Aptina's HD imager features 3.75-micron pixels

In a 1/3-in. optical format, Aptina's AR0130CS HD image sensor (720p, 60 frames/s) enables low-light (0 lux) performance in surveillance cameras.

Aptina's HD imager features 3.75-micron pixels
Aptina's HD imager features 3.75-micron pixels

In a 1/3-in. optical format, the AR0130CS HD image sensor (720p, 60 frames/s) enables low-light (0 lux) performance in surveillance cameras with its 3.75-micron near-infrared (NIR) detecting pixels. For day/night NIR applications, the sensor's increased sensitivity reduces LED illumination requirements. Aptina DR-Pix technology combines two modes of operation: low conversion gain mode for large charge-handling capacity in bright scenes and a high conversion gain mode with increased sensitivity and low read noise for low-light scenes. It supports camera functions such as auto exposure control, windowing, and both video and single frame capture. The imager is programmable via serial interface and offers a parallel interface for compatibility with various image processors.
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San Jose, CA, USA

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Aptina Extends High Definition Portfolio with New 1/3" Image Sensor Solution
New Aptina Image Sensor Provides IP and CCTV Camera's with Night Vision Capability

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Aptina, a global provider of CMOS imaging solutions that enable Imaging Everywhere, announced today the launch of the AR0130CS image sensor. The 1/3" optical format HD (720p/60fps) sensor provides mainstream surveillance cameras excellent low light (0 lux) performance with its 3.75-micron near infrared (NIR) detecting pixel. For day/night NIR applications the sensors’ increased sensitivity reduces LED illumination requirements resulting in camera bill-of-material savings. The AR0130CS compliments Aptina's portfolio of HD surveillance products, shown in Figure 1, which includes successful wide dynamic range (WDR) solutions like the AR0331SR (1080p/60fps) and the MT9M034 (720p/60fps), and the standard dynamic range AR0330CS (1080p/60fps).

"The AR0130CS provides the surveillance market with a path to upgrade legacy CCTV cameras to high resolution 600-1000 TV line CCTV, or move directly to an HD IP camera solution," says David Zimpfer, General Manager of Aptina's Automotive Industrial Business Unit.

The AR0130CS image sensor’s low-light performance provides video centric applications with exemplary image capture using Aptina DR-Pix technology. The sensor includes sophisticated camera functions such as auto exposure control, windowing, and both video and single frame capture. Additionally, the sensor is programmable via serial interface and offers a parallel interface for compatibility with a variety of image processors. Applications requiring day/night image capture will benefit from the AR0130CS's near infrared performance which is enhanced in the 850nm to 900nm wavelength range. The sensor's 1/3-inch optical format is an industry standard, making it easier to pair with cost-effective megapixel lenses.

Standard Dynamic Range Wide Dynamic Range
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720p/60fps AR0130CS MT9M034
1080p/60fps AR0330CS AR0331SR

Figure 1 Aptina's Portfolio of High Definition Surveillance Sensors

Aptina DR-Pix Technology
Aptina's innovative approach to improving low light performance without compromising image quality utilizes a dynamic response pixel, called Aptina DR-Pix technology. Aptina DR-Pix technology combines two modes of operation in one pixel design -- low conversion gain mode for large charge handling capacity in bright scenes and a high conversion gain mode with increased sensitivity and low read noise for low-light scenes. The result is a sensor, like the company's AR0130CS, that offers the best possible noise performance over all ISO speed conditions. For more information, visit Aptina's website at http://www.aptina.com/products/technology/aptina_dr-pix.jsp

Availability
Aptina's AR0130CS is in mass production now. It is available in a 10mm x 10mm, 48-pin, iLCC package.

About Aptina
Aptina is a global provider of CMOS imaging solutions that enable Imaging Everywhere. Using performance enhancing technologies like Aptina A-Pix, DR-Pix and award winning MobileHDR, Aptina has created a market-leading portfolio of image sensor products found in leading consumer electronics like smartphones, tablets, laptops, digital and video cameras, as well as applications in surveillance, automotive, medical, video conferencing, and gaming. Aptina drives innovation in the market with industry recognized products like the AR0331SR surveillance image sensor and the 16MP APS-C DSLR sensor. Privately held, Aptina's investors include Riverwood Capital, TPG Capital and Micron Technology.

SOURCE: Aptina

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