Image Sensors Enhance Next-Gen Auto Safety Systems

STMicroelectronics’ latest automotive global shutter image sensors, the VG5661 and VG5761, perform driver monitoring. The image sensors enhance monitoring of vehicle occupants by capturing the scene as illuminated from the camera, eliminating unpredictable external effects such as sunlight or street lighting.


The components’ high image quality sharpens the responses of driver-monitoring systems, especially under near-infrared illumination close to 940 nm and makes possible new features such as assessing driver attention, passenger comfort, or child behavior. The sensors embed the company’s automotive global shutter technology that strongly minimizes the illumination power consumption, even in high dynamic range mode.


Working with Jungo, ST recently showed how the new sensors enable next-generation driver assistance. Jungo’s driver-monitoring software leverages the images from ST’s sensors to monitor the position and movements of all occupants, assessing the driver’s condition and accurately surveying the location and movements of other vehicle occupants.


The VG5661 and VG5761 are 1.6 Mpixel and 2.3 Mpixel automotive global shutter sensors, respectively. Unlike the rolling shutter which continuously reads data directly from pixels one row at a time, global shutter captures the data at all pixels simultaneously. Both are supplied in standard BGA packages, or as bare die for direct integration in automotive OEM systems produced in high volumes. They are qualified to AEC-Q100 grade 2 and include complex safety-integrity features as required for an ASIL-B camera system in accordance with the automotive safety standard ISO 26262. For more details, checkout the VG5661 and VG5761 datasheets. Also visit STMicroelectronics.


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