ON’s new CMOS sensor captures video and 3D simultaneously

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Image-sensor provider ON Semiconductor announced a new digital image sensor that combines 2D video imaging and 3D image recognition: the AR0430 CMOS.

Based in Arizona and founded in 1999, ON Semiconductor manufactures power and signal management, logic, discrete, and custom devices for automotive, communications, computing, consumer, industrial, LED lighting, medical, military/aerospace and power applications.

Recognized at CES 2018 for simultaneous delivery of image capture and depth mapping from a single sensor solution, the 1/3.2-inch Back Side Illuminated (BSI) 4 Megapixel (MP) AR0430 sensor delivers 120 frames-per-second (fps) performance supporting slow-motion video in 4 MP mode.

ON Semiconductor’s Super Depth technology, which combines various algorithms, a Color Filter Array (CFA) and a micro-lens, allows customers to capture a color image and simultaneous depth map from a single device. The result is a 30 fps video stream and depth map of anything within one meter of the camera. Additionally, the AR0430 sensor features an active-pixel array of 2316 (H) x 1746 (V) (4:3 aspect ratio), and a low-power performance of just 125 milliwatts (mW) when operating with a 4 MP data stream at 30 fps, or 8 mW in low power monitoring. In standard imaging mode, the CMOS sensor is able to deliver high quality imaging in both daytime and nighttime lighting conditions.

“This is unprecedented in a single-sensor solution and, along with the low power consumption, opens up a multitude of interactive IoT and AR/VR applications”, said Gianluca Colli, VP and GM of Consumer Solution Division at ON Semiconductor. ”Now our customers can use a single camera where two, with all the design, cost and implementation issues, would have been required in the past.”

The AR0430 CMOS sensor is ideal for use in Internet of Things (IoT) applications including wearable devices, AR/VR products and other designs including video doorbells and security cameras. As an example, Sensor Expert and ON Semiconductor Line Manager at FRAMOS Sibel Yorulmaz-Cokugur says the technology can “scan objects to create simple 3D models for use in virtual reality worlds, or even interpret hand gestures to control smart devices. It also allows multiple camera synchronization for 360-degree cameras, or longer-range depth solutions.”

The company expects the AR0430 CMOS sensor to enter full production later in Q1 2018.

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