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OmniVision's OV9738 is a 1/9 inch, 1.4 micron RGB-Ir image sensor that combines RGB and infrared (IR) imaging capabilities in a single chip for improved performance at lower system cost. Leveraging OmniVision's PureCel®Plus technology, the OV9738 reduces color crosstalk to capture high-quality color images and video.

This single-chip solution makes biometric authentication applications such as Windows® Hello affordable for a broader range of devices because it only requires a single camera. The sensor is ideally suited for bringing IR biometric capabilities for facial recognition and gesture tracking to mainstream laptops and handheld consumer-electronic devices.

The OV9738 offers 720p resolution at 30 frames per second. Additionally, it includes OmniVision's industry-leading RGB-Ir technology for improved quantum-efficiency performance in near-IR light, which can help reduce LED power consumption. At the same time, the OV9738 uses PureCel®Plus technology to reduce color crosstalk, which helps provide the best possible color-reproduction quality.

This sensor is available in chip on board (COB) and reconstructed wafer (RW) formats.


Support for image sizes:
- Full size (1280x720)
- VGA (640x480)

Support for output formats:
- RAW RGB-Ir output with 1-lane MIPI

Capable of maintaining register values at software power down

Programmable controls for:
- Frame rate
- Mirror and flip
- Gain/exposure
- Windowing

Support for horizontal and vertical sub-sampling

Automatic black level calibration (ABLC)

Support for black sun cancellation

Standard SCCB interface

On-chip phase lock loop (PLL)

GPIO tri-state configurability and programmable polarity

RGB-Ir with 4x4 pattern

Part Specification
Shutter TypeRolling Shutter
CFA (Chroma)RGB-Ir
Analog / DigitalDigital
Power RequirementXSHUTDOWN: 0.9 µW
Active: 69 mW
Output FormatRGB-Ir
Operating Temperature-30°C to +85°C
Optical Format1/9"
Frame RateFull @ 30 fps
Pixel Size1.4 µm
Image Area1819.58 x 1033.34 µm
Package Dimensions2502 x 1692 µm
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