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.
Omnivision Nyxel Presentation
Autosens publishes a video of Omnivision CTO Boyd Fowler presentation of Nyxel IR sensing technology at May 2018 conference in Detroit:
Dual+ Cameras to Capture 60% of Smartphone Market by the End of This Year
Counterpoint Research: "Almost 42% of smartphones sold globally in July 2018 sported two or more rear camera (dual+) sensors and this dual+ camera sensors adoption in smartphones is estimated to grow to 60% of total smartphone sales by the end of 2018.
TrendForce: Optical Fingerprint Sensors to Take 6.7% of the Market in 2019
TrendForce reports that "The development of fingerprint sensor technologies has been previously restricted by low yield rate and insufficient investment from the supply chain, says TrendForce.
Samsung Demos Face Recognition for Smart Home
Samsung shows how face recognition can be used to control smart home devices:
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 ...
Mantis Vision Buys AI Startup BrainVu
Calcalist: Mantis Vision has completed the acquisition of Israeli AI startup BrainVu Ltd. The financial terms of the acquisition were not publicly disclosed.
Triple vs Dual vs Single Camera Module Prices
The Korea Herald reports that "Most major smartphone makers, including Samsung Electronics, Apple and LG Electronics, are reportedly preparing to roll out smartphones fitted with three rear-facing camera modules in a bid to step ahead in the premium segment.
Review of 3D Imaging Approaches
"3D Imaging based on Depth Measurement Technologies" preprint by Ni Chen, Chao Zuo, Edmund Y.
TFT Sensor for Retinal Prosthesis
Japanese Journal of Applied Physics publishes a paper "Photosensing circuit using thin-film transistors for retinal prosthesis" by Keisuke Tomioka, Kohei Miyake, Keigo Misawa, Kohei Toyoda, Toshio Ishizaki, and Mutsumi Kimura from Ryukoku University, Otsu, Japan.
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.
e2v Starts Mass Production of Emerald 12MP and 16MP Sensors
Teledyne e2v announces that its Emerald 12MP and 16MP CMOS sensors for optical inspection and factory automation have now gone into mass production and are available for high volume purchase.These two sensors are members of Teledyne e2v’s Emerald family and feature a small 2.
Canon EOS R review – launch day!
The Canon EOS R is a full-frame mirrorless camera with 30 Megapixels, Dual Pixel CMOS AF, 4k video, a 3.69 Million dot EVF and fully-articulated touchscreen. It’s the first full frame mirrorless camera from Canon and launches the new RF lens mount.
Actlight Announces DPD Licensing Deal
PRNewswire: ActLight, the developer of Dynamic PhotoDiodes (DPDs), announces that it has signed an agreement with a top semiconductor company for the integration and licensing of the DPD into their ASIC for vital signs monitoring, to be used in the next generation of wearable devices.
Sony RX100 VI – one of the best travel cameras
5000 miles, ten countries, one pocket camera - that was the task I set the Sony RX100 VI when it accompanied me on a five week drive through Europe from the UK to Estonia then onto Helsinki and St Petersburg, Russia.

 

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