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OMNIVISION’s New Flagship 16‑Megapixel Sensor Empowers Next-Generation of High-Resolution Mobile Imaging
Oct 07, 2014

PureCel®‑S OV16850 sensor delivers high resolution images and video in native 16:9 aspect ratio for ideal user experience

SANTA CLARA, Calif., — October 7, 2014 — OMNIVISION Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: OVTI), a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, today announced the OV16850, a new flagship 16 megapixel imaging solution designed for the next generation of premium smartphones. Using a best-in-class 1.12‑micron pixel and leveraging OMNIVISION’s stacked die technology, the PureCel®‑S OV16850 captures high resolution images and video in native 16:9 aspect ratio, optimizing users’ viewing experience on smartphone displays.

“16 megapixel sensors represent another milestone in the ‘megapixel race’ for higher resolution cameras in smartphones. Coming in a native high definition 16:9 aspect ratio, the OV16850 is designed with the smartphone camera user’s experience in mind,” said Bahman Hadji, product marketing manager at OMNIVISION. “As smartphone OEMs increase display resolutions to 1080p Full HD (FHD) and 1440p Quad HD (QHD), the OV16850 offers a camera experience matching these display aspect ratios and filling the smartphone screen without any loss in field-of-view for snapshots and video. It also utilizes OMNIVISION’s stacked die technology and a high chief ray angle to enable a 16 megapixel camera solution in a compact 9.5 x 9.5 x 5.5 mm module.”

The 1/2.6‑inch OV16850 is capable of capturing full-resolution 16 megapixel images at 30 frames per second (fps), 4K2K video at 30 fps, QHD video at 60 fps, and 720p video at 120 fps. It delivers best-in-class sensitivity, signal-to-noise ratio, and full-well capacity for a 1.12‑micron pixel-based imaging solution. Additionally, the OV16850 features alternate-row high dynamic range timing to ensure crisp video capture in difficult lighting conditions.

The sensor is currently sampling and is expected to enter volume production in the first quarter of 2015.

Safe-Harbor Language
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 OV16850 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 OV16850, 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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