AUGUST 22--OmniVision Technologies Inc. (Sunnyvale, CA; www.ovt.com) and Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI; Dallas, TX; www.ti.com) have announced a joint effort to make it easier for OEMs to develop affordable, high-performance 1394 CMOS cameras. This joint reference design will be based on the OmniVision CMOS image sensor and TI Camera Link and Phy chips. The combined reference design will benefit camera manufacturers by easing the design process, cutting costs, and enabling the manufacturers to speed their time to market. The solution also provides high-quality CMOS video and offers lower power consumption than current CCD-based cameras.
The reference design will combine the TI TSB15LV01PFC Camera Link chip plus Phy (TSB41ABx) with the OmniVision OV76xx CMOS image sensor. The solution will also include software drivers to enable a complete camera solution.
Targeted availability for reference designs for OEMs is fourth quarter of 2001. Under the arrangement, both companies will offer the reference design and comarket and support OEMs that integrate the reference design into their product offerings.