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OmniVision Launches Industry's First 2-Megapixel Camera Chip for Mobile Phones
Posted: 23-Feb-2004 [Source: Omnivision]

[Omnivision announced the industry's first 1/3-inch 2.0-megapixel CMOS, the OV2620 CameraChip, incorporating a 1600- by 1200-pixel array.]

Sunnyvale -- OmniVision Technologies, Inc., a leading independent supplier of CMOS CameraChip(TM) solutions for high-volume imaging applications, today announced that it is shipping samples of the industry's first 1/3-inch 2.0-megapixel CMOS image sensor to leading manufacturers of cameraphones. The OV2620 takes clear, brilliant, keepsake-quality photographs in sizes up to 8-by-10 inches. It sets a new standard for putting high image quality into a compact, power-efficient design and closes the performance gap between cameraphones and single-purpose digital cameras.

"Once again, OmniVision is the first in the industry to deliver a new generation of image sensor technology to customers," said James He, OmniVision's senior vice president of Engineering. "As more and more consumers adopt cameraphones, they will come to expect the same image quality from their high-end handsets as they get from dedicated digital cameras. Today's launch of the 2.0-megapixel OV2620 for the high end, 1.3-megapixel OV9640 for the midrange, and CIF-resolution OV6650 for the entry level gives OmniVision the best lineup of small-footprint image sensors in the industry and provides a clear roadmap for our customers in the mobile phone market."

The OV2620 CameraChip is the cutting-edge solution for new-generation cameraphones. It incorporates a 1600- by 1200-pixel array in a 1/3-inch chip that operates at 10 frames per second in full resolution and at up to 60 frames per second in CIF resolution. The OV2620 is a system-on-a-chip with image processing functions such as exposure control, gain control, white balance, and windowing, all easily programmable through a standard serial interface. For images that are consistently clear and sharp, it features OmniVision's proprietary embedded algorithms, which eliminate digital effects such as smearing, fixed-pattern noise and blooming, along with VarioPixel(TM) technology, which provides superior performance in low-light conditions and in videophone applications. The OV2620 requires only 132 milliwatts of power in active mode and 33 microwatts of power in standby mode, making it ideal for portable applications. It outputs 10-bit raw image data and fits into an image module that is only 9 millimeters wide, 9 millimeters long and 8 millimeters high.


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