Omnivision has announced a number of new sensor breakthroughs at CES 2022 that will soon find their way into the next generation of smartphones, webcams, VR headsets and other devices. Here’s what you can expect from the company.
Smartphone camera and 144Hz screen
Perhaps the most notable of these breakthroughs is a smartphone camera sensor called OVBOB with a record-breaking 200 megapixels. To accomplish this, Omnivision has created the world’s smallest pixels, each measuring just 0.61 µm in size. It also integrated a 100% quad phase detection system to improve autofocus performance, along with a 16-cell color filter array for enhanced preview and video quality.
We’re expecting to see the first batch of 200MP-capable smartphones in 2022, though we don’t know which specific manufacturers will be using them just yet. Omnivision told Nerdshala that the 200MP sensor is for flagship devices, so we can make a reasonably educated guess that it will come to all top-tier phones from manufacturers like Samsung, Xiaomi, Huawei, Motorola, and others.
Omnivision is also building out new and improved display technology with the TD4377, a touch and display driver that boosts touch report rates with 1080p resolution and 1a 44hz display frame rate. To be clear, that’s how the smartphone sees your input, not the resolution and refresh rate you user see. Essentially, it boils down to the TD4377 being significantly more responsive to user input than other touchscreen interfaces.
Better Webcams and VR
Another interesting camera that Omnivision announced is the OV02C webcam, which is the first 1/7-inch 2MP for Full HD video. This is important because it means the OV02C is a camera that’s small enough to fit in extremely small spaces like ultrathin laptop bezels while still providing relatively high resolution recording. Dell has chosen this sensor for its next-gen Latitude laptops, specifically the Latitude 5000, 7000 and 9000. Hopefully, this camera will help put an end to the long-standing bad quality of almost all laptop webcams.
Of interest to virtual reality (VR) enthusiasts is the Okota camera, the first fully integrated Backside Illuminated Sensor (BSI) eye-tracking camera. The camera has a global shutter, and is the smallest eye-tracking camera module currently available. Omnivision is developing OCOTA in coordination with Tobii, a leader in eye-tracking technology. This camera has big implications for VR as well as augmented reality and mixed reality applications
smart home improvement
Other announcements from Omnivisian include a new security camera designed in collaboration with Ajax Systems that delivers ultra-low-power HDR designed for low-light conditions, fast boot speeds and a high degree of autonomy for use in remote areas. Uses sensor. Omnivision also unveiled new cameras for use in cars, such as surround view cameras, electronic mirrors and driver behavior monitoring.
The overall conclusion here is that Omnivision is pushing the boundaries of electronic imaging to add innovative and unprecedented capabilities to a wide range of devices. Considering that these cameras are designed to be integrated into our lives, the company name is certainly apt.