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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

OmniVision Introduces Single-Chip Color High Dynamic Range CameraChip Sensor

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SUNNYVALE , Calif., March 6 /PRNewswire - FirstCall/ -- OmniVision Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: OVTI), a leading independent supplier of CMOS CameraChip(TM) image sensors for high-volume applications, today introduced its first color High Dynamic Range (HDR) CMOS image sensor for mass market applications. Dynamic range refers to the capacity of an imaging system to capture widely differing light levels in a single image and to rapidly adjust to changes in light levels. The new OV10620 is an affordable, single-chip, high-performance camera solution and marks OmniVision's entry into color HDR commercialization.

OmniVision's proprietary color HDR technology enables the high-speed OV10620 to function much like the human eye under quickly changing light conditions. It rapidly switches to HDR mode to handle extreme variations of bright and dark conditions within the same scene and automatically switches back to non-HDR mode when conditions return to normal. The new single-chip sensor boasts a spectral light sensitivity of up to 1000 nm, which is near infrared sensitivity. In addition, its 6 x 6 micron pixel size enables it to simultaneously capture and process image data ranging from bright sunlight to dark shadowed regions.

"We believe that the introduction of this new color HDR chip will provide important functionality for many applications," said Hasan Gadjali, Vice President for Advanced Products at OmniVision. "HDR functionality isespecially important in the automotive and security markets, where color recognition can be a critical element in producing useful images."

Typical automotive applications for the OV10620 would include backup and rearview cameras, lane departure warning and guidance systems, blind spot detection systems and forward looking sensing applications, such as automatic headlight dimming.

In security applications, the sensor will be used in high-performance closed circuit television (CCTV) and Internet protocol (IP) camera systems.

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