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.
Canon SX70 HS review – preview
The Canon SX70 HS is a super-zoom camera with DSLR-styling, 20 Megapixels and a 65x / 21-1365mm optical zoom. The SX70 HS keeps the body, zoom and flip-screen of its predecessor, but upgrades the resolution and viewfinder while adding 4k video and 10fps. Find out more in my preview.
Quantum Imaging Beyond Diffraction Limit
OSA Optica publishes a paper "Super-resolution quantum imaging at the Heisenberg limit" by Manuel Unternährer, Bänz Bessire, Leonardo Gasparini, Matteo Perenzoni, and André Stefanov from University of Bern and Fondazione Bruno Kessler FBK.
Two CNES Workshops
French Space Agency (CNES) announces Call for Abstracts for 2 workshops to be held in Toulouse:Radiation effects on solid state optoelectronic detectors on November 27-28, 2018Ultra-Violet Detectors and Instruments on November 28-29, 2018"The goal is to bring together all the community to discuss th...
Image Sensors Americas Final Agenda
Image Sensors Americas 2018 is to be held on October 11-12 in San Francisco, CA.
Sudden Death of Arnaud Darmont
EMVA informs that Arnaud Darmont, one of the main contributors to EMVA1288 camera characterization standars, has suffered a fatal accident during a trip in the US.
Ultrafast Imaging at ULITIMA 2018
ULITIMA 2018 forum held on Sept 11-14 at Argonne National Laboratory, IL, was devoted to ultrafast imaging and particle tracking, novel data collection schemes through sparse sensing, hardware performance enhanced by computational and other novel methods, megahertz and gigahertz electronics, and the...
Yole on Image Sensors Past, Present, and Future
Yole Developpement article "Image sensors have hugely benefited from Apple’s avant-garde strategy" by Pierre Cambou overviews image sensing history and possible future trends:"We are now in the middle of a golden age for the CIS industry.
SEMI on Imaging Trends
SEMI publishes a video its webinar "Catching up on European MEMS, Sensors & Imaging Trends and Technology.
Apple Adds Depth Computation Features to the New iPhone Cameras
Cnet: Apple event has a number of camera news in the oncoming iPhone models, including a dedicated depth engine that allows various depth calculations with the rear dual camera:
More Autosens Presentations on LiDAR
Autosens publishes "Global M&A in the ADAS and Autonomous technology space" presentation by Rudy Burger, Managing Partner, Woodside Capital.
Synopsys Sub-Micron Color Filter Presentation
Synopsys demos the capabilities of its RSoft silicon photonics simulation platform using CFA as an example:
Valeo LED Flicker Tutorial
AutoSens publishes Valeo Senior Expert on Image Quality, Brian Deegan, presentation on LED flicker, based on the his paper here:
Rumored Nokia Phone Apparently Uses Light Co. Technology
DeviceSpecifications quotes Finish-language site teknavi.
Fujifilm XT3 review so far
The Fujifilm X-T3 is a high-end mirrorless camera which debuts the new 26 Megapixel X-Trans IV sensor with much improved autofocus, burst shooting and movie capabilities, including 30fps bursts and 4k video at 60p in 10 bit.
Rumor: Google Pixel 3 Might Use Intel Realsense Camera for FaceID
BGR reports that Intel-written part has been found inside Android "Add face authentication framework" code. This supports a rumor that the upcoming Google Pixel 3 smartphone might use a Realsense-based FaceID camera.
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...
GPixel Announces Large and Fast Sensor with Global Shutter
Gpixel announces the GMAX3265, a 65MP image sensor with 3.2µm charge domain global shutter pixel.
Sony FE 24mm f1.4 GM review so far
The Sony FE 24mm f1.4 G Master is a wide-angle prime lens designed for its Alpha series of full-frame mirrorless cameras. The lens delivers a popular field-of-view while the bright f1.4 focal ratio is ideal in low-light and for shallow depth-of-field effects.
Active Alignment Demo
Trioptics publishes a Youtube video showing its ProCam active alighnemt system:
First Camera Module Factory in India
FranchiseIndia, IndiaTimes, BusinessStandard: SYSKA Group (India), Biometronic Pte. (Singapore), and Suyin Optronics Corp. (Taiwan) partner to set up India’s first camera module factory in Noida. The total investment for the facility is $30m.
GPixel 11um-Pixel Sensor in Moonless Night
Russian KB VITA kindly sent me a video of its camera that uses GSENSE400BSI sensor. The video was shot at moonless night, hence no shadows there. The camera has f0.
Report: Apple ToF Camera is Not Good Enough for AR Experience in iPhone
Macrumors and Appleinsider quote KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo saying in its investor note that 2019 iPhones will not include a rear ToF camera:"First, the distance and depth information provided by rear-side ToF is currently insufficient for creating the "revolutionary AR experience" that App...
Review of Graphene-based Light Sensing Approaches
Arxiv.org: University of Exeterm UK, publishes a review paper "Graphene-based light sensing: fabrication, characterisation, physical properties and performance" by Adolfo De Sanctis, Jake D. Mehew, Monica F. Craciun, and Saverio Russo.
poLight Announces IPO at Oslo Stock Exchange
Oslo Bors stock exchange reports that poLight ASA announces its intention to launch an IPO of its shares and to apply for a listing on Oslo Børs, alternatively Oslo Axess.
Plasmonic Color Filter Paper
OSA Optics Express publishes Shizuoka University paper "Multi-band plasmonic color filters for visible-to-near-infrared image sensors" by Atsutaka Miyamichi, Atsushi Ono, Hiroki Kamehama, Keiichiro Kagawa, Keita Yasutomi, and Shoji Kawahito.
AEye Presents its Adaptive Scanning LiDAR
AutoSens Detroit publishes Aeye VP of Engineering, Barry Behnken, presentation of the adaptive scanning iDAR. Aeye says that in SNR-starved environment, it does not make sense to spend the precious laser photons on "uninteresting" objects, such as sky, empty road, top floors of buildings, etc.
Sony Global Shutter Sensor Family Grows to APS-C Size
Sony publishes flyers of 6 new global shutter sensors based on 3.45um pixels: IMX367LLA, IMX342LQA, IMX392LQR, IMX305LQR, IMX304LLR/LQR, IMX267LLR/LQR. The new sensors span from 2.35MP 1/2.3-inch IMX392LLR/LQR to 31.
Canon Releases 2MP Full-Frame Sensor into Production
Nikkei: A long time Canon research project, the full-frame 2MP sensor with 19um pixels, has been finally released into production. The new 35MMFHDXSCA is targeted at astronomical observation, monitoring of a natural disaster, industrial use, etc.
FLIR Presentation at AutoSens Detroit
Autosens publishes FLIR presentation in Detroit in May 2018:
Oryx LiDAR Presentation
Autosens publishes a short video about Oryx LiDAR based on nano-antenna imaging in 10um band:
Himax, MediaTek, and Megvii Come with Active Stereo Camera 3D Reference Design for Android Smartphones
Globenewswire: Himax announces a collaboration with MediaTek and Megvii, the Chinese developer of the world’s biggest open platform of face recognition known as Face++, to offer what it says the industry’s first Active Stereo Camera (ASC) 3D sensing reference design targeting facial recognition ...
Omnivision Unveils 2 Global Shutter Sensors with 3um Pixels
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.
Article about Gigajot
Dartmouth College publishes an article about its spin-off Gigajot:"Gigajot Technology, based in Pasadena, California, aims to bring a variety of products to market using the Quanta Image Sensor (QIS) which makes it possible to produce sharp images in extremely low light.
TI Promotes its ToF Solution
TI video promotes its ToF solution:
ON Semi Unveils its First SiPM for LiDARs
ON Semi publishes its first sensor for LiDARs, possibly coming from SensL acquisition:"The RA−Series 16−pixel linear array from ON Semiconductor has been designed for automotive LiDAR applications.
ON Semi X-Class Platform
ON Semi explains its X-Class image sensor platform approach:
Ultrafast Imaging at ULTIMA 2018
ULTIMA 2018 forum held on Sept 11-14 at Argonne National Laboratory was devoted to ultrafast imaging and particle tracking, novel data collection schemes through sparse sensing, hardware performance enhanced by computational and other novel methods, megahertz and gigahertz electronics, and their app...
Multi-Collection-Gate 25 Mfps Sensor
MDPI publishes a joint paper by Vietnam National University, Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Imec, Ritsumeikan University, and Kindai University "An Image Signal Accumulation Multi-Collection-Gate Image Sensor Operating at 25 Mfps with 32 × 32 Pixels and 1220 In-Pixel Frame Memory" by V...
Yole CIS Market Report
Yole Developpement releases "Status of the CMOS Image Sensor Industry 2018" report:"2017 saw aggregated CIS industry revenue of $13.9B. We now forecast a 9.4% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for the next five years.
Kingpak Reports Sharp Rise of Sony Automotive Sensor Orders
Digitimes: Packaging house Kingpak will complete the first phase of its capacity expansion by the end of 2018 to satisfy growing demand for automotive image sensors, according to newspaper's sources. Kingpak orders for auto CIS packaging from Sony ramp up fast.
Tamron 17-35mm f2.8-4 review
The Tamron 17-35mm f2.8-4 is a small, light and wide zoom available for Canon and Nikon DSLR mounts. To find out how it performs. Thomas tested it against Tamron's own 15-30mm f2.8, Nikon's 18-35mm f3.5-4.5 and Tokina's 17-35mm f4.
Himax Rebukes Motley Fool
GlobeNewsWire: Himax responds "to a false and misleading article, Why Himax Technologies Is Struggling, published by Motley Fool, an online stock commentary blog, dated September 6, 2018.
Automotive LiDAR Technologies Review
Tematys presentation at Swiss Photonics event in June 2018 attemps to answer on question "Which LIDAR technology(ies) will win the race towards autonomous driving?"
Counterpoint on Automotive CIS Market Shares
Counterpoint Research publishes its estimation on automotive image sensor market shares: "The automotive camera sensor market is consolidated with ON Semiconductors accounting for around 50% of market share, followed by Omnivision, Sony and Toshiba, each accounting for 12-18% of market share.
Under-Display Optical Fingerprint Sensors to Have Bright Future
BusinessInsider quotes TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo forecasting that as many as 170m Android phones with under-display fingerprint sensor will be sold next year: "All main Android brands currently treat [fingerprint-on-display] as the important function to differentiate themselve...
HMD Global Said to Prepare 5-camera Smartphone
DeviceSpecifications quotes Chinese-language site ITHome saying that HMD Global, the owner of Nokia smartphone brand, works on 5-camera smartphone. The company has already manufactured a small-scale production batch in April 2018.

 

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