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OMNIVISION Launches Fastest Frame Rate 16-Megapixel PureCel[#reg]Plus-S Sensor for Smartphones and Action Cameras
Nov 08, 2015

Power-Efficient OV16860 Leverages Larger 1.3-Micron Pixel to Enable Professional Grade Image Quality and Features

SANTA CLARA, Calif., — November 8, 2015 — OMNIVISION Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: OVTI), a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, today announced the OV16860, a new 16-megapixel PureCel® Plus-S image sensor. Compared to previous generation OMNIVISION 16-megapixel sensors, the OV16860 delivers improved low-light performance and faster readout architecture with a larger 1.3-micron pixel, enabling full resolution recording at 45 frames per second (FPS). The sensor also supports advanced features such as high dynamic range (HDR), phase detection autofocus (PDAF), and slow motion video recording, making it an ideal camera solution for high-end smartphones and action cameras.

“Industry reports forecast continued growth in the 13- to 16-megapixel resolution segment in 2016 and beyond, attributable to what is expected to be rapid adoption of 16-megapixel resolution in high-end smartphones starting in 2016. The action camera segment with similar camera resolution is also expected to grow quickly through 20191,” said James Liu, senior technical marketing manager at OMNIVISION. “The OV16860’s faster frame rate aligns perfectly with the feature set requirement of high-end smartphones and rugged action cameras for operating in high resolution and high frame rate modes.”

The OV16860 is the first image sensor built on OMNIVISION’s new PureCel Plus-S architecture. This architecture features a larger pixel size and offers a number of pixel performance improvements over traditional 1.12-micron 16-megapixel sensors. The performance benefits of this new technology include a 33 percent improvement in full-well capacity, a 40 percent improvement in low light performance and dramatically reduced pixel crosstalk. These advances can support crisp, vibrant images across all light levels. Additionally, the OV16860 enables a nominal operating digital voltage (DVDD) spec of 1.0V, and thus requires 40 percent less power than the previous generation OV16825.

The 1/2.4-inch OV16860 supports high-quality slow motion video capture with full field of view (FOV). The sensor can capture 16-megapixel images and video at 45 FPS, ultra-high resolution 4K2K video at 60 FPS, and 1080p high definition (HD) video at 120 FPS via high speed D-PHY and C-PHY interfaces.

The OV16860 can fit into a 10.5 x 10.5 mm module with a low z-height of 5.8 mm. The sensor is currently available for sampling, and is expected to enter volume production in the fourth quarter of 2015.

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Certain statements in this press release, including statements regarding the expected benefits, performance, capabilities, and potential market appeal, as well as anticipated timing of mass production, of the OV16860 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 OV16860, 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.


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