NextGen 1/4 8MP Image Sensor for Smartphone Cameras

Posted Mar 13, 2019 by OmniVision Technologies

OmniVision has released the latest generation of its 1.12 micron, 8 megapixel (MP) image sensor family, designed for the broad smartphone camera markets. The new OV08B image sensor supports mainstream selfie imaging, as well as multicamera configurations.

According to James Liu, Product Marketing Manager at OmniVision, the 1/4 inch 8MP sensor category continues to see tremendous volume opportunities in the mainstream mobile phone camera market. In addition to selfie cameras, they are also expecting to see these sensors being deployed in multiple-camera configurations, enabling features such as optical telephoto zoom and ultra wide-angle cameras. The multiple-camera configuration is fast becoming a standard requirement in everything from entry-level to high-end smartphones.

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 5MP image sensors. Built on backside-illumination pixel technology, it features 1.12 micron pixels in a 1/4 inch optical format, providing a compact size that enables 5.1 x 6.5 mm 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 supports full 8MP resolution at 30 frames per second (fps) using either two or four MIPI lanes, which provides maximum design flexibility for multicamera configurations. Other output options include high definition video of 1080p at 60 fps and 720p at 90 fps. The image sensor also offers Bayer imaging and a 4-cell binning capability for better low-light video performance. Samples are expected to be available in April.