LiDAR News: Livox, Apple, Canon-Pioneer, ON Semi
Livox goes though a learning cycle that incumbent LiDAR companies like Velodyne went a long time ago:"After hearing from end-users about their specific needs, we’re releasing three new Livox Mid Series firmware for special application testing.
Event-Based Cameras Review
Zurich University paper "Event-based Vision: A Survey" by G. Gallego, T. Delbruck, G. Orchard, C. Bartolozzi, B. Taba, A. Censi, S. Leutenegger, A. Davison, J. Conradt, K. Daniilidis, D.
Chemical Imaging in EUV
Semiconductor Engineering publishes a nice article on photoresist operation in EUV photolithography systems used in advanced processes.
BAE Announces no-ITAR Restricted 2.3MP 60fps Thermal Sensor
BAE Systems' Sensor Solutions is launching Athena1920 full HD (1920x1200) thermal camera core.
SiC Image Sensor Thesis
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden publishes a PhD Thesis "Silicon Carbide High Temperature Photodetectors and Image Sensor" bu Shouben Hou."Silicon Carbide (SiC) has the advantages of ultraviolet (UV) sensing and high temperature characteristics because of its wide band gap.
Interview with Sony 48MP CIS Designers
Sony publishes an article "Perspectives from the creators of the image sensor “microcosm”" with interviews with the IMX586 CMOS sensor designers.
Ambarella Processor for Security Cameras Promises 2-5 Year Battery Life
BusinessWire: Ambarella introduces the S6LM camera SoC for both professional and home security cameras. The S6LM includes Ambarella’s latest HDR and low-light processing technology, 4K H.264 and H.
9th Fraunhofer IMS Workshop on CMOS Imaging
9th Fraunhofer IMS Workshop on CMOS Imaging to be held in Duisburg, Germany on May 7-8 2019, publishes its agenda:"After a series of very successful workshops since 2002 we are happy to announce our 9th workshop on CMOS Imaging, a forum for the European industry and academia to meet and exchange the...
aiCTX Neuromorphic CNN Processor for Event-Driven Sensors
Swiss startup aiCTX announces a fully-asynchronous event-driven neuromorphic AI processor for low power, always-on, real-time applications. DynapCNN opens new possibilities for dynamic vision processing, bringing event-based vision applications to power-constrained devices for the first time.
SmartSens Unveils DSI Pixel Technology
PRNewswire: DSI pixel is the next-generation sensor technology provided by SmartSens that has better performance, faster time to market and higher cost effectiveness, compared to previous technologies.
Sony vs Canon 135mm – can a 23 year-old lens really compete
Owners of the Canon EF 135mm f2L USM consider it a legend, but can a 23 year old lens really compete with a modern design? Ben Harvey pitches the blisteringly-sharp Sony FE 135mm f1.8 GM against his beloved Canon to find out.
Image Processing News
Synopsys demos vision functions of its ARC EV6x Embedded Vision Processor IP:Photron explains operation of its 6D marker and the accompanying software:Light.
Panasonic Lumix G90 G95 review – first-looks
The Panasonic Lumix G90 / G95, is a mid-range mirrorless camera based on the Micro Four Thirds standard, with a 20 Megapixel sensor, built-in stabilisation, a viewfinder, fully-articulated touchscreen, and unlimited 4k recording.
LFoundry Changes Hands Again
LFoundry and SMIC announce that they have entered into a binding agreement to sell LFoundry to Jiangsu CAS-IGBT Technology Co., Ltd. The transaction also includes LFoundry and SMIC groups in Bulgaria.Jiangsu CAS-IGBT Technology Co., Ltd.
Sony Rumored to Prepare 102MP Full-Frame Sensor Capable of 6K Video
SonyAlphaRumors publishes a rumor of new Sony 102MP full-frame sensor capable of 6K video at 30fps frame rate:"2.91um pixel architecture, 100MP @ 10fps, 6K video using 12bit ADC with on-chip binning/line-skipping. 4K RGB 4:4:4 video with on-chip colour-aware binning.
Korean Companies Working to Expand CIS Business
KoreaHerald reports that Samsung and Hynix are increasing their efforts to expand their image sensor market share:"President Moon Jae-in most recently ordered immediate measures to raise the domestic semiconductor industry’s competitiveness in the non-memory field at a state affairs meeting, sayin...
ESA Investments in CIS Technology
Caeleste publishes a link to slides on European Space Agency programs and budgets on image sensor technology development.
NHK R&D Journal Issue on Image Sensing Devices
March 2019 issue of NHK STRL R&D Journal devoted to imaging devices being developed by the company:Dark Current Reduction In Crystalline Selenium-Based Stacked-Type CMOS Image SensorsShigeyuki IMURA, Keitada MINEO, Kazunori MIYAKAWA, Masakazu NANBA, Hiroshi OHTAKE And Misao KUBOTAThere is a poss...
From Events to Video
Zurich University publishes a video explanations of its paper "Events-to-Video: Bringing Modern Computer Vision to Event Cameras" by Henri Rebecq, René Ranftl, Vladlen Koltun, and Davide Scaramuzza to be presented at IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), Long Beach, Jun...
Teledyne e2v Re-Announces 4K 710fps APS-C Sensor with GS
GlobeNewswire: Teledyne e2v announces samples availability of Lince11M sensor half a year after the original announcement. Lince11M is designed for applications that require 4K resolution at very high shutter speed. This standard sensor combines 4K resolution at 710 fps in APS-C format.
All Huawei P30 Cameras Made by Sony
EETimes publishes SystemPlus teardown results of Huawei P30 Pro flagship smartphone:"Separating Huawei P30 Pro, more than anything else though, is its use of quad cameras. The new smartphone literally has four cameras.
Hillhouse Renamed to CelePixel and Relocated to Shanghai
Hillhouse Technology Singapore has been renamed to CelePixel Technology and relocated to Shanghai, China.
Kingpak Reports Higher Sales of Sony and ON Semi Sensors
Digitimes: Kingpak packaging house reports its Q1 revenues sequential growth of 15.8% and annual increase of 8.8%. The company utilization rate has rises sharply due to large orders from ON Semi and Sony.
Qualcomm Enhances Camera AI Capabilities
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC is said to improve its AI capabilities over the previous generation:"Snapdragon 665 is loaded with advanced AI capabilities to enhance your daily life.
OmniVision Announces Industry’s Smallest Cabin-Monitoring Automotive Image Sensor
PRNewswire: OmniVision announces the OV2778 automotive image sensor, which is said to provide the best value of any 2MP RGB-IR sensor for cabin- and occupant-monitoring, such as detecting packages and unattended children.
ULIS Releases World’s Smallest 60 Hz VGA 12um Thermal Image Sensor
ALA News: ULIS launches Atto640, a 60fps VGA 12um pixel thermal image sensor for reduced overall size and cost of the camera.
Sony Polarsens Videos
Sony publishes new videos explaining its polarization image sensors and showing some example pictures, such as Paris in polarized light:
Framos on Industrial and Machine Vision Market Trends
Framos presents the results of its study of Industrial Cameras and Vision Systems Market and Trends:
MIPI Test Board for Legacy ATE
PRWeb: Introspect Technology releases its SV4D Direct Attach MIPI Test Module that enables at-speed production testing for MIPI C-PHY or D-PHY transmitter or receiver interfaces.
1mW Always-On Imaging
1mW always-on imaging becomes quite a popular topic. TinyML Summit held in Sunnyvale, CA on March 20-21, has a number of presentations on that.
Image Sensors Europe 2019 Notes
Image Sensors Europe conference held in London, UK on March 13-14, 2019 has a couple of interesting messages:Mantis Vision reports that smartphone 3D cameras based on structured light approach has been largely rejected by the market due to a large display "notch" needed for stereo base:Amazon asks a...
Event-based Face Detection
Neuromorphic Vision paper claims that event-based sensors can detect faces with much lower power: "High Speed Event-based Face Detection and Tracking in the Blink of an Eye" by Gregor Lenz, Sio-Hoi Ieng, and Ryad Benosman.
Sub-Threshold 200GHz Detector
MDPI paper "Quasi-static Analysis Based on an Equivalent Circuit Model for a CMOS Terahertz Plasmon Detector in the Subthreshold Region" by Ju-Hee Son and Jong-Ryul Yang from Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan, Korea, claims that sub-threshold-biased nmos transistor in 0.
Front Side Microlens for BSI Pixel
MDPI paper "Front-Inner Lens for High Sensitivity of CMOS Image Sensors" by Godeun Seok and Yunkyung Kim from Dong-A University, Busan, Korea propose dual-side microlens for small pixels:"Due to the continuing improvements in camera technology, a high-resolution CMOS image sensor is required.
Image Sensors at VLSI Symposia 2019
VLSI Symposia to be held in June this year in Kyoto, Japan, publishes its agenda with many image sensor papers:A 640x640 Fully Dynamic CMOS Image Sensor for Always-On Object Recognition,I. Park*, W. Jo*, C. Park*, B. Park*, J. Cheon** and Y. Chae*, *Yonsei Univ.
Chemical Imaging in EUV
Semiconductor Engineering publishes a nice article on photoresist operation in EUV photolithography systems used in advanced processes.
SRI to Develop Night Vision Sensor
PRNewswire: SRI International has received an award to deliver digital night vision camera prototypes to support the U.S. Army's IVAS (Integrated Visual Augmentation System) program.
Sony Robotics and Interaction Future is Based on ToF and Stereo Technologies
Sony exhibition at Milan Design Week devoted to AI and robotics funture is based on the company's ToF and stereo vision technologies:"Sony's leading image sensor technologies are used in the exhibits of "Affinity in Autonomy".
Interview with Sony 48MP CIS Designers
Sony publishes an article "Perspectives from the creators of the image sensor “microcosm”" with interviews with the IMX586 CMOS sensor designers.
Canon EOS 250D Rebel SL3 review – preview
The Canon EOS 250D / Rebel SL3 is a compact DSLR aimed at first-time buyers looking for a step-up from the cheapest models. You get a 24MP APSC sensor, optical viewfinder, fully-articulated touchscreen and mic input, and while the 4k is limited, the 1080 enjoys great autofocus.
Fraunhofer CSPAD-based LiDAR
Fraunhofer IMS shows its CSPAD-based flash LiDAR camera. CSPAD detectors are CMOS integrated SPADs with on-chip readout circuits. The implementation in a standard CMOS process allows cost efficient manufacturing and the design of compact sensors for applications that require high resolution imagers.
More Pictures from Huawei RYYB Sensor Presentation
There are few more photos published on Twitter from Huawei P30 and P30 Pro presentation on CYYB CFA:IFNews quotes Cowen Research comparing camera BOM in flagship smartphones.
FBK Talks about Entangled Light Super-Resolution Microscopy
FBK publishes a video on SUPERTWIN project - the European entangled light super-resolution microscopy program:
Vision System Design 2019 Innovators Awards
VisionSystemDesign: Omnivision OS02C10 1080p HDR CMOS sensor won Vision Systems Design's Silver Innovator's Award. The OS02C10 has 2.9 µm pixel with QE of 60% at 850 µm and 40% at 940 µm.
Polarization Imaging Use Cases
Lucid Vision Labs presents its Sony sensor-based polarization camera use cases:Fraunhofer IIS talks about polarization imaging applications too:
Doppler LiDAR with Regular CMOS Sensor
Arxiv.org paper "A Time-of-Flight Imaging System Based on Resonant Photoelastic Modulation" by Okan Atalar, Raphaël Van Laer, Christopher J. Sarabalis, Amir H.
Automotive LiDARs in China
ResearchInChina publishes a report on "ADAS and Autonomous Driving Industry Chain Report, 2018-2019– Automotive Lidar.
Himax Presents 1mW Always-On Intelligent Camera
Globenewswire: Himax and its wholly-owned subsidiary Emza Visual Sense release their second generation “WiseEye IoT” intelligent vision solution. Compared to first generation solutions, WiseEye 2.
SystemPlus on Mobile CIS Comparison
SystemPlus publishes "Mobile CMOS Image Sensor Comparison 2019:""Discover the comparative study to provide insights into the structure and technology of 28 CIS die in seven flagship smartphones from several major brands: the Apple iPhone X; Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus; Huawei P20 Pro; Huawei Mate 20 Pro;...
Fast Polarization Imaging
Photron publishes nice videos shot by its Crysta polarization camera:

 

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