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OMNIVISION Launches Ultra-Compact Global Shutter Image Sensor for Automotive Applications
Sep 20, 2016

OV7261 Delivers High Near-Infrared Sensitivity and Cost-Effective Imaging to Enable Driver Monitoring Systems

SANTA CLARA — September 20, 2016 — OMNIVISION Technologies, Inc., a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, today announced the latest addition to its growing portfolio of automotive image sensors, the OV7261. The ultra-compact and power-efficient OV7261 is an ideal imaging solution for gesture control and driver monitoring applications such as driver drowsiness and distraction detection, which are becoming popular features for the latest semi-autonomous vehicles.

“We project that the driver state monitoring system market will grow significantly through 2020, which underscores the automotive industry’s drive to implement advanced camera applications not only on high-end luxury vehicles, but also on mainstream automobiles across multiple markets,” said Jeffrey Morin, senior automotive marketing manager for North America at OMNIVISION. “The OV7261 aims to drive down the cost, power, and space requirements of implementing vision-based driver monitoring systems without sacrificing image quality or product reliability.”

Leveraging OMNIVISION’s global shutter technology on a 3-micron pixel, the OV7261 offers significant LED illuminator power reduction due to its high quantum efficiency at near-infrared wavelengths. The sensor’s global shutter pixel also enables accurate fast motion capture, and stereo vision pixel-level synchronization.

Other specifications of the OV7261 include:

  • 640 x 480 (VGA) resolution up to 100 frames per second
  • 10-bit RAW image output
  • Ultra-compact 3.9 x 3.4 mm AEC-Q100 Grade 2 qualified chip scale package

The sensor is available for sampling now, and is expected to enter volume production in the first quarter of 2017.

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