Omnivision Releases Sensor Optimized for Structured Light FaceID Applications

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OmniVision announces a global shutter sensors targeting facial authentication in mobile devices, along with other machine vision applications such as AR/VR, drones and robotics. The high-resolution OV9286 sensor, with 20% more pixels than the previous-generation sensor, is said to enable a new level of accuracy in facial authentication for smartphone applications requiring the high levels of security. The OV9286 is optimized for payment-level facial authentication using a structured light solution for high-quality 3D images.

The market for facial recognition components is expected to grow rapidly to $9.2b by 2022, according to a report from Allied Market Research.

A higher level of image-sensing accuracy is required to safely authenticate smartphones for payment applications, compared to using facial authentication for unlocking a device,” said Arun Jayaseelan, senior marketing manager at OmniVision. “The increased resolution of the OV9286 image sensor meets these requirements, while using the global shutter technology to optimize system power consumption as well as to eliminate motion artifacts and blurring.

The sensor is available in two versions: the OV9286 for smartphone applications, and the OV9285 for other machine vision applications that also need high-resolution sensors to enable a broad range of image-sensing functions. The OV9286 has a high CRA of 26.7 degrees for low z-height and slim-profile smartphone designs. The OV9285 has a lower CRA of 9 degrees for applications where that tight z-height restriction does not apply, supporting wide field-of-view lens designs.

Both the OV9285 and the OV9286 incorporate 1328 x 1120 resolution at 90 fps, an optical format of 1/3.5-inch and 3x3-micrometer OmniPixel3-GS technology. These global shutter sensors, in combination with excellent NIR sensitivity at 850 nm and 940 nm, reduce device power consumption to extend battery life.

The OV9285 and OV9286 sensors are available now.

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