Thursday, March 29, 2012

Aptina extends high definition portfolio with 1/3” image sensor solution

SAN JOSE, USA: Aptina, a global provider of CMOS imaging solutions that enable Imaging Everywhere, announced the launch of the AR0130CS image sensor. The 1/3” optical format HD (720p/60fps) sensor provides mainstream surveillance cameras excellent low light (0 lux) performance with its 3.75-micron near infrared (NIR) detecting pixel.

For day/night NIR applications the sensors’ increased sensitivity reduces LED illumination requirements resulting in camera bill-of-material savings. The AR0130CS compliments Aptina’s portfolio of HD surveillance products, shown in Figure 1, which includes successful wide dynamic range (WDR) solutions like the AR0331SR (1080p/60fps) and the MT9M034 (720p/60fps), and the standard dynamic range AR0330CS (1080p/60fps).

“The AR0130CS provides the surveillance market with a path to upgrade legacy CCTV cameras to high resolution 600-1000 TV line CCTV, or move directly to an HD IP camera solution,” says David Zimpfer, GM of Aptina’s Automotive Industrial Business Unit.

The AR0130CS image sensor’s low-light performance provides video centric applications with exemplary image capture using Aptina DR-Pix technology. The sensor includes sophisticated camera functions such as auto exposure control, windowing, and both video and single frame capture. Additionally, the sensor is programmable via serial interface and offers a parallel interface for compatibility with a variety of image processors.

Applications requiring day/night image capture will benefit from the AR0130CS’s near infrared performance which is enhanced in the 850nm to 900nm wavelength range. The sensor’s 1/3-inch optical format is an industry standard, making it easier to pair with cost-effective megapixel lenses.

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