Omnivision Announces 8MP 2um Nyxel Sensor

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PRNewswire: OmniVision announces the 8MP OS08A20 equipped with 2um pixel with Nyxel NIR technology. The OS08A20 is the first sensor to combine Nyxel technology with PureCel pixel architecture.

"With 8 megapixels of resolution and our industry-leading Nyxel technology, the OS08A20 allows surveillance cameras to capture accurate and detailed images at night, without the need for high-power LEDs," said Brian Fang, Business Development Director at OmniVision. "With such capabilities, this sensor also fills a need in emerging applications, such as video analytics, where accurate object and facial recognition is aided by higher resolution and sensitivity."

Demand for surveillance cameras continues to grow, with well over 125 million such cameras expected to ship globally in 2018, according to IHS Markit. Other applications with similar requirements, such as body-worn cameras for law enforcement, represent an additional growth opportunity.

Nyxel technology delivers QE improvement at 850nm and 940nm while maintaining high-modulation transfer function, allowing the OS08A20 to monitor a larger area compared with legacy technologies. Eliminating the need for external lighting sources reduces power consumption and enables covert surveillance for improved security. The OS08A20 is also a color CMOS image sensor, employing the PureCel pixel architecture with BSI to capture color images during the daytime.

The OS08A20 is currently sampling and is expected to start volume production in Q2 2018.

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