OmniVision Announces OV16880, Industry's First 16-Megapixel Sensor Built on 1-Micron Pixels

SANTA CLARA, CA -- OmniVision Technologies, Inc. unveils the OV16880, a 16-megapixel image sensor built on OmniVision's PureCel-S stacked die technology. The 1/3-inch OV16880 introduces a new 1-micron pixel technology from OmniVision that enables ultra-high resolution image and video capture, as well as advanced features such as phase detection autofocus (PDAF).

"Industry observers expect the 1/3-inch image sensor market for 13-megapixel to 16-megapixel resolution segments to double within the next two years, driven mostly by the proliferation of higher resolution mainstream smartphones and tablets," said Kalai Chinnaveerappan, senior product marketing manager at OmniVision. "The OV16880 is the industry's first 1/3-inch 16-megapixel image sensor, putting it in the forefront of this high-growth market segment. The sensor enables slim devices to transition from a 13-megapixel to 16-megapixel camera while maintaining excellent image quality and pixel performance."

OmniVision's OV16880 PureCel-S™ image sensor leverages the company's stacked die technology to deliver a host of advanced features such as PDAF and fast contrast autofocus in a compact package. Additionally, the OV16880 features buried color filter array (BCFA) technology, which dramatically reduces pixel crosstalk and improves signal-to-noise ratio performance.

The OV16880 PureCel-S™ image sensor is capable of capturing 16-megapixel (4672 x 3504 pixels) images at 30 frames per second (FPS), thus allowing burst photography and zero shutter lag at full resolution. Additionally, the sensor is capable of capturing 4K video at 30 FPS, 1080p video at 90 FPS, and 720p video at 120 FPS. The OV16880 supports interlaced high dynamic range (iHDR) timing functionality to further ensure high quality image and video capture under varying lighting conditions.

The OV16880 fits into a compact 8.5 mm x 8.5 mm module with a z-height of less than 5 mm. The sensor is currently available for sampling, and is expected to enter volume production in the third quarter of 2015.

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