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IMX415 for security applications

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Sony Semiconductor Solutions launches a new image sensor for compact security applications. The IMX415 combines the STARVIS™ technology for excellent visibility in low light surveillance with new “Prior Low Noise Circuit” (PLNC) technology for better SNR. The IMX415 is a very compact candidate for low light applications in security and for challenging environments in industrial and factory automation.

Available from Sony’s decades-long partner and vision expert FRAMOS, the new Type 1/2.8-type CMOS sensor reaches a resolution of 8 Megapixel with 1.45µm pixel and a high-speed frame rate of 90 fps at 10-bit. High sensitivity, low dark current and no smear are achieved through the adoption of R, G and B primary color mosaic filters. Multiple HDR filter further increase the image quality.

Sony’s focus on image sensor design is not limited to pixel count and size but to getting the very best performance from each pixel in all imaging scenarios. The new PLNC technology further increases the sensitivity while keeping signal-to-noise ratio low. “Sony created the Prior Low Noise Circuit to ensure the quality of signal sampled on the pixel is provided to the user. This proprietary technology matches the quality and low-level signal of Sony’s pixel design, allowing its full potential to be realised,” says Chris Baldwin, Manager Technical Service at FRAMOS. “The ability to measure lower signal levels has obvious direct benefits but it also provides a platform for low brightness HDR and better colour rendition”.

Sibel Yorulmaz-Cokugur, Sensor Expert at FRAMOS, adds: “The IMX415 is great for Embedded Vision applications dealing with challenging light conditions. 8 Megapixel, speed frame rates and a very compact packaging with MIPI interface are a solid quality base. The STARVIS™ technology extended by PLNC, HDR functions and the combination of DOL, binning and window cropping brings an exceptional low light performance to security, surveillance and industrial automation.”

Evaluation samples of Sony’s IMX415 are available from now, mass production starts in late summer 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. In addition, FRAMOS provides a broad range of support services for development, customization, and logistics.

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