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

OmniVision Announces Start of Volume Shipments of OV6680 SGA(TM) CameraChip(TM) Sensor for 3G Handset Designs

via PRNewswire

SUNNYVALE , Calif., June 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- OmniVision Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: OVTI), a world leading supplier of CMOS image sensors, today announced that it has begun volume shipments of its recently introduced OV6680 high-performance Square Graphics Array(TM) (SGA) camera chip sensor. With its unique 400 x 400 array, the new OV6680 is intended primarily for use in secondary cameras for the fast-growing 3G video phone market, which market analysts predict will see very significant growth over the next couple of years. OmniVision has secured multiple design wins for the OV6680 in 3Ghandsets and is now shipping in volume to several customers

"Moving the OV6680 into volume production and shipments reinforces OmniVision's solid product offering for the 3G market, bringing outstanding low light sensitivity to a sensor designed to meet the small form factor requirements of our handset customers," said James He, Chief Operating Officerat OmniVision. "The small form factor design combined with excellent camera performance and image quality makes the OV6880 especially attractive both forsecondary cameras in 3G handsets and for entry-level, ultra-thin camera phone designs."

Utilizing a 3.6 micron pixel with OmniPixel2(TM) technology, the OV6680 combines superior low-light performance and image quality with a compact module design (5 x 5 x 3.0mm) to provide reliable, cost- effective camera solutions. Low light performance is especially critical in video conferencing applications because LCD screens rarely emit enough light (~5 lux) tocompensate for the lighting conditions of most indoor environments.

The OV6680 is available in a lead-free CSP2 package.

About OmniVision Technology, Inc.

OmniVision Technologies designs and markets high-performance semiconductor image sensors. Its OmniPixel(R) and CameraChip(TM) products are highlyintegrated single-chip CMOS image sensors for mass-market consumer and commercial applications such as mobile phones, digital still cameras, security and surveillance systems, interactive video games, PCs and automotive imaging systems. Additional information is available at

Safe-Harbor Language

Certain statements in this press release, including statements regardingthe performance, capabilities and prospects of OmniPixel2 and the OV6680 CMOSimage sensor, the expectation of continuing volume production, and the outlookfor 3G handsets are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks anduncertainties. These risks and uncertainties, which could cause theforward-looking statements and OmniVision's results to differ materially,include, without limitation: potential errors, design flaws or other problemswith OmniPixel2 or the OV6680 CMOS image sensor; risks associated withbuilding customer acceptance of and demand for OmniPixel2 and the OV6680 imagesensor; the development of the market for CMOS sensors in the camera phonemarket as well as in markets for other portable applications incorporatingimage sensors; the rapid changes in technical requirements for camera phoneproducts; competitive risks; as well as other risks detailed from time to timein OmniVision's Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports,including, but not limited to, OmniVision's most recent annual report filed onForm 10-K. OmniVision expressly disclaims any obligation to update informationcontained in any forward-looking statement whether as a result of newinformation, future events or otherwise.

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