BrightWay Vision Chooses TowerJazz for the production of its Gated Sensor

MIGDAL HAEMEK and HAIFA, Israel – TowerJazz, announces that BrightWay Vision has chosen its TS18IS CMOS image sensor (CIS) technology to manufacture image sensors for its patented automotive cameras, specifically forward looking cameras in vehicles, to allow visibility in all weather conditions. BrightWay Vision has developed BrightEye™, an Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) camera for day and night-time forward facing driver assistance functions based on patented gated imaging technology.

According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research entitled, "Vehicle Cameras Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2014 - 2020," the market was valued at US$ 595.3 million in 2013 and is expected to reach US$1.2 billion by 2020, expanding at a CAGR of 11.3% from 2014 to 2020.

TowerJazz and BrightWay Vision jointly developed a unique gated pixel, something that until now has never been produced on silicon as it requires extremely fast charge transfer on the pixel. This sensor, based fully on a CMOS process, provides superior performance over competing solutions based on infrared vision technology, and is much more cost effective. A “gated” sensor allows collecting light that is reflected back from objects at a specific distance from the vehicle, thus eliminating the noise level that is usually associated with ambient light. This sensor also allows the system to accurately measure the distance of certain objects from the vehicle and alert the driver accordingly.

BrightEye offers all the benefits of a rich, natural and intuitive image, even during harsh weather, with real-time sophisticated computer-vision features, such as Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Pedestrian Detection, and other automatic capabilities. BrightEye can function as a stand-alone day and night-time driving solution, or as an integrated solution with existing Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) technologies.

”We are absolutely thrilled with the performance of our sensor using TowerJazz’s leading edge CIS technology,” said Dr. Ofer David, CEO of BrightWay Vision. “The tight cooperation on the development between our R&D team and the excellent pixel development team of TowerJazz, allowed us to produce a very high performing sensor that is now being evaluated by leading car manufacturers.”

“Our distinctive technology and deep knowledge and experience in global shutter pixels allowed us to develop a unique pixel that cannot be found elsewhere and can provide a gated image in a high frame rate with extremely good pixel properties,” said Dr. Avi Strum, VP and GM of the CIS Business Unit at TowerJazz. “We have very high confidence in BrightWay’s capabilities and ability to drive this breakthrough solution into the automotive market.”

TowerJazz’s advanced and proven CMOS image sensor technology is intended to meet the established growing demand for optical sensors used in automotive, consumer, industrial, and medical applications. TowerJazz’s lengthy experience in the imaging field, combined with its own technology developed in-house, enables best-in-class customized designs. TowerJazz’s skilled experts support the customization of pixels per project and specific customer needs and its superior performance (dark current, low noise and dynamic range) enables a rich offering for various digital imaging applications.

Prototype systems with the image sensor have shipped to OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers.

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