Dynamic Photodiodes Said to Save Power in Heartrate Sensors
PRNewswire: Switzerland-based ActLight presents its Heartrate Sensor for wearables, said to reduce power consumption by 80% compared to what is currently available on the market, while delivering the same performance.
Cameras are 9.25% of Samsung Galaxy S8 Cost
TechInsights completes its teardown report of Samsung Galaxy S8, and publishes an estimation of the phone's BOM. The cameras are about 9.
Image Sensor Reliability, Variations, and Drifts over Time
Albert Theuwissen has a unique experience with image sensor statistics and their parameters changing over time when his students run through the same devices characterization, course after course, year after year.
Reuters Says that Sony Image Sensors Cost is Lower than Expected
Reuters: Sony revises upward its annual profit estimation, in part due to the lower costs in its image sensor business. The official annual results for the company's fiscal year ended on March 31, 2017 are to be announced on April 28.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Teardown Reveals Stand-Alone ISP, Iris Scanner Internals
TechInsights publishes Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone reverse engineering article listing Samsung S5C73C3 image processors among the other chips on the PCB.
Sony Unveils Full-Frame Stacked Sensor
Sony presents a new A9 flagship full-frame ILC featuring 24MP stacked sensor. The stacking allows:up to 20 fps speed,viewfinder or display blackout-free shooting,up to 60 AF/AE tracking calculations per second,silent vibration-free electronic shutter speeds up to 1/32000 sec.
Panasonic Lumix TZ90 / ZS70 preview
Panasonic's Lumix TZ90, or ZS70 as it's known in North America, is the latest in the company's enormously successful line of pocket travel zooms. It packs a 30x / 24-720mm range, 20 Megapixels, 4k video, a tilting touchscreen and built-in EVF.
3D Imaging and AF Application Drive VSCEL Market
Yole Developpement IR light sources analysis shows that VCSEL market is set for a high growth due to wide adoption of 3D imaging and active ToF AF systems:
Human Color Vision Enhanced to 4 Colors
Electrons and Holes: University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers come up with an idea that potentially can kick-start a market for 4 or more color image sensors (and displays) instead of today's RGB ones.
IISW 2017 Agenda
IISW to be held in Hiroshima, Japan on May 30-June 2, 2017 publishes its preliminary program. There are more than 100 image sensor papers, some of them quite surprising. Here are just some of the surprises:Qualcomm works together with TSMC on a stacked image sensor design:R02.
Nikon D7500 preview
The D7500 is Nikon's latest upper mid-range DSLR, successor to the D7200 and slotting between the D5600 and D500. It inherits the 20.9 Megapixel sensor and image processor of the D500, to deliver the same image quality and 4k video.
Panasonic Lumix FZ80 / FZ82 review
Panasonic's Lumix FZ80 / FZ82 is a super-zoom camera with a 60x / 20-1200mm range, 18 Megapixels and 4k video. The screen's now touch-sensitive and both it and the viewfinder are more detailed than before. There's also 1080p at 120fps and USB charging.
Automotive Imaging Market
Smithers Apex publishes its forecast on automotive imaging market:
Rockchip Pitches its SoC Imaging Capabilities
China-based Rockchip mobile SoC maker keeps emphasizing its imaging and vision capabilities in this promotional video:Left pics are shot by vision coprocessor RK1608 based smartphone while the right ones are shot by a 8000RMB high-end smartphone.
Teledyne e2v Wins Bronze Innovators Award at Vision Systems Design 2017
Teledyne e2v has won a Vision Systems Design Innovators Bronze Award in recognition of its Emerald CMOS sensor family. The Emerald CMOS sensor family features the world’s smallest true global shutter and significantly improves DSNU by a factor of ten when compared to other CMOS products.
Ambarella Introduces 1.5W 4Kp30 SoCs
BusinessWire: Ambarella introduces the S5L and S5LM SoC families for 4K IP security cameras. The S5L is designed for professional IP cameras and includes 4K HDR processing, multi-streaming, on-chip lens distortion correction, and dual video inputs.
Automotive LiDAR Testing Facility
Self Driving Track Days: While today's automotive LiDARs and Radars are still unable to provide a required 300-500m range, the autonomous driving algorithms need to be tested and ready for the future fully-capable LiDARs. The UK company offers a solution:Babbacombe Model Village (www.model-village.
ARM Announces 24b HDR Imaging and Vision Co-Processor
Anandtech: ARM announces Mali-C71 ultra-wide dynamic range (UWDR) ISP with up to 24 stops DR for automotive camera applications. It removes noise and processes the multiple exposures from the camera, creates an ultra-WDR frame and sends it across to a display or a computer vision engine.
Need for Speed in Thermal Sensors
SPIETV publishes FLIR presentation on fast thermal imagers and their applications:
Strategy Analytics on ADAS Camera Market
Strategy Analytics presentation dated by Sept.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Rear Camera Teardown
TechInsights posted a teardown info on Galaxy S8 rear camera. The 12MP stacked dual pixel image sensor has been identified as one made by Sony, probably IMX333. Other Galaxy S8 phones might contain Samsung-made sensors.The absence of dual camera in a flagship phone is said to save about $12.
KAUST Interview with Eric Fossum
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia publishes an interview with Eric Fossum on CMOS sensor invention history and Quanta image sensor:
Sony Alpha A9 review-in-progress
Sony's Alpha A9 is a new flagship mirrorless camera with a 24 Megapixel full-frame sensor and fully electronic shutter featuring 20fps shooting, silent operation, 1/32000 shutter, 4k video, dual SD slots, bigger battery, touchscreen and AF joystick.
Yole on Mobile Camera Trends
Yole Developpement publishes an article on mobile phone camera trends. Few quotes:"First, it seems that in the recent years Apple has slowed down its innovation drive on the camera side, so competitors have been able to move ahead.
Samsung Files New Batch of Color Splitter Patent Applications
Samsung files another bunch of color splitter patent applications:US20170098672 "Image sensor including color separation element" by Seokho Yun, Sookyoung Roh, Sunghyun Nam,US20170097510 "Image sensor and method of manufacturing the same" by Jinseung Sohn,US20170090206 "Color splitter structure, met...
ON Semi Demos LED Flicker Reduction
ON Semi demos its AR0231LFM automotive image sensor with LED flicker mitigation:
Dark Current Blooming
ISAE, CEA and Toulouse University publish a paper on an well known but rarely discussed effect of "Dark Current Blooming in Pinned Photodiode CMOS Image Sensors" by Jean-Marc Belloir, Jean-Baptiste Lincelles, Alice Pelamatti, Clémentine Durnez, Vincent Goiffon, Cédric Virmontois, Philippe Paillet,...
Mediatek Brags About 10-Frame Fast PDAF+AE+WB with Helio X30 SoC
Mediatek publishes a X30 processor presentation video claiming it's able to achieve PDaf, AE and WB in just 10 frames. The only unknown here is the frame rate during the the PDAF, AE and WB stage.The Helio X30 SoC camera features:Imagiq 2.
Omnivision Abandons Superpix Acquisition
Reuters: Ingenic Semiconductor, the name under which Omivision is reportedly traded at Shezhen stock market in China, has canceled acquisition of Superpix as it failed to get an approval from China Securities Regulatory Commission.
MIPI CSI-2 v2.0 Released
BusinessWire: MIPI Alliance announces a major release of its Camera Serial Interface (CSI-2) v2.0.Key MIPI CSI-2 v2.
MIT Time-Encoded Lensless Image Sensor
Nuit Blanche: MIT team presents an interesting concept of lensless camera in arxiv.org paper "Lensless Imaging with Compressive Ultrafast Sensing" by Guy Satat, Matthew Tancik, and Ramesh Raskar.
ULIS Launches Its First 12um Thermal Sensor
ALA: ULIS announces the launch of Atto320, the first in a family of 12um pixel, stand-alone, image sensors. Other 12um products are sold either as modules or thermal camera cores, where access to the thermal image sensor’s performance parameters is restricted.
$60 Smartphone Features 4 Cameras
DeviceSpecifications: Bluboo D1 smartphone to be released later this month features dual front and rear cameras and will be priced at $60. The company page says that the dual rear camera combines Sony 8MP and 2MP sensors, while the front camera has 5MP and VGA sensors.
Sony to Introduce 100MP and 150MP Medium Format BSI Sensors in 2018
ArmDevices interviews Sony representative on large format 100MP sensor in PhaseOne camera. Sony roadmap in the video promises 100MP and 150MP medium format BSI sensors to be introduced in 2018:Update: As Reddit user sissipaska noted, the 150MP MF roadmap is available on the official Sony site.
Cadence Vision DSP Certified as Khronos OpenVX 1.1 Conformant
Cadence Tensilica Vision P-Series DSPs are said to be the first imaging/vision DSPs to pass Khronos Group’s conformance tests for the OpenVX 1.1 spec.
PCO Compares Image Sensors DR
PCO DR whitepaper compiles a table comparing various image sensors DR.
Academic and University News
Prof. Shen Guozhen’s Group in Institute of Semiconductors, Chinese Academy of Sciences, with their collaborators in Hong Kong University of Science and Technology developed a flexible UV image sensor based on ZnO quantum dots (QDs) decorated ZTO nanowires (NWs).
Analog Devices "Material Sensing Platform"
Analog Devices one more time demos its IR spectrometer-based Material Sensing Platform for smartphones, developed together with Consumer Physics. The previous demo is here.
Mobileye CEO Demos Self-Driving Car
Mobileye CEO and Co-Founder Ziv Aviram demos his company self-driving car in the 360-deg surround video:The full presentation at YPO Edge 2017 held in Vancouver, Canada can be seen here.
Fujifilm SQ10 preview
The Fujifilm SQ10 is the latest in the line of Instax cameras which can output small instant prints. It's the first model in the series to output square photos and the first to employ a digital sensor and screen. Images are captured with a 3.
Yole on 3D Imaging Market
Yole Developpement releases report "3D Imaging and Sensing 2017." Few quotes from the flyer:"In 2016 3D imaging & sensing devices became quite significant business wise, generating more than $1.3B in revenue.
Algolux Presents its ISP Tuning Solution
Canadian startup company Algolux presents its ISP image quality tuning solution based on machine learning:
Himax Invests in Emza Visual Sense
GlobeNewsWire: Himax makes a strategic investment in cash in exchange for a 45.1% equity ownership of Emza Visual Sense Ltd. (“Emza”), with a one-year option to acquire the remaining 54.9% of Emza’s equity and all outstanding stock options.
Sony Unveils Automotive HDR Sensor with LED Flicker Reduction
PRNewswire: Sony announces a 2.45MP 1/2.7-inch CMOS sensor for automotive cameras, the IMX390CQV. Sony will begin shipping samples in May 2017.
ON Semi Expands EMCCD Product Range
BusinessWire: ON Semi is expanding its portfolio of IT-EMCCDs to target not only low-light industrial applications such as medical and scientific imaging, but also commercial and military applications for high-end surveillance.The new 4MP KAE-04471 uses larger 7.
Automotive LiDAR Market Trends
Semiconductor Engineering publishes an article on automotive LiDAR market and trends. Few quotes:"Technavio forecasts the worldwide automotive LiDAR sensors market will see a compound annual growth rate of more than 34% up to 2020.
Omnivision Announces Two Sensors for Security Applications
PRNewsWire: OmniVision announces the OS02A, a new large 4um pixel sensor for security cameras. Built on OmniVision's PureCel technology, the OS02A is OmniVision's first image sensor with a ½-inch optical format capable of capturing 1080p video at 60 fps with staggered HDR.
ON Semi Unveils 2.2um BSI Pixel Platofrm for Security Applications
BusinessWire: ON Semiconductor unveils AR0521 CMOS sensor – the first imaging product based on a 2.2μm BSI pixel platform for security and surveillance applications.The AR0521 is a 1/2.
Artificially Intelligent Imaging Lecture
Fayçal Saffih, University of Waterloo, delivers a lecture "Artificially Intelligent Imaging (AI2): CMOS Imaging & Standard CMOS moving together in 3D Nanoscale Integration and even impacting PV's" at Nanotech' 2017 Conference held in Dubai on April 3, 2017:
Sigma 135mm f1.8 Art review
The Sigma 135mm f1.8 ART is a mid-length telephoto lens with a bright aperture, available in Canon, Nikon or Sigma mounts. It's corrected for full-frame DSLRs and works on Sony's mirrorless bodies with an adapter.

 

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