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OmniVision and Silicon Line Bring Optical Data Transfer To Next-Generation Applications

May 18, 2015

LOW-COST FIBER OPTIC TECHNOLOGY ENABLES TRANSMISSION OF HIGH-RESOLUTION VIDEO DATA OVER LONG, THIN AND LIGHT CABLES

SANTA CLARA, Calif., — May 18, 2015 — OmniVision Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: OVTI), a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, and Silicon Line GmbH, a leading provider of ultra-low power optical link technology, today announced a collaboration to bring high-speed image and video data transfer technology to applications that are noise-sensitive and that require longer, thinner and lighter cables. This collaboration will focus on enabling high-speed video transfer for OmniVision's OV5693 CameraChip™ sensor, as well as other MIPI D-PHY 1.1, 1.2, 2.0 and MIPI C-PHY-based imaging solutions.

“We believe that Silicon Line's approach to high-speed data transfer, and the inherent benefits that its optical link technology brings to our mutual target markets, can help overcome many technical challenges faced by product engineers today," said Tehzeeb Gunja, senior marketing and business development manager at OmniVision. "The ability to affordably and power-efficiently transfer large amounts of uncompressed video data over long distances carries a tremendous potential for positive impact on a number of application areas."

“As OmniVision extends its portfolio with higher resolution and higher frame rate image sensors, the required data rate for transporting the image increases dramatically," said Ian Jackson, senior manager sales and marketing at Silicon Line. "A single optical fiber can transport up to 25 Gbps of data. This has obvious benefits in terms of size and weight reductions, enabling smaller and lighter industrial designs for space-constrained applications like tablets and notebooks. Another benefit of optical fiber is zero susceptibility to electromagnetic interference, which enables a noise free picture. Lastly, optical technology can transport high-speed image data over many meters whereas a traditional electrical connection is limited to 10 or 20 cm, making optical technology well-suited for applications such as automotive, medical and security imaging systems.”

Built on OmniVision’s OmniBSI-2™ pixel architecture, the 5-megapixel OV5693 CameraChip™ sensor captures 1080p high-definition (HD) video at 30 FPS with electronic image stabilization and 720p HD video at 60 FPS. The sensor supports a 2-lane MIPI interface with data transfer of up to 1 Gbps per lane.

To see a live demonstration, please visit OmniVision's suite at the InterContinental Yokohama Grand Hotel during the Automotive Engineering Expo in Japan between May 20-22, 2015. If you have any questions or would like more information on the products and/or partnership, please contact Shinao Ono at +81-45-478-7977 or sono@ovt.com.

About Silicon Line
Silicon Line is a leading global provider of innovative ultra-low power optical link technology for mobile and consumer electronics, industrial, automotive, medical and security markets. Silicon Line products enable the power-efficient optical transportation of video, images, voice and data at the multi-gigabit speeds demanded by both today and tomorrows digital consumer lifestyles. Our portfolio includes dedicated products for USB3.0, USB3.1, HDMI1.4, HDMI2.0 and MIPI D-PHY applications. More information at www.silicon-line.com

Safe-Harbor Language
Certain statements in this press release, including statements regarding the expected benefits, performance, capabilities and potential market appeal of systems incorporating the OV5693 are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties, which could cause the forward-looking statements and OmniVision’s results to differ materially, include, without limitation: potential errors, design flaws or other problems with systems incorporating the OV5693, customer acceptance, demand and other risks detailed from time to time in OmniVision’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports, including, but not limited to, OmniVision’s annual report filed on Form 10-K and quarterly reports filed on Form 10-Q. OmniVision expressly disclaims any obligation to update information contained in any forward-looking statement.

About OmniVision

OmniVision Technologies is a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions. Its award winning CMOS imaging technology enables superior image quality in many of today’s consumer and commercial applications, including mobile phones, notebooks, tablets and webcams, digital still and video cameras, security and surveillance, entertainment devices, automotive and medical imaging systems.

Find out more at www.ovt.com. OmniVision® and the OmniVision logo are registered trademarks of OmniVision Technologies, Inc.

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