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Updated: June 22nd, 2009 09:49 AM CDT

OmniVision Delivers 5-Megapixel Solution to DSC/DV Camera Market

via PRNewswire

1.75 micron OmniBSI Enables Industry's Best Image Quality

OmniVision introduced the industry's first commercial availability of CMOS devices based on backside illumination (BSI) technology in May 2008 , based on 1.4 micron technology. OmniBSI delivers a number of performance improvements over front-side illumination (FSI) technology, including increased sensitivity per unit area, improved quantum efficiency, reduced cross talk and photo response non-uniformity, which all lead to significant improvements in image quality.

OmniVision leveraged its 1.75 micron OmniBSI technology to develop the 5-megapixel OV5653, featuring the industry's best low light sensitivity, reduced cross talk, and support for full HD 1080p video or snapshot operations. Although the OV5653 is a RAW sensor, it includes a variety of automatic image control functions such as automatic exposure control, automatic 50/60 Hz luminance detection, and auto black level calibration.

The OV5653 also includes programmable user controls for image quality, formatting and output data transfer, mirror and flip, cropping, windowing and panning. The OV5653 also includes 256 bytes of embedded one-time programmable memory for storing custom specific information such as calibration parameters, support for horizontal and vertical sub-sampling, and 2 x 2 binning. The embedded 1.5 volt regulator eliminates the need for additional power components.


The OV5653 is immediately available for customer sampling with volume production slated for the second half of calendar 2009.

About OmniVision

OmniVision Technologies (NASDAQ: OVTI) 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, notebook and webcams, digital still and video cameras, security and surveillance, automotive and medical imaging systems. Find out more at

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