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CMOSIS 12MP image sensor operates at 300fps

03 Dec 2013

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European image sensor supplier CMOSIS has upgraded its CMV12000 CMOS image sensor, increasing its operational capacity from 150fps to 300fps at full resolution. Currently showcased at the 2013 International Technical Exhibition on Image Technology in Japan, the 12MP CMV12000 is ideal for various applications ranging from motion capture to intelligent traffic solutions. The new version is available in sample quantities and will be put into mass production starting June 2014.

CMOSIS' CMV12000, which offers 8-, 10- and 12bit resolution, caters to applications requiring high frame rates and a broad dynamic range to capture fast moving events, often under unfavourable lighting conditions. It stands to benefit devices in the areas of process automation and motion control, the rapidly developing 4K HDTV broadcasting environment, as well as vision-supported traffic management systems. This image sensor's 300 full frames of 4,096 x 3,072 pixels per second is offered in 10 bit mode.

The latest version of CMV12000 features 5.5 x 5.5µm pixels laid out in a high-resolution 4096 x 3072 matrix covering superHD (4k) resolution in an APS-C optical format. Using the patented 8T pixels, the sensor offers high sensitivity and low noise and global shutter.

The 300 full frames per second are achieved by using 64 LVDS outputs running at 600 Mbit/s each. Lower frame rates can be supported by multiplexing to fewer output channels. Partial read out, windowing and subsamples modes, can be programmed to support higher frame rates. At full resolution and frame rate, the power dissipation is 3W. This power consumption can be dynamically controlled when lower frame rates are used.

Offset and gain programming and power dissipation control is done over a 3-wire read-write SPI control, driving and programming the on-chip features such as High Dynamic Range modes.

Both monochrome and RGB coloured variants of the CMV12000 image sensor are in production today. It is housed in a ceramic 247-pins uPGA package and can be operated in the -30 to +70℃ temperature range.

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