ams Hyperspectral Sensor for Consumer Applications
ams presents hyperspectral sensor for NIR sensing of spectral signatures in consumer applications:
OmniVision's Automotive SoC Claimed to Have Industry's Best Low-Light Performance, Lowest Power, and Smallest Size
PRNewswire: OmniVision announces 1.3MP OX01F10 SoC, an 1/4" 3.0um pixel image sensor with ISP for automotive rear view camera (RVC) and surround view system (SVS).
Sony E 16-55mm f2.8 G review
The Sony E 16-55mm f2.8 G is a high-end general-purpose zoom for E-mount mirrorless cameras with APSC sensors, like the A6000 series. It’s Sony’s first f2.8 zoom designed for APSC mirrorless and one that owners of its higher-end cameras in the series have been crying out for.
CNN Processor in Every Pixel
Manchester and Bristol Universities, UK, publish arxiv.org paper "A Camera That CNNs: Towards Embedded Neural Networks on Pixel Processor Arrays" by Laurie Bose, Jianing Chen, Stephen J. Carey, Piotr Dudek, and Walterio Mayol-Cuevas (see the video presentation in an earlier post.
CCD vs CMOS in Display QC Application
Radiant Vision, a Konica Minolta company, publishes an interesting comparison of CCD and CMOS cameras in display quality control applications:
MCT and Microbolometric Imagers in China
China has achieved a lot of advances in cooled MCT and microbolometric imagers, including high resolution up to 2.7K x 2.7K and pixel size down to 10um.
Huawei Kirin 990 5G Camera Features
HuaweiCentral: Huawei presents its new mobile processor Kirin 990 5G at IFA 2019 in Berlin, Germany.
LiDAR News: Lumotive, LeiShen, CoreDAR, Hitachi
GlobeNewswire: Lumotive, a Bill Gates-funded LiDAR startup, used Himax’s LCOS display with Lumotive’s patented Liquid Crystal Metasurfaces (LCMs) to improve the performance, reliability and cost of LiDAR systems. Other LiDAR sensors utilize MEMS mirrors or optical phased arrays.
e2v Announces Fast Sensors
GlobeNewswire: Teledyne e2v announces its Flash CMOS sensor family, tailored for 3D laser profiling/displacement applications and high speed, high resolution inspection.The new Flash sensors feature a 6μm CMOS global shutter pixel which effectively combines high resolution and fast frame rate.
Face Recognition News
Panasonic will be providing additional automated facial recognition gates for use at a number of airports in Japan.
Laser Safety for Image Sensors
Fraunhofer IOSB publishes MDPI paper "Laser Safety Calculations for Imaging Sensors" by Gunnar Ritt."This publication presents an approach to adapt the well-known classical eye-related concept of laser safety calculations on camera sensors as general as possible.
Interview with Lynred CEO
Security and Defense Business Review publishes an interview with Jean-François Delepau, CEO of Lynred company formed by merger of Sofradir and ULIS IR businesses.
IC Insights: CIS Market Sets Records
IC Insights: Despite an expected slowdown in growth this year and in 2020, the CMOS sensor market is forecast to continue reaching record-high sales and unit volumes through 2023 with the spread of digital imaging applications offsetting weakness in the global economy and the fallout from the U.S.
Canon EOS 90D review so far
The Canon EOS 90D is an upper mid-range DSLR with a 32.5 Megapixel APSC sensor, Dual Pixel AF for live view and movies, 45-point AF through the viewfinder, 10fps shooting, uncropped 4k video at 25 or 30p, and a fully-articulated touchscreen.
LiDAR Startup Oryx Vision Shuts Down
CTech: Israeli LiDAR startup Oryx Vision shuts down. Over the past 3 years, the company has raised $67M and now is in a process of returning the remaining $40M to its investors.
AUO Presents Large Area Optical Fingerprint Sensor Embedded in LCD Display
Devicespecifications: Taiwan-based AU Optronics unveils the 6-inch full screen optical in-cell fingerprint LTPS LCD which is the world first of its kind to have an optical sensor installed within the LCD structure.
Sony vs Top 14 Semiconductor Companies
IC Insights: Sony is the only top-15 semiconductor supplier to register YoY growth in 1H19. In total, the top-15 semiconductor companies’ sales dropped by 18% in 1H19 compared to 1H18, 4% worse than the total worldwide semiconductor industry 1H19/1H18 decline of 14%.
Huawei Mate30 Pro 5G Camera
Huawei Mate30 Pro 5G smartphone has some unique camera features:
Outsight Develops 3D LiDAR-Spectrometer-on-Wheels for Automotive Applications
BusinessWire: Outsight launches its 3D Semantic Camera for autonomous driving and other industries.
Sony Officially Rejects Call to Spin-off Image Sensor Business
PRNewswire: Sony publishes "Letter from the CEO to Sony’s Shareholders and All Stakeholders" rejecting the possibility of spin-off image sensor business:"...
Omnivision Connects Arm ISP IP with its Automotive Sensor
PRNewswire: OmniVision has combined its OX03A1Y sensor with FPGA-based Arm Mali-C71 ISP for a dual-mode automotive camera module.
Harvest Imaging Forum is 75% Full
Harvest Imaging Forum to be held in December 2019, in Delft, the Netherlands, is quickly approaching a fully booked status. More than 75 % of the seats have been sold.
Sony Unveils 61MP Full-Frame and 26MP APS-C Sensors for Security Applications
Sony unveils 4 new sensors for security and surveillance applications: IMX415-AAMR, IMX455AQK-K, IMX533CQK-D, IMX571BQR-J
Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art review
Sigma's 50mm f1.4 ART is a high-end standard lens with autofocus for Canon, Nikon, Leica-L or Sony mounts. We've completely updated our original review, retesting it at higher resolutions and comparing it to new primes lenses from a variety of manufacturers.
Samsung Exynos 980 Supports 108MP Camera
Samsung 5G 8nm Exynos 980 mobile processor supports up to 108MP camera:"For advanced photography, the Exynos 980 delivers compelling camera performances with resolution support for up to 108-megapixels (Mp).
Omnivision Announces 2.2um Global Shutter Pixel with 40% QE at 940nm
PRNewswire: OmniVision announces the smallest-ever pixel size of 2.2um for a BSI, GS image sensor. The new OG01A sensor combines PureCel Plus-S pixel and Nyxel NIR technology to achieve QE of 40% at 940nm and 60% at 850nm.
ON Semi Presents Full ISP Pipeline in CNN
ON Semi publishes Arxiv.org paper "Deep Camera: A Fully Convolutional Neural Network for Image Signal Processing" by Sivalogeswaran Ratnasingam."A conventional camera performs various signal processing steps sequentially to reconstruct an image from a raw Bayer image.
Why CIS Resolution Change Incurs So Much Latency
Arizona State University team led by Robert LiKamWa explains why image sensor resolution change takes so long on Android and iOS systems:
Waymo LiDAR Stealing Saga Goes On
NYTimes, EETimes, Reuters: While Waymo has settled the lawsuit against Uber over stealing its LiDAR secrets, the U.S. Department of Justice filed the personal criminal charges against Anthony Levandowski, accusing the former high-ranking Alphabet Inc.
Canon EOS M6 II review so far
The Canon EOS M6 Mark II is a mid-range mirrorless camera with a 32.5 Megapixel APSC sensor, uncropped 4k video at 25 or 30p with Dual Pixel AF, 14fps shooting with autofocus, a tilting touchscreen and slide-on electronic viewfinder.
CMOS Sensors for Kids
BBC Teach publishes a video with Professor Danielle George explains how a digital camera’s CMOS sensor captures an image, using balls and buckets to represent photons, electrons and capacitors in an interactive demonstration with four children.
Face Recognition Q&A
New York University School of Law Professor Barry Friedman and Moji Solgi, VP of AI and Machine Learning at Axon Enterprise, present a Q&A conversation between face recognition policy analyst and a technologist.
Samsung Presents Green-Selective Organic PD
OSA Optics Express publishes Samsung paper "Green-light-selective organic photodiodes for full-color imaging" by Gae Hwang Lee, Xavier Bulliard, Sungyoung Yun, Dong-Seok Leem, Kyung-Bae Park, Kwang-Hee Lee, Chul-Joon Heo, In-Sun Jung, Jung-Hwa Kim, Yeong Suk Choi, Seon-Jeong Lim, and Yong Wan Jin.
Automotive News: Porsche-Trieye, Koito-Daihatsu
Globes: Porsche has invested in Israeli SWIR sensor startup Trieye. “We see great potential in this sensor technology that paves the way for the next generation of driver assistance systems and autonomous driving functions.
Interview with Eric Fossum
Art19 publishes an hour-long interview with Eric Fossum:
Synopsys, Himax Announce AI Vision Processor
GlobeNewswire: Himax announces the WiseEye WE-I Plus, an AI accelerator-embedded ASIC platform solution to develop and deploy CNN-based machine learning (ML) models on AIoT applications including smart home appliances and surveillance systems.
NHK Future TV Technology Relies in 3D Vision
NHK STRL presentation from May 2019 talks about the company's vision for 2030-40 TV technology where 3D imaging takes a central role:
QIS Sensors to Help NASA Missions
EurekAlert: NASA is awarding a team of researchers from Rochester Institute of Technology and Dartmouth College a grant to develop a detector capable of sensing and counting single photons for future astrophysics missions.
Image Sensors for Machine Vision
ON Semi publishes a webinar "The Current State of Machine Vision Technology: Image Sensor Challenges and Selection."BusinessWire: ON Semi also announces a 0.3MP machine vision sensor with 2.2um BSI pixels, the 1/10-inch ARX3A0.
UBS: Galaxy S10 5G Cameras Cost $73
IFNews: According to UBS report, Samsung Galaxy S10 5G cameras, including ToF ones, cost $73.
DARPA Starts Curved IR Imagers Program
DARPA FOcal arrays for Curved Infrared Imagers (FOCII) program is created to expand upon the current commercial trend for visible sensor arrays by extending the capability to both large and medium format midwave (MWIR) and/or longwave (LWIR) infrared detectors.
sCMOS Sensors: Fairchild Imaging vs GPixel
Archiv.org paper "Evaluation of scientific CMOS sensors for sky survey applications" by S.Karpov, A.Bajat, A.Christov, M.
Sony A6100 review so far
The Sony A6100 is an upper entry-level mirrorless camera with a 24 Megapixel APSC sensor, 4k video, 11fps shooting, viewfinder and tilting touchscreen. Announced in August 2019, it’s the official successor to the five and a half year old A6000, greatly improving the AF and video features.
IISW 2019 Papers On-Line
2019 International Image Sensor Workshop (IISW) papers are available on-line at the International Image Sensor Society site. The workshop has been held on June 23-27, 2019in Snowbird, Utah.
DNN + Compressive Sensing Promises to Increase Video Resolution to 100Gpixel
Axiv.org paper "Compressive Sampling for Array Cameras" by Xuefei Yan, David J.
Sony A6600 review
The Sony A6600 is an upper mid-range mirrorless camera with a 24 Megapixel APSC sensor, built-in stabilisation, 4k video, 11fps bursts with autofocus, and increased battery life.
Sony and Yamaha Autonomous Vehicle
TechXplore: Sony and Yamaha Motor unveil SC-1 Sociable Cart, promoted as "a new mobility experience" and based on Sony sensors. There are five 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensors (four directions around the vehicle and one in the vehicle) and two ISX019 1/3.8-inch CMOS sensor embedded cameras.
Convergence of Electronic Memory and Optical Sensor
Research Journal publishes a review paper "2D Materials Based Optoelectronic Memory: Convergence of Electronic Memory and Optical Sensor" by Feichi Zhou, Jiewei Chen, Xiaoming Tao, Xinran Wang, and Yang Chai from Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Nanjing University.
LiDAR Approaches Overview
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain, publishes a paper "An overview of imaging lidar sensors for autonomous vehicles" by Santiago Royo and Maria Ballesta."Imaging lidars are one of the hottest topics in the optronics industry.
ResearchInChina on Automotive Vision Difficulties
ResearchInChina publishes quite a long list of Toyota camera-based Pre-collision System (PCS) difficulties in various situations:Toyota’s Pre-Collision System (PCS) renders an in-vehicle camera and laser to detect pedestrians and other vehicles in front of the vehicle.

 

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