Huawei Smartphone Claimed to Measure Human Body Temperature with Si-based Cameras
cnTechPost quotes Huawei Consumer Business CEO Richard Yu on-line interview:"When asked if the P40 series has some functional design in terms of hygiene, Yu mentioned that the P40 Pro+ can detect human body temperature very accurately through a rear camera with a unique algorithm.
Current-Assisted SPAD
Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, publishes a paper "Current-Assisted Single Photon Avalanche Diode (CASPAD) Fabricated in 350 nm Conventional CMOS" by Gobinath Jegannathan, Hans Ingelberts, and Maarten Kuijk.
ST Announces 3rd Generation Global Shutter Stacked Sensors
GlobeNewswire: STMicro aims to computer-vision applications with new high-speed image sensors with global shutter. The new stacked sensors feature class-leading pixel size, high sensitivity, and low crosstalk. The VD55G0 with 640 x 600 pixels and the VD56G3 with 1.5MP measure 2.6mm x 2.5mm and 3.
CNN for Event-Based Sensors
University of Zurich-ETH publishes a video supplement to the paper "Event-based Asynchronous Sparse Convolutional Networks" by Nico Messikommer, Daniel Gehrig, Antonio Loquercio, and Davide Scaramuzza.
CIS Demand Keeps Growing
Digitimes reports that image sensor packaging companies Tong Hsing (Kingpak acquirer) and Xintec are expanding capacity to satisfy growing demand for multi-camera smartphones.
Sony Registers SenSWIR Trademark
LetsGoDigital reports that Sony registered a trademark SenSWIR in Europe and in Canada. Possibly, this hints to an approaching release of a commercial product based on Sony InGaAs sensor presented at IEDM 2019.
Credit Suisse Compares Omnivision with Sony, Samsung, ON Semi
Credit Suisse overview of China's semiconductor industry dated by November 2019 has a part about Ominivision technology:"CMOS Image Sensor (CIS): a credible Chinese player nowCIS is one of the very few semiconductor areas where China has a top-tier player.
Melexis and Eyeware to Use ToF Sensor for Eye Tracking
Melexis and Eyeware, a Swiss-based 3D eye-tracking technology company, work together to create an advanced driver monitoring system (DMS).
Polarization Imaging for FaceID Anti-Spoofing
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AutoSens Detroit Postponed due to Coronavirus
Autosens: "After extensive consultation with our key stakeholders, it is clear it would be impossible to run a successful face-to-face conference in Detroit this May. As such, we have decided to postpone the AutoSens in Detroit conference & exhibition until 17-19 November 2020.
Event-Based Sensor Data Denoising
MDPI paper "Event Density Based Denoising Method for Dynamic Vision Sensor" by Yang Feng, Hengyi Lv, Hailong Liu, Yisa Zhang, Yuyao Xiao, and Chengshan Han from Chinese Academy of Sciences discusses noise problems in event-based image sensors:"Dynamic vision sensors are very different from tradition...
Nice Rolling Shutter and Aliasing Artifacts Demo
Twitter Engineering channel posts a nice demo of rolling shutter and aliasing artifacts:An example of how a cameras capture rate changes due to the amount of light being let into the camera: pic.twitter.
TrinamiX Announces NIR Spectrometer
TrinamiX announces consumer NIR spectrometer:"trinamiX has developed proprietary and patented infrared detectors which can see light in a wavelength range of up to 3 μm – a highly relevant region in the infrared spectrum.
Hyundai Securities about Smartphone Camera Market
SeekingAlpha: Hyundai Motor Securities publish a research and forecast on Korean smartphone component manufacturers:The ongoing multi-camera trend will see the birth of even penta-camera phones in 2020 with up to five cameras on the back.
Sony ToF VGA BSI Sensor in Lucid Camera
BusinessWire: Lucid Vision Labs launches Helios Flex 3D ToF module based on Sony’s DepthSense IMX556PLR BSI ToF sensor and four 850nm VCSEL laser diodes:“Featuring Sony’s advanced depth sensing technology, the Helios Flex module allows users to leverage a high-performance 3D Time-of-Flight cam...
Smartphone Camera Trends from Q Technology
Chinese camera module maker Q Technology presentation gives the company's view on CCM market:
Eric Fossum Awarded by 2020 Edwin Land Medal
The Optical Society (OSA) and the Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T) name Eric R. Fossum, Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, USA, the 2020 Edwin H. Land Medal winner.
Tamron 20mm f2.8 Di III M1:2 review – sample images
The Tamron 20mm f2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 is an ultra-wide prime lens for Sony’s E-mount mirrorless cameras. It's part of a three lens series from Tamron all of which let you focus closer than most rivals.
Sony Statement on Coronavirus Impact
Sony releases "Statement Regarding the Impact of the Spread of the Novel Coronavirus:""At this time, there has been no material impact on the production of CMOS image sensors, including any impact on the procurement of materials.
Senseeker Announces 8 µm and 12 µm Pitch Dual-Band IR DROICs
Senseeker Engineering announces the Oxygen RD0092, the world's first 8 µm pitch dual-band digital readout IC (DROIC). The Oxygen RD0092 supports a 1280 x 720 frame size at over 500 fps and dual-polarity inputs to provide compatibility with all industry-standard direct-injection detector materials.
Organic Photodetector Review
Applied Physics Reviews publishes a paper "Photodetectors based on solution-processable semiconductors: Recent advances and perspectives" by Yalun Xu and Qianqian Lin from Wuhan University, China.
Image Sensors at CICC
CICC turns into a virtual conference this year due to coronavirus pandemy. Historically, there is not that many image sensor papers presented there.
Sony 2019 Technology Day Report
Sony publishes an extended report from its Technology Day held on September 18, 2019 in Japan.
EI 2020: Scene Watermarking Proposal
EI 2020 paper "Camera unavoidable scene watermarks: A method for forcibly conveying information onto photographs" by Clark Demaree and Henry Dietz from University of Kentucky proposes an interesting approach:"When a scene’s image rights need to be protected e.g.
Labrador Diagnostics Sues Camera-Based Developer of COVID-19 Tester over Patent Infringement
TheRegister, TheVerge: Labrador Diagnostics sues Coronavirus test developers Biofire Diagnostics LLC and Biumerieux SA over camera-based DNA/RNA testing systems:PRNewswire: Upon realizing that the defendants are working on COVID-19 developments, Labrador Diagnostics offered to grant royalty-free lic...
DXOMark Reviews Smartphone Camera Progress Over the Years
DXOMark publishes an article "Smartphones vs Cameras: Closing the gap on image quality" by David Cardinal, based on the company's CTO Frederic Guichard's presentation at EI 2020:"We have seen how advances in technology have helped smartphone cameras surpass compact cameras in image quality and many ...
Rumor: Samsung to Deliver 150MP Smartphone Sensor This Year, 200MP Sensor is Delayed
Multiple news sties quote Korean message board Clien post saying (Bing Translation):"Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo large sensor adoptionFrom Taiwan.Currently, all three companies on samsung have already requested samples since December of last year, and it appears that the contract has recently been completed.
On-Chip Spectrometer Thesis
Singapore Nanyang Technological University publishes 2019 PhD Thesis "On-Chip Spectrometer: Design, Fabrication, and Experiment" by Date Zheng Shaonan:"This doctorate thesis focuses on the design, fabrication and experimental characterization of novel on-chip spectrometers based on the photonic inte...
Entropix Super-Resolution Proposal to Improve Recognition Accuracy
Entropix publishes a video of how the its CVP improves computer vision and extreme resolution video applications:
Image Sensors Europe Conference Amid World's Coronavirus Pandemy
Image Sensors Europe 2020 conference has been held in London, UK, this week.
ST Demos 4m-range LiDAR
ST demos a short-range LiDAR design based on its VL53L1X ToF sensors:
Sony ToF VGA BSI Sensor in Lucid Camera
BusinessWire: Lucid Vision Labs launches Helios Flex 3D ToF module based on Sony’s DepthSense IMX556PLR BSI ToF sensor and four 850nm VCSEL laser diodes:“Featuring Sony’s advanced depth sensing technology, the Helios Flex module allows users to leverage a high-performance 3D Time-of-Flight cam...
Rode NT-USB Mini review
The Rode NT-USB Mini is a compact USB microphone designed for gamers, podcasters, musicians, streamers or voiceovers. It’s a smaller and more affordable alternative to the original NT-USB from 2014, a microphone I personally use for most of my YouTube video voiceovers.
Image Sensor Sales Grow Despite Coronavirus
Digitimes reports that Taiwan-based Tong Hsing backend services for CIS saw its January-February revenues rise 19.22% YoY despite coronavirus outbreak. The newspaper's sources attributed the revenue growth partly to expanded shipments to its major client OmniVision.
TechInsights Finds Sony ToF Sensor Inside iPad Pro LiDAR, iFixit Tests LiDAR Operation
TechInsights twits first info from Apple iPad Pro 2020 teardown, saying that LiDAR sensor is made by Sony.Update: TechInsights fixed a typo in the original twit. The spatial resolution is 0.03MP, 10x lower than initially reported.
Cambridge Mechatronics 3D Sensing Technology
Cambridge Mechatronics uses Apple iPad Pro LiDAR announcement opportunity to emphasize advantages of its 3D sensing technology:"Systems using Indirect Time of Flight (iToF) technology have shipped in Android smartphones for some time, but their practical working range is only around two metres.
Yole on Coronavirus Impact on CIS Market
Yole Developpement's Q4 2019 quarterly monitor "CIS: Q4 2019 went way above forecast but this was before COVID-19" states:MARKET DYNAMICS:Q4 2019 is 17% above revenue forecast and reaches US$5,746 million: 11.3% of upside is due to volume upside and 9.1% due to ASP3 upside.
Daniel Loeb Prepares New Push to Split Sony
Financial Times and Reuters report that Daniel Loeb’s hedge fund Third Point LLC uses lower Sony stock price to build a stake in the company again to push for changes that possibly include spinning off its image sensor business.
Fast Perovskite-Organic Photodetectors with HDR
Phys.
Everything about SK Hynix 1.0μm Black Pearl
SK Hynix publishes an article "Everything about the “1.0μm Black Pearl,” SK hynix’s Image Sensor," an English version of the previously published one:"The four new 1.
Apple Shows iPad Pro LiDAR Use Cases
An Apple video appeared at the number of websites, such as here and here, showing its new iPad LiDAR use cases:
Labrador Diagnostics Sues Camera-Based Developer of COVID-19 Tester over Patent Infringement
TheRegister, TheVerge: Labrador Diagnostics sues Coronavirus test developers Biofire Diagnostics LLC and Biumerieux SA over camera-based DNA/RNA testing systems:PRNewswire: Upon realizing that the defendants are working on COVID-19 developments, Labrador Diagnostics offered to grant royalty-free lic...
Apple Releases its First Product with ToF Imager
Apple iPad Pro features a new ToF LiDAR scanner:"The breakthrough LiDAR Scanner enables capabilities never before possible on any mobile device.
Ams and Valeo Demos
Ams publishes a video of its imaging technologies at CES 2020:Valeo shows a demo of in-cabin monitoring camera capabilities:
Brillnics Design Win in Garmin Dash Camera
PCWorld reports that its Editor's Choice Garmin Dash Cam Tandem uses Brillincs BRV0500 HDR sensor. This appears to be the first high-profile design win for the startup company:"I’ve never seen the captures of a Brillnics BRV0500 sensor before.
Velodyne Explains its Diamond Rating System
Velodyne publishes a video by Mircea Gradu, its SVP Product & Quality, explaining its proposed Diamond Rating System:
Samsung Forum Presentations
Samsung Strategy & Innovation Center publishes a number of invited presentations, some of them about imaging technologies:Tom Wik from US SICK product management team in the LIDAR, Vision, Measurement and Identification product lines, presents "Innovations in 3D Vision–Adding Depth to Vision Inspe...
EDoF is Back?
Phys.
SiPM: Fundamentals and Applications
IOP Physics and Engineering in Medicine Journal publishes a large review paper "The silicon-photomultiplier: fundamentals and applications of a modern solid-state photon detector" by Stefan Gundacker and Arjan Heering from CERN, Geneva, Switzerland and University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA respecti...
Elmos Unveils Automotive ToF Sensor
Pressebox: Elmos presents an E527.31 3D ToF imager for applications in the vehicle interior and exterior.

 

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