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October 31, 2012

Omnivision Launches New Camerachip Solution

Here is some good news for shutter bugs! Well known digital imaging solutions provider

OmniVision Technologies (News - Alert), Inc., has revealed its latest innovation—a powerful eight-megapixel CameraChip solution that is capable of bringing improved image quality and high frame rate photography to next-generation smartphones and tablets.

Cointed the OV8835, the new solution is built upon an improved OmniBSI two pixel architecture that offers best-in-class pixel performance and enables full resolution eight-megapixel high speed photography at 30 frames per second (FPS) and 1080p/30 or 720p/60 high-definition (HD) video.

“Industry research projects that 8-megapixel cameras will continue to enjoy a dominant position in the mobile device market in the foreseeable future. To stay at the forefront of this trend, OmniVision developed a leading-edge 8-megapixel image sensor for smartphones and tablets. The OV8835's fast frame rates, excellent pixel performance and low power consumption are critical performance benefits for manufacturers. Furthermore, because the OV8835 is pin-to-pin compatible with the previous-generation OV8830, manufacturers can easily and quickly upgrade to a dramatically improved 8-megapixel camera,” Vinoo Margasahayam, senior product marketing manager at OmniVision, said in a statement.

OV8835 brings significant performance improvement over its previous generation sibling, the OV8830. Built on a newly improved 1.4-micron OmniBSI-2 pixel, OV8835 has been designed to deliver dramatically improved sensitivity of 1000 mV/(Lux-sec), a 20 percent improvement over the previous-generation OV8830.Also, it is capable of delivering 20 percent better performance than the OV8830 in low-light conditions.

Armed with a new CameraChip sensor, OV8835 can support an active array of 3264 x 2448 pixels (8-megapixel), and can operate at 30 FPS for zero shutter lag.  Further, it is capable of capturing full 1080p HD video at 30 FPS with electronic image stabilization, or 720p HD video at 60 FPS with full horizontal field-of-view (FOV).

In other news, the provider, touted as a developer of digital imaging solutions, recently revealed that its OV10630 image sensor was selected by Tesla Motors to support the manufacturer's rear-view camera system in Model S.

Edited by Jamie Epstein

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