OmniVision Delivers New 16-Megapixel Image Sensor for High-Resolution Mobile Imaging

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OmniVision Delivers New 16-Megapixel Image Sensor for High-Resolution Mobile Imaging

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OmniVision Technologies, Inc. a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, today announced the OV16850, a new flagship 16-megapixel imaging solution designed for the next generation of premium smartphones.

The new image sensor uses 1.12-micron pixel layered with OmniVision’s stacked die technology. The PureCel-S OV16850 captures high resolution images and video in native 16:9 aspect ratio, optimizing users’ viewing experience on smartphone displays.

“16-megapixel sensors represent another milestone in the ‘megapixel race’ for higher resolution cameras in smartphones. Coming in a native high definition 16:9 aspect ratio, the OV16850 is designed with the smartphone camera user’s experience in mind,” said Bahman Hadji, product marketing manager at OmniVision.
“As smartphone OEMs increase display resolutions to 1080p Full HD (FHD) and 1440p Quad HD (QHD), the OV16850 offers a camera experience matching these display aspect ratios and filling the smartphone screen without any loss in field-of-view for snapshots and video. It also utilizes OmniVision’s stacked die technology and a high chief ray angle to enable a 16-megapixel camera solution in a compact 9.5 mm x 9.5 mm x 5.5 mm module.” Hadji added.
The 1/2.6-inch OV16850 is capable of capturing full-resolution 16-megapixel images at 30 frames per second (FPS), 4K2K video at 30 FPS, QHD video at 60 FPS, and 720p video at 120 FPS. According to the company, it provides best-in-class sensitivity, signal-to-noise ratio, and full-well capacity for a 1.12-micron pixel-based imaging solution. Additionally, the OV16850 features alternate-row high dynamic range timing to ensure crisp video capture in difficult lighting conditions. The new sensor is under the sampling stage and will enter volume production in the first quarter of 2015.
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