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OmniVision unveils industry-first 5.2MP sensor for notebooks & IoT devices
Mon, 13th Nov 2023

OMNIVISION has announced the launch of a pioneering 5.2-megapixel OV05C10 image sensor, designed exclusively for 16:10 aspect ratio notebooks. As the first of its kind in the industry, the 1/4.7-inch sensor represents a leap in low-power, small-form factor Backside Illuminated (BSI) image sensor technology, featuring 1.12-micron pixels and staggered High Dynamic Range (HDR). Notably, the sensor also supports human presence detection, a function that enhances artificial intelligence (AI) applications efficiency while extending portable device battery life.

The OV05C10 image sensor, with its 5.2 megapixels resolution, has a sufficient pixel count to support auto-framing for video conferencing. This technology automatically adjusts the camera's field of view to keep the speaking party at the center of the image, cropping out any distracting backgrounds. As a unique addition, the product incorporates human presence detection (HPD). HPD not only augments the efficacy of AI applications but also contributes to the extension of the battery life of portable devices.

Danny Liu, Product Marketing Manager at OMNIVISION, commented on the importance of this innovation, especially in the current climate where remote work and education are prevalent. "Human-computer interaction that utilises AI is becoming mainstream, and our new OV05C10 can support a variety of AI features, including HPD. The higher resolution and unique aspect ratio are more suitable for use in video conferencing, and the HDR function can effectively guarantee higher image quality during video calls.", Liu explained.

This low-power backside-illuminated (BSI) image sensor is built on OMNIVISION's PureCelPlus technology, a system designed to increase sensitivity, reduce noise, and enhance general image quality. Furthermore, it features two-exposure staggered HDR timing at 5.2MP and 60 frames per second (fps), enhancing image quality in bright or dark environments. The sensor also comprises a particular ultra-low-power mode for HPD, further extending battery life.

OMNIVISION is currently sampling the OV05C10, with mass delivery planned for February 2024. This pioneering development is set to transform the utility of notebooks and IoT devices by improving a host of features from video conferencing to AI applications, shaping a more efficient future for how we work, learn and interact with technology.