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OmniVision Camera

Updated: Nov 27, 2022

A leading imaging solutions development company, OmniVision has developed a series of sensors and Image Signal Processors (ISP) that can greatly improve the resolution and exposure time of cameras. These are their camera modules and how they can improve image quality.

OmniVision is responsible for many technologies that have improved the quality of our modern camera. For example, they have developed sensors and ISP (Image Signal Processors) to increase the quality of camera resolution by a factor of 2.5x and exposure times up to 20x faster.

There are many benefits to using OmniVision camera sensors and ISPs. You can capture better quality photos in lower light because they have features to help, such as pixel binning or artificial noise processing. They are used in some industries, like the automotive industry and consumer devices like smartphones, to increase camera resolution and to reduce power consumption.

In 2008, as part of a March Madness promotion, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) used several cameras from OmniVision to transmit live game play in high definition. In 2015, the NCAA used a combination of Sony sensors and OmniVision ISPs to broadcast its men's basketball tournament in 4K.

Many different companies use OmniVision products for their camera sensors. The most well-known are smartphone manufacturers like LG Electronics, and there are a lot of reasons for why to choose OmniVision’s cameras for your uses. Let us share a few:

Why OmniVision camera modules dominate the market?

OmniVision is leading the market in sensors and camera modules for one main reason: they are the first company to use a new type of sensor technology that is smaller, lighter, and more power efficient.

This new technology allows for faster response time and higher resolution. Thus, Omnivision has been able to lead the market in sensors and camera modules due to their ability to provide a better product at a lower cost than their competitors.

OmniVision is using a new type of sensor technology called QDSP (Quad Pixels per Sensor). This technology has led to more compact, lighter, and power efficient camera modules. The QDSP sensor also allows for faster response time and higher resolution than previous technologies.

The advantage of this new type of sensor is that it can be used in a wider range of applications, such as consumer electronics, automotive, industrial inspection equipment or medical imaging systems with little to no adjustment to the technology itself.

How OmniVision sensors came to be

Founded in 1996, OmniVision acquired their first manufacturer of CMOS image sensors in 1998 and quickly became a leading supplier of high-performance camera modules. This technology allowed them to provide the market with more than what it needed, and cement themselves as some sort of pioneers.

OmniVision was the first company to launch a global commercialized H.264/AVC technology for consumer applications, including HDTVs, digital cameras and other mobile devices. In 2006, OmniVision completed its migration to CMOS image sensors for automotive use enabling them to compete with traditionally strong suppliers such as Sony and Panasonic.

Now, they are a leading supplier of CMOS image sensors and camera modules for a range of consumer, automotive, industrial and surveillance applications.

OmniVision is spending its resources on the constant development of advanced technologies to improve on CMOS technology.

They are committed to providing the best quality products and services to their customers, and so they keep on developing better, and smaller, products. OmniVision is a leader in CMOS image sensors and optics with a broad range of products. The company's product portfolio includes CMOS imagers with different pixel sizes such as 1/2.3”, 1/2.5” and 1/1.8”; high-performance stabilization systems incorporating the world's best MEMS gyroscopes that can be paired with either one , two or three axes and many more technologies that simply take image processing to the next level.

Omnivision’s smallest camera - the camera cube chip

OMNIVISION delivers a stacked CMOS technology that is based on integrated backside and frontside illuminated sensor technology. These devices can benefit from high-quality camera functionality in a very small footprint and low profile, allowing for more miniature cameras to be installed in one device.

Such is the camera cube chip, a fully solderable chip that can integrate fully to the circuit board, which makes for an easy installation as well.

The camera cube is a CMOS omnivision sensor, like the products described above, that by innovative design reduces the overall height of the component by half. With it, the camera can also benefit from high-quality functionality, and multi-sensor technology with a low profile, allowing it to fit easily into almost any device design and upgrading the performance of its camera.

Each illumination layer has its own pixel size; this means that there is no need for an anti-aliasing filter and that high-quality images can be captured with a very small depth of field, which is especially useful in mobile devices.

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