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OMNIVISION Launches 13 Megapixel PureCel®Plus‑S Sensor for High-End Mobile Applications
Feb 23, 2016

New OV13870 with 1.25‑micron pixel brings higher frame rate, phase detection auto focus, and enhanced dual camera support to premium smartphones

BARCELONA — February 23, 2016 — OMNIVISION Technologies, Inc., a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, today announced the latest addition to its lineup of big-pixel sensors, the OV13870 PureCel®Plus‑S image sensor. The 13 megapixel OV13870 is capable of recording 1080p high definition (HD) video at 240 frames per second (fps) for slow motion, quadruple the frame rate of the previous generation 13 megapixel sensor. The OV13870 also features a 12‑bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC) to enable better low-light signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), phase detection auto focus (PDAF) for snap-quick focusing, and dedicated support for dual-camera functionality.

“The trend towards bigger pixels is picking up as the resolution race slows down, making the OV13870’s larger 1.25‑micron pixel and high-speed architecture well-suited for premium mobile applications,” said Manish Shelat, senior product marketing manager at OMNIVISION. “The OV13870’s enhanced dual camera capability can provide key functionality to device makers as they address the growing trend of dual aperture cameras in mobile imaging that enable advanced features and better image quality.”

Built on OMNIVISION’s new 1.25‑micron PureCel®Plus‑S pixel architecture, the OV13870 delivers bestin-class pixel performance with significant improvements in low-light performance and crosstalk reduction while maintaining an optical format of 1/2.6‑inch and a compact, 5.2 mm module height that is ideal for slim smartphones.

The OV13870 features significantly better overall pixel performance compared to previous generation 13 megapixel image sensors. The OV13870 can capture full-resolution 13 megapixel still images at 45 fps or record ultra-high resolution 4K2K video at 60 fps, 1080p full high definition (HD) at 240 fps, or 720p HD at 300 fps with binning and cropping. The OV13870 is currently available for sampling, and is expected to enter volume production in the second quarter of 2016.


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