AUGUST 22--OmniVision Technologies Inc. (Sunnyvale, CA), an independent supplier of single CameraChip solutions for high-volume imaging applications, has announced sampling of its third-generation 1.3-Mpixel (1280 x 1024) CameraChip solutions designed for the high-volume, low-cost digital still and video camera markets. The color OV9630 and black-and-white OV9130 are lower-cost versions of OmniVision's OV9620 and OV9120 megapixel products announced in November 2001.
"This latest CameraChip offering can reduce the design cost for entry-level digital still cameras," said John Lynch, vice president of sales and marketing for OmniVision. "With a 1/3-in. lens format, the OV9630 not only has a lower cost point for manufacturers but also allows them to use lower-cost lens solutions. These two factors should make digital still cameras more affordable for consumers."
For digital still cameras, 1.3 Mpixels are generally considered the level of resolution required for printing keepsake quality digital images. More pixels enable clearer and larger prints. The OV9130 and OV9630 are also designed for cell-phone cameras, automotive cameras, security cameras, and machine-vision applications.