SANTA CLARA, Calif., — May 6, 2014 — OMNIVISION Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: OVTI), a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, today announced the high-performance OV5670, the company’s first 1.12-micron 5-megapixel PureCel™ image sensor. The low-power OV5670 delivers exceptional still images and high-definition video in an ultra-compact, 1/5-inch optical format form factor, making it an attractive camera solution for both front– and rear-facing camera applications in smartphones and tablets.
“The OV5670 is uniquely positioned in that it brings tremendous value and performance to camera applications on both sides of a mobile device. Its compact form factor and small optical format allow manufacturers to easily upgrade camera resolutions from 2-megapixel to 5-megapixel for main cameras in feature phones, and for front- and rear-facing cameras in smartphones and tablets,” said Archie de Guzman, senior product marketing manager at OMNIVISION. “The popularity of mobile software applications focusing on video-conferencing has fueled consumer demand for higher-resolution front-facing camera solutions that also meet the space constraints of today’s mobile devices. OV5670 provides an ideal solution.”
The OV5670 PureCel image sensor can capture full resolution 5-megapixel (2592 x 1944) images at 30 frames per second (FPS), quad HD video at 30 FPS, cropped 1080p HD at 60 FPS, or 720p HD at 60 FPS. When recording 720p HD video with binning, the sensor achieves sensitivity and signal-to-noise ratio that is comparable to popular 1.75-micron pixel-based sensors. Additionally, the sensor’s 1.12-micron pixel achieves similar full-well capacity as OMNIVISION’s previous generation 1.4-micron pixel.
When the OV5670 is recording full resolution video, it uses approximately 35 percent less power than OMNIVISION’s previous generation 5-megapixel sensor. The sensor’s ultra low power mode further reduces power consumption, thus minimizing battery drain.
The OV5670 fits into a compact 6 x 6 x 3.5 mm camera module. The device is available in both CSP and RW packages. It is currently in volume production.
Certain statements in this press release, including statements regarding the expected benefits, performance, capabilities, and potential market appeal of the OV5670 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 OV5670, 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.