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Updated: January 12th, 2011 09:49 AM CDT

OmniVision Rolls Out 1080p High-Definition Sensor for Security and Surveillance Markets

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OmniVision Technologies Inc.

OmniVision Technologies Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.) (Nasdaq: OVTI), a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, introduces its 1080p high definition (HD) CMOS image sensor optimized for the mainstream IP camera and HD closed caption television (HDcctv) markets. The new OV2715 combines HD-quality video with industry leading low-light performance, making it particularly suitable for commercial security systems.

"The OV2715 is ideal for IP cameras requiring 1080p HD resolution and also for the emerging HDcctv market," said Roy Karunakaran, senior product marketing manager at OmniVision. "As one of the first suppliers to offer a native 1080p HD sensor for the mainstream security market, OmniVision is ready for the industry's move to this new format and prepared to support this developing industry requirement."

Professional security installations with HD video capability are growing steadily due to the high quality image capture and detail they can record. Such HD surveillance systems are used predominantly in places where lighting conditions are often far from ideal. This makes image quality, low-light performance and dynamic range key drivers to the success of products for security and surveillance systems.

The 1/3-inch OV2715 is built on a 3-micron OmniPixel3-HS pixel, delivering best-in-class low-light performance of 3300 mV/(lux-sec) and a peak dynamic range of 69 dB. Such performance parameters allow the OV2715 to deliver high quality video surveillance even in the most challenging lighting conditions common to security applications such as lobbies, hallways, parking lots and garages.

The OV2715 is a no-compromise 1080p HD sensor that offers the HD video format with a display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and operates at 30 frames per second. Competing 1080p HD video solutions are based on reducing high-resolution sensors to a 1080p display resolution through cropping or merging pixels by binning. However, cropping reduces the field of view, while binning degrades image quality, color reproduction and picture sharpness. Furthermore, higher resolution sensors require a smaller pixel size to achieve the same optical format as the OV2715; and shrinking pixels generally degrades low-light performance, significantly reducing their ability to meet the requirements of security and surveillance applications.

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