Omnivision Announces 1/4-inch 8MP Sensor for Smartphones

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PRNewswire: OmniVision announces the OV08B 8MP sensor featuring 1.12um pixel for the broad smartphone camera markets. This new image sensor supports mainstream selfie imaging, as well as multicamera configurations. The new sensor fits in 5.1 x 6.5mm fixed-focus modules for front-facing cameras. Placing pads on the top and bottom of the sensor also reduced its X dimension, enabling narrow-bezel designs and 4:3 aspect ratios. The OV08B offers Bayer imaging and a 4-cell binning capability for better low-light video performance.

"The 1/4 inch 8 MP sensor category continues to see tremendous volume opportunities in the mainstream mobile phone camera market. In addition to selfie cameras, we are also expecting to see these sensors being deployed in multiple-camera configurations, enabling features such as optical telephoto zoom and ultrawide-angle cameras. The multiple-camera configuration is fast becoming a standard requirement in everything from entry-level to high-end smartphones," said James Liu, product marketing manager at OmniVision. "The OV08B provides the best combination of performance, features, cost and power consumption in a 1/4 inch optical format, and is an ideal option for customers upgrading from 5 MP image sensors."

Samples are expected to be available in April 2019.

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