Image sensor maker OmniVision has announced its latest product, the OV12890, a 1/2.3-inch 12MP sensor with a 1.55-micron pixel-size that has been designed with implementation in high-end smartphones in mind. OmniVision claims the new chip delivers improved sensitivity and signal-to-noise ratio compared to previous generations. It also offers a 12-bit architecture that allows for faster readout speeds.

The OV12890 comes with on-sensor phase detection and built-in HDR capabilities. It can capture 12MP still images at 45 fps, 4K video at 60 frames per second and Full-HD 1080p video at 240 fps, allowing for smooth high-resolution slow-motion footage. It fits into 10 x 10mm camera modules with a z-height of 6mm. 

'As cameras for premium smartphones continue to improve, we see the resolution race slowing down and increasing emphasis placed on pixel performance and image sensor size as key to ever-higher quality mobile images and video," said James Liu, senior technical marketing manager at OmniVision.'

The sensor is currently available for sampling and is expected to enter volume production in Q4 2016. We were quite impressed with the performance of of OmniVision's 1/2.4-inch 16MP sensor OV16860 in our recent Lenovo Moto G Plus quick review, so looking at the impressive specifications of the new chip we are really looking forward to its implementation in production devices.


Press release:

TAIPEI, Taiwan, May 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- OmniVision Technologies, Inc., a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, today announced the OV12890, a new 1.55-micron big-pixel sensor for flagship smartphones. Built on OmniVision's PureCel®Plus-S stacked die technology, the OV12890 delivers improved sensitivity and signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) with faster 12-bit readout architecture when compared with previous-generation big-pixel sensors. These performance enhancements enable the 1/2.3-inch OV12890 to capture ultra-high resolution, high frame rate images and video with support for phase detection autofocus (PDAF), making it an attractive camera solution for premium smartphones.

"As cameras for premium smartphones continue to improve, we see the resolution race slowing down and increasing emphasis placed on pixel performance and image sensor size as key to ever-higher quality mobile images and video," said James Liu, senior technical marketing manager at OmniVision. "The OV12890 is our newest big-pixel stacked die image sensor for the mobile market, and represents one of our strongest offerings for premium smartphones. The feature-rich OV12890 captures exceptional images and video in a compact package, making it a top-flightimaging solution for flagship mobile devices."

The OV12890 leverages OmniVision's PureCelPlus-S pixel technology to capture full resolution 12-megapixel images and video at 45 FPS, ultra-high resolution 4K2K video at 60 FPS, and 1080p full HD definition video at 240 FPS via high speed D-PHY and C-PHY interfaces. The OV12890 also supports advanced features such as high dynamic range (HDR).

The OV12890 can fit into 10 x10 mm modules with a z-height of 6 mm. The sensor is currently available for sampling and is expected to enter volume production in the fourth quarter of 2016.

About OmniVision
OmniVision Technologies is a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions. Its award-winning CMOS imaging technology enables superior image quality in many of today's consumer and commercial applications, including mobile phones, notebooks, tablets and webcams, digital still and video cameras, security and surveillance, entertainment devices, automotive and medical imaging systems. Find out more at www.ovt.com.

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