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OmniVision Launches High-End VGA Camera
VGA camera sensor.
Santa Clara, CA — OmniVision Technologies, Inc. has introduced the OV7727, a top-of-the-line VGA sensor for the high-end ultra-thin notebook market. The 1/13-in. (1.95mm) OV7727 is the first VGA sensor built with OmniBSI backside illumination technology. It combines extremely strong performance and sensitivity with an ultra-compact form factor, enabling camera integration with sub-2mm liquid crystal displays (LCDs) for next generation notebooks, netbooks and tablet computers.

Using a 1.75µ OmniBSI pixel, the sensor delivers video conference-quality low-light performance of 1300mV/lux-sec, while also enabling complete camera modules with Z-height as low as 2.2mm, suitable for tomorrow's ultra-thin portable devices.

According to the company, VGA sensors are generally considered low-end and low-cost, but the OV7727 is a very high-end VGA product, and currently the only sensor on the market that can meet the size, cost and performance requirements of the next generation high-end notebook market.

The sensor offers complete user control over image quality, resolution and output data format. It provides full frame, sub-sampled, windowed or scaled 8-bit/10-bit images in RAW RGB format over a parallel DVP interface or serial MIPI port, offering a versatile platform for use in single and multi-camera applications. A new feature is a serial peripheral interface, which supports multiple cameras using a single controller, while also offering support to touch-screen applications.

The device comes with a full array of high-end image processing functions, including automatic exposure control, gamma correction, automatic white balance control, and defect pixel correction, which are all programmable through the serial camera control bus interface.

Contact: OmniVision Technologies, 4275 Burton Dr., Santa Clara, CA 95054 408-567-3000 fax: 408-567-3001. E-mail: sales@ovt.com Web:

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