Temperature Microgradients Measurement and Imaging" by Patrick M. Santos, Davies W. L. Monteiro, and Luciana P. Salles.
Korean Court Invalidates Samsung-Corephotonics Patent, US Court Upholds it
TheElec: Corephotonics-Samsung has withdrawn its patent violation claim against LG InnoTek after the validity of Corephotonics’ patents were rejected by South Korea’s IP Trail and Appeal Board (KIPO). Corephotonics prepares an appeal against the patent board’s judgment.
CIS Fab Equipment Spending Grows
PRNewswire: SEMI reports that fab equipment spending increases. Image sensors equipment spending is expected to rise 4% to US$3B in 2020 and jump 11% to US$3.4B in 2021.
Miscellaneous News: Omnivision, Geo, Teledyne-e2v, Brookman
BusinessWire: OmniVision and GEO Semiconductor announce a joint solution for rear-view cameras (RVCs), surround-view systems (SVS) and e-mirrors. This solution includes OmniVision’s OX03C10, that combines a large 3.0um pixel, HDR of 140dB, and LED flicker mitigation (LFM).
Tower Foundry Affected by Cyber Attack
GlobeNewsWire: Tower Semiconductor reports that the Company’s IT security systems identified a security incident on some of its systems as a result of a cyber event.
TiHive Raises $10M for THz Imaging Chip
ALA, EENewsEurope: TiHive, Grenoble, France, raises €8.6M ($10M) for its THz imager, including equity funding from an fund run by the European Commission. “The really cool thing is the EC has funded academic organisation or SMEs via grants but now have seen they go beyond that, so €2.
Sony Presentations at ECCV 2020
Sony publishes its presentations at on-line 2020 European Conference on Computer Vision.
Fujifilm XF 50mm f1.0 review so far
The Fujifilm XF 50mm f1.0 is a very bright prime lens for X-series mirrorless cameras, upon which it delivers short telephoto coverage that’s ideal for portraits. It’s also the first f1.0 lens with autofocus for mirrorless cameras.
Nuvoton Officially Becomes Image Sensor Maker
Nuvoton announces that the acquisition of semiconductor business of Panasonic has been completed. Following the completion of the Transfer, the business will be renamed as Nuvoton Technology Corporation Japan.
Smartsens Starts New Automotive Series with Two Sensors
BusinessWire: SmartSens announces two automotive CMOS sensors—SC100AT and SC410GS. The SC100AT and SC410GS are the first offerings in the SmartSens Automotive Series with AEC-Q100 certification and an HDR of up to 140dB.

 

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