At CES 2018, ON Semiconductor unveils the AR0430 1/3.2-inch Back Side Illuminated (BSI) 4 Megapixel (MP) CMOS digital image sensor. The device delivers 120 fps and supports slow-motion video in 4 MP mode. Of note, the sensor’s embedded functionality allows users to capture a color image and simultaneous depth map from a single device; a feature that is allegedly only possible when using a second sensor for independent depth mapping. The design and feature set resulted in the AR0430 being selected as an Awards Honoree in the Embedded Technologies category of the CES 2018 Innovation Awards.
Simultaneous video and depth mapping is enabled by ON Semiconductor’s Super Depth technology. Techniques in the sensor, Color Filter Array (CFA) and the micro-lens create a data stream containing both image and depth data. This data is combined via an algorithm to deliver a 30-fps video stream and depth map of anything within one meter of the camera. This allows capabilities such as interpretation of hand gestures to control smart IoT devices as well as the creation of simple 3D models for AR/VR use.
The AR0430 has an active-pixel array of 2316 (H) x 1746 (V), giving a 4:3 aspect ratio. The device offers low-power performance of just 125 milliwatts (mW) when operating with a 4 MP data stream at 30 fps; this reduces to just 8 mW in low power monitoring mode - especially valuable in battery-powered applications. In standard imaging mode, the CMOS sensor can deliver high quality imaging in both daytime and nighttime lighting conditions, enhancing its suitability for use in security cameras.
Engineering samples are available in bare die format, and will be in full production later in Q1’ 2018. Raving for more specs and details? An AR0430 datasheet is available for the asking.