OmniVision makes 1080p video chats possible with a new front-facing camera module for mobile
OmniVision Expands Native 1080p High Definition CameraChip™ Line-up with 1/6-inch OV2722
OmniBSI+™ Pixel Enables High-Performance HD Video Solution for Smartphone, Tablet, Notebook and Ultrabook Applications
SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- OmniVision Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: OVTI), a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, today introduced the OV2722, the Company's second-generation native 1080p high-definition (HD) CMOS image sensor, designed specifically for ultra-portable applications where high performance and low profile are critical. Using OmniVision's new OmniBSI+ pixel architecture, the OV2722 delivers improved sensitivity and image quality with a module height of less than 3 mm, making it an ideal choice for the burgeoning smartphone, tablet and Ultrabook™ markets.
"We believe that current market trends are quickly moving beyond 720p, and we are seeing strong demand for premium quality 1080p HD video sensors that can meet the criteria and specifications of online video sharing platforms such as Skype™, and unified communications platforms such as Microsoft® Lync®," said Nick Nam, director of product marketing at OmniVision. "In addition, many high-end cameras are required to have extremely small form factors so that they can fit inside next-generation smartphones, tablets, notebooks and Ultrabooks. The OV2722 is specifically crafted to meet these stringent performance requirements and design specifications, making it the ideal choice for these high-end devices."
The OV2722 is a 1/6-inch native 1080p HD CMOS image sensor, offering full field of view video with optimized image quality, sensitivity, color reproduction and clarity without scaling or cropping. Built on the new 1.4-micron OmniBSI+ pixel, the OV2722 offers significant performance improvements over the first generation, OmniBSI™-based OV2720, including a 60 percent increase in full-well capacity, a 10 percent increase in quantum efficiency and a 10 percent improvement in low-light performance. Additionally, the OV2722 is designed to fit extremely thin modules with a z-height of less than 3 mm, while maintaining pin-to-pin compatibility with its predecessor, making it a drop-in replacement for system designers.
The OV2722 supports multiple platform architectures and controllers with both parallel and MIPI interfaces. It allows system designers to leverage the same opto-electrical design across various products and multiple market segments to reduce product development time. Exposure control, white balance and defective pixel canceling are programmable through the serial camera control bus (SCCB) interface.
The OV2722 is currently in volume production.
1. mss1988 (Posts: 29; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)
I don't really understand who needs 1080p video chat on mobile device?! :-O
2. Sangeet (Posts: 232; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Just yet another thing to brag about. Why the hell would want to chat with other person in 1080p in mobile phones. I do video chatting in my laptop and for me 720p is sufficient to chat, so there is really no practical need for 1080p in mobile phones where the maximum resolution of the phone is limited to 720p
12. Sangeet (Posts: 232; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
yeah, will struggle when it is on 3G and for some times even on LTE but with Wifi n no chance at all..!!
3. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Didn't the BBPlaybook have 1080p on the front facing camera right from the start.... or am I mistaken?
4. Captain_Doug (Posts: 758; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Yeah. 720P is good enough. What kills it is that a it's only 30fps.
5. Schmao (Posts: 302; Member since: 05 Jul 2009)
Seeing as the human eye considers 30 fps to be smooth, I don't see how fps kills it.
11. Captain_Doug (Posts: 758; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
I must not know as much as I thought I did about cameras. What makes the image seem so shaky if not frame rate?
6. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 366; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)
I will say better to improve the image stabilization, then everything else comes after
8. jamrockjones (Posts: 345; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
Why are we complaining about enhancements?!