OmniVision Technologies, Inc. announced the OV13B image sensor—the latest addition to the company’s 13-Megapixel (MP) sensor family in a 1/3-inch optical format and featuring OmniVision’s 1.12-micron PureCel Plus pixel technology. This sensor is specifically designed for the enormous mainstream and entry-level smartphone markets, providing a compelling solution for rear- or front-facing cameras.
“The market for 1/3-inch optical format 13-MP image sensors has grown significantly during the last couple of years due to their optimized size, performance and cost-effectiveness; we anticipate that this strong demand will continue for both rear- and front-facing cameras, in mainstream and entry-level smartphone applications,” said James Liu, product marketing manager for OmniVision.
In comparison with its predecessors, the OV13B has significantly lower power consumption, which helps to extend battery life in smartphones. Additionally, the OV13B has a smaller chip size, enabling an 8.5 x 8.5-mm autofocus module for main cameras, or a 6.4 x 7.2-mm fixed-focus module for front-facing cameras with a Z height below 4 mm.
The OV13B image sensor supports phase detection autofocus (PDAF), which has become the de-facto standard for enabling fast autofocus in mobile applications. Additionally, it provides multiple resolution options to meet the needs of end users, including full-resolution 13-MP image output at 30 frames per second (fps), 4K2K video at 30 fps, 1080p full high definition (HD) at 60 fps, or 720p HD at 120 fps.
This image sensor is sampling now.