Omnivision Supplies 3D Sensors for Google Project Tango

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PR Newswire: OmniVision announces that it is working with Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) team to develop tracking, mapping and motion in 3D. OmniVision’s new OV4682 and OV7251 image sensors provide imaging functionality to the project’s Android-based smartphone and development kit.

As the main camera, the OV4682 is the eye of Project Tango’s mobile device. The OV4682 is a 4MP RGB IR image sensor that captures high-resolution images and video as well as IR information, enabling depth analysis. The sensor features a 2um OmniBSI-2 pixel and records 4MP images and video in a 16:9 format at 90fps, with a quarter of the pixels dedicated to capturing IR. From the product page: "The sensor's 2-micron OmniBSI-2 pixel delivers excellent signal-to-noise ratio and IR sensitivity, and offers best-in-class low-light sensitivity with a 40 percent increase in sensitivity compared to the 1.75-micron OmniBSI-2 pixel. The OV4682's unique architecture and pixel optimization bring not only the best IR performance but also best-in-class image quality. Additionally, the sensor reduces system-level power consumption by optimizing RGB and IR timing."

The OV7251 CameraChip sensor is capable of capturing VGA resolution video at 100fps using a global shutter. The low-power VGA sensor provides excellent low-light sensitivity and motion tracking information for device orientation data.

OV4682 Spec

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