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

OmniVision Unveils High-Performance CameraChip Sensor for Smart Security Systems and IP Camera Applications

via PRNewswire

SAN DIEGO and SUNNYVALE , Calif., Sept. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/-- OmniVision Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: OVTI), a leading independent supplier of CMOS CameraChip(TM) image sensors for high-volume applications, today introduced the OV7720, a high sensitivity digital VGA CameraChip sensor designed specifically for security and surveillance applications. Unlike the sensors used in conventional analog security cameras, the new sensor produces high quality digital output, thus eliminating the need for A/D converters and simplifying post processing for use in smart security systems and in Internet Protocol (IP) or 3G cameras.

Smart security systems, primarily designed for commercial applications, employ post processing applications such as motion detection to activate cameras, which provides the ability to initiate recording activity without a human interface. IP and 3G security cameras, which target the consumer side ofthe market, allow users to access a video stream through IP or through amobile handset by connecting to a 3G wireless network.

"The OV7720 is one of the first high performance sensors capable of running at 60 frames per second," said Hasan Gadjali, Vice President ofAdvanced Products at OmniVision. "At this frame rate, the OV7720 addresses the need for a digital sensor that delivers exceptional low-light sensitivity and performance without sacrificing the speed required for advanced security applications. In fact, the OV7720 was designed to address all security and surveillance market requirements in terms of performance, quality,reliability, low power consumption and cost."

The OV7720 CameraChip(TM) is a high performance, one-quarter inch single-chip VGA video camera chip. Its design features a 6-micron pixel basedon OmniVision's proprietary OmniPixel2(TM) technology, and in CSP packaging the OV7720 enables a camera module size of just 7 x 7 x 5 mm. All required camera functions including exposure control, gain, white balance and windowingare programmable through the serial camera control bus (SCCB) interface.

The OV7720 comes in both CSP and CLCC packaging and is currently available for customer sampling.

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