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IMX335 image sensor

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Sony Semiconductor Solutions recently launched its new IMX335 image sensor for security applications and select industrial and factory automation type applications. Available from global imaging expert FRAMOS, the 1/2.8" imager offers a resolution of 5 megapixels at a pixel size of 2µm. This sensor has a backside illuminated pixel architecture providing high sensitivity with frame rates of up to 60 frames per second through a MIPI interface which provides excellent image quality and speed needed for embedded vision integration.

The IMX335 CMOS sensor has a 6.52mm diagonal providing 5MP resolution with a 2592 (H) x 1944 (V) effective image size while keeping the power consumption low. The Sony Starvis backside illuminated pixel technology used on this chip allows for high sensitivity in the visible light and near infrared spectrums making it ideal for security and surveillance applications.

Sibel Yorulmaz-Cokugur, Sensor Expert at FRAMOS, says: “Different readout modes support advanced surveillance options and a further improved picture quality. The horizontal/vertical 2x2 line binning mode, for example, allows the summing of neighboring pixels to provide a “super pixel” that is brighter and can provide more information, especially under low light conditions. This is an important feature in security and surveillance applications as they are often used in ranging lighting conditions, both indoors and outdoors, with no way to improve the brightness of the captured images with external illumination.”

Features like a dynamic range up to 72dB, advanced HDR functions and digital overlap HDR further improve the image quality and contrast behavior allowing for more detailed image analysis. These features when combined with the low dark current performance and no smear further improve its performance in applications looking at both bright and dark regions at once. The IMX335 is available in both monochrome and color versions.

The IMX335 features a small 7.3mm (H) x 7.1 mm (V) CSP package and provides MIPI CSI-2 serial data output for easy integration in Embedded Vision projects. Evaluation samples are available from FRAMOS, with mass production starting in Q1/2019.

The industry and product experts at FRAMOS are available to support customers with the integration of these new sensors into their applications and projects. FRAMOS also offers a complete and small-footprint sensor module based on the Sony IMX335, pre-soldered on a PCB with a standardized connector with enough circuit conditioning to get the sensor up and running quickly. The module also includes a matching lens and lens mount already assembled. The IMX335 module is part of the FRAMOS ecosystem of sensor modules and interchangeable connectors, that provide engineers and developers with ready-to-use compositions to speed time-to-market and optimize resources. In addition, FRAMOS provides a broad range of support services for development, customization, and logistics.

Image Sensors Europe conference

FRAMOS will be presenting its image sensor portfolio at the Image Sensors Europe Conference in London, UK, March 13-14, 2019. FRAMOS will be providing information on the latest advances in sensor technology and presenting the latest models from Sony Semiconductor and ON Semiconductor. Pyxalis, FRAMOS’ partner for custom sensors, will also show its portfolio at the venue.

Image Sensors Europe offers an ideal platform for end-users to network with camera system suppliers, sensor design houses, technology developers and optics suppliers. Combined with a rich conference program, sensor market leaders like Sony, LFoundry, On Semiconductor, Amazon Lab126, Panasonic and many more speakers will give a comprehensive overview of future industry trends.

Björn Krasemann, Head of Sales Central Europe at FRAMOS, says: “At the Image Sensors Europe, the FRAMOS offering will focus on SONY’s third generation Pregius sensors and high speed SLVS-EC signaling with solutions to speed-up the development time and to save resources for embedded vision products. The award-winning Sony IMX250 sensor, with its on-chip polarization, will be another highlight demonstrating how it can provide results in accelerated and refined image captures. Also, we will show the latest imagers from ON Semiconductors from their new flagship series XGS, including the family of new models designed for a broader Megapixel range.”

The FRAMOS sensor experts are available to advise customers about the integration of the newest sensors in their applications and projects. FRAMOS also provides additional services such as development support, customization, and logistics its customers.

The Image Sensors Europe Conference will be held at the Park Plaza Victoria Hotel, in London.

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