Espros on ToF Camera Calibration
Espros distributors Pacer (UK) and Aprizes (China) publish Espros application notes on ToF camera calibration.
ADI LiDAR Lecture
Analog Devices' Fellow Ron Kapusta presents the company's solutions for LiDARs:
VIAVI Files 3D Sensing Patent Infringement Complaints Against LG Electronics, LG Innotek, and Optrontec
PRNewswire: Viavi Solutions files a patent infringement complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission ("ITC") to initiate an investigation against LG Electronics, LG Electronics U.S.A., LG Innotek, and Optrontec.
Avalanche PD Thesis
University of Trento, Italy, publishes PhD Thesis "Application of Avalanche Detectors in Scientific and Industrial Measurement Systems" of Andrea Ficorella.
Goodix Nominated for Most Respected Public Semiconductor Company Award
Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) announces its 2019 award nominations with Goodix listed for Most Respected Public Semiconductor Company Achieving $500M to $1B in Annual Sales:
Free 1995 CCD Book
Albert Theuwissen makes his 1995 book "Solid-State Imaging with Charge-Coupled Devices" available for a free download on this link.
IRay Demos its 1.3MP Microbolometric Camera
China-based IRay publishes a short video from its 12um pixel microbolometric thermal sensor:
TowerJazz Q3 2019 Earnings Call
SeekingAlpha: TowerJazz updates on its image sensor business during its quarterly earnings call:"Looking at our sensor business, we have new projects in the pipeline with large customers on our 65-nanometre global shutter platform that we expect will materialize towards the end of next year.
Cameralabs Cafe Podcast episode 003
The Cameralabs Cafe podcast returns where Gordon and Doug discuss the health and future of the Micro Four Thirds system, take a look at the new Olympus OMD EM5 III and revisit the Lumix G9 which keeps getting better! So grab a drink and join us in the Cameralabs Cafe for a catch-up of all the photog...
Omnivision Unveils VGA GS Sensor with Lightguide
PRNewswire: OmniVision announces a 3um pixel OV7251-2B global shutter sensor with shutter efficiency of 99.96% for machine vision applications.
Contamination at Samsung 8" Giheung Fab
BusinessKorea reports that Samsung foundry was affected by defects at its Giheung fab that manufactures 90nm image sensors among other products. "The defects were caused by the use of contaminated equipment on an 8-inch wafer line located in Samsung Electronics' Giheung Plant in Korea.
Trieye SWIR Sensor Wins CES Innovation Awards
PRNewswire: Israeli SWIR startup TriEye wins two CES 2020 Innovation Awards. TriEye's technology was selected as a recipient in the Embedded Technologies category, as well as Vehicle Intelligence and Transportation.
SPW 2019 Materials
Single Photon Workshop held in Politecnico di Milano, Italy, on Oct 21-25, 2019 publishes a book of its extended abstracts.
Samyang AF 35mm f1.4 FE review
The Samyang AF 35mm f1.4 FE is a mild wide-angle prime lens for Sony's Alpha mirrorless cameras. Announced in 2017, it offers a bright aperture with autofocus and is priced below the Sony FE 35mm f1.4 ZA, FE 35mm f1.8 or even the FE 35mm f2.8 ZA.
Samsung Registers Trademark for Its Event Driven Sensors
Letsgodigital noticed Samsung filing for "ISOCELL Motion" trademark in Europe:"Dynamic Vision Sensor (DVS); vision sensors; motion detecting sensors; object detecting sensors; automotive dynamic Vision Sensor (DVS) for object and motion detection; software for operating dynamic Vision Sensor (DVS);"
SPAD Imagers for X-Ray Detection
IEEE Sensors publishes a presentation "X-Ray Detection Using Single Photon Avalanche Diodes" by Anthony Bulling and Ian Underwood from University of Edinburgh, UK:Another interesting presentation "Outdoor RGB-D Mapping Using Intel-RealSense" by Gayan Brahmanage and Henry Leung from University of Cal...
Harvard University Group Proposes Metalens for Depth Camera
Inspired by jumping spiders 3D vision, researchers at the Harvard University have developed a compact and efficient depth sensor combining a multifunctional, flat metalens with an efficient algorithm to measure depth in a single shot.
Cameralabs Cafe Podcast episode 004
The Cameralabs Cafe podcast returns! In Episode Four, Gordon and Doug talk about how to choose the best camera for vlogging - and video in general - before recommending a selection of models at various price points! So grab a drink and join us in the Cameralabs Cafe!… The post Cameralabs Cafe ...
Unconventional Processing with Unconventional Visual Sensing
ETH Zurich published PhD Thesis "Unconventional Processing with Unconventional Visual Sensing: Parallel, Distributed and Event Based Vision Algorithms & Systems" by Julien N.P. Martel.
Omnivision Announces 0.64MP Camera Module for Medical Applications
PRNewswire: OmniVision announces the PureCel Plus-S stacked pixel-based OC0SA CameraCubeChip wafer-level camera modules for medical applications. This new module offers a 800x800 resolution with frame rate of 60fps, or 400x400 resolution at 90fps, for blur-free images and video.
Sony Establishes AI R&D Organization
EETimes: Sony launches Sony AI, a new organization to pursue advanced R&D in artificial intelligence. The AI research sites will be in Tokyo, Austin, Texas, and an unnamed city in Europe.
Macquarie Research on Smartphone Camera Trends
IFNews quotes Macquarie Research "surveyed a total of 132 smartphones launched in 2019 by the top 6 vendors – Samsung, Huawei, Apple, OPPO / Realme, vivo and Xiaomi. There are 489 cameras in total or an average of 3.7 cameras per device, with 1.0 front camera and 2.7 back cameras.
LiDAR News: Ouster, Velodyne
BusinessWire: Ouster introduces the OS1-32, said to be the world’s most affordable 32-channel lidar.
Sony Stacked Sensor Tutorial
IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society publishes a short tutorial "Circuit Configurations on stacked CMOS Image Sensor" presented at 2019 VLSI Conference by Yusuke Oike, Deputy Senior General Manager and Distinguished Engineer at Sony:
Quantum and Classical Images Separation
Science Magazine publishes a paper "Quantum image distillation" by Hugo Defienne, Matthew Reichert, Jason W. Fleischer, and Daniele Faccio from University of Glasgow, UK, and Princeton University, USA. The same paper has already been published in Arxiv.org.
Nikon Z 24mm f1.8 S review so far
The Nikon Z 24mm f1.8 S is a wide-angle prime lens for Nikon’s Z-series mirrorless cameras. It’s the widest native prime in the series so far, delivering classic coverage with a bright aperture.
Ink for Image Sensor Printing
University of Toronto publishes an ACS paper "Stable Colloidal Quantum Dot Inks Enable Inkjet-Printed High-Sensitivity Infrared Photodetectors" by Rafal Sliz, Marc Lejay, James Z. Fan, Min-Jae Choi, Sachin Kinge, Sjoerd Hoogland, Tapio Fabritius, F. Pelayo García de Arquer, and Edward H. Sargent.
LiDAR News: Velodyne, Robosense, Cepton, Blickfeld, Leddar
Silicon Valley Business Journal reports that Velodyne CEO and Founder David Hall prepares to take the company public, but in an unconventional way of "direct listing" - selling shares direct to the public without an intermediate entity like NASDAQ:"Only two major companies, Spotify and Slack Technol...
ON Semi Sensors in Bad Weather
ON Semi promotional video talks about its image sensor operation in inclement weather conditions:
Digitimes Compares Sony and Samsung Approaches
Digitimes Research: Sony and Samsung use different approaches in CIS competition:Sony leverages the success of its 48MP sensors for smartphones and beats on integration of AI functionality onto the sensorSamsung is trying to leapfrog Sony with 108MP smartphone chips and uses better process scaling c...
Axcelis Talks about 12MeV Ion Implanter for Image Sensors
Axcelis Q3 earnings call mentions 12MeV implanter for image sensors:"The ...high energy product targets the most advanced image sensors. A Purion XE Max incorporates our new proprietary beam technology to deliver energy in excess of 12 MeV as well as the industry's lowest metal contamination.The ...
Facial Recognition in Military Operations
PRNewswire: Hawkeye Systems releases comments on the U.S. special operations raid that killed the Islamic State militant group's top terrorist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was identified through a combination of A.I. facial recognition technology and DNA analysis.
DJI Mavic Mini review – preview
The DJI Mavic Mini is a compact and lightweight drone weighing just 249g, with a half hour maximum flight time and a 12 Megapixel camera with 2.7k video on a three-axis stabilised gimbal.
Sony Image Sensor Sales Grow 22% YoY
Sony reports a significant growth of image sensor sales and increases its FY2019 forecast:Despite the negative impact of exchange rates, FY19 Q2 sales increased 22% year-on-year to 310.
Sony Keeps Outperforming Semiconductor Industry
IC Insights Research Bulletin says that Sony is the best performing semiconductor company: "The largest move upward in the ranking is forecast to come from Sony, which is expected to move up four spots to the 11th position on the strength of extremely strong image sensor sales.
IDTechEx on LiDAR Technology
PRNewswire: IDTechEx Research publishes its view on LiDAR approaches and comparisons.
SPi Adds More Info on its X27 Color Night Vision
SPi Infrared updates its web page on X27 color night vision system with the new info and video:"The X27 is the highest performing true gen 4 color night vision low light sensor imaging system.
LFoundry Presentation
Cern publishes LFoundry presentation "Technology development of CMOS Image sensors" by Andrea Del Monte.
Yole's Analysis of Hybrid Bonding IP
Yole Developpement publishes "Hybrid Bonding: Patent Landscape Analysis" report:"Generally, 2.5D-3D stacking was achieved thanks to Through Silicon Via (TSV) technology. However, TSVs are large and using them limits efforts to reach very dense architectures.
Trinamix 3D Imaging with Beam Profile Analyzer
TrinamiX publishes a promotional video of its 3D imager:"trinamiX 3D Imaging is based on patented Beam Profile Analysis technology. Beam profile analysis is an active measuring principle, that means that the object to be measured is illuminated with a light source emitting a regular dot pattern.
Espros Demos 65m ToF Imaging at Night
Espros ToF imagers show a remarkable range of 65m in absence of sunlight:
PMD Demos its Multipath Reduction Approach
IEEE Sensor publishes PMD and Seigen University demo video on ToF multipath distortions reduction:
Teledyne e2v Re-Announces 1.3MP ToF Sensor
Eight months after the first announcement, Teledyne e2v announces one more time its Bora ToF CMOS sensor for 3D detection and distance measurement in industrial applications, including vision guided robotics, logistics and surveillance.
TechInsights Pixel Zoo
Recently, Techinsights published a number of pixel pictures from its reverse engineering reports.Samsung S5K2P7SQ ISOCELL Fast 16MP 30fps sensor with 1.12um pixel:Sony IMX307 STARVIS 2.1MP sensor with 2.
Rumors and Other Questionable News
Digitimes publishes an article saying that "Samsung Electronics is reportedly set to implement a US$100 billion sensor development project seeking to tap the lucrative worldwide sensor market.
Himax Presents Q3 2019 Results
GlobeNewswire: Himax announces its Q3 2019 results and related investors presentation:"On CMOS image sensor business update. CMOS image sensor is another critical part of the WiseEye 2.0 NB solution I just mentioned.
Consumer Camera Sensors Comparison
MDPI publishes a paper "Photographic Noise Performance Measures Based on RAW Files Analysis of Consumer Cameras" by by Jorge Igual from Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain."Photography is being benefited from the huge improvement in CMOS image sensors.
Goodix Under-Display Fingerprint Sensor Reverse Engineering
SystemPlus Consulting publishes reverse engineering report on the "Latest cost-optimized optical fingerprint sensor in Huawei P30 Pro smartphone.""Synaptics launched the first optical fingerprint scanner on the market in 2018, with a lens-free solution.
Facial Recognition in Military Operations
PRNewswire: Hawkeye Systems releases comments on the U.S. special operations raid that killed the Islamic State militant group's top terrorist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was identified through a combination of A.I. facial recognition technology and DNA analysis.
Sony to Build New CIS Fab after 12 Years Hiatus
Nikkei, JapanTimes: Sony plans to invest 100b yen ($918M) in its budget for the next fiscal year to build a new image sensor fab. The fab is expected to start operation as soon as in the fiscal year that starts in April 2021. In 2016, Sony bought Toshiba CIS plant in Oita Prefecture.

 

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