New image sensor for cars detects objects in extremely low light conditions

29 May 2020

OmniVision Technologies, Inc. announced the expansion of its Nyxel near-infrared (NIR) technology into the automotive market with the new 2.5 megapixel OX03A2S image sensor. This ASIL-B sensor is ideal for exterior imaging applications that operate in low to no ambient light conditions within 2 m of the vehicle.

Source: OmnivisionSource: Omnivision

Nyxel technology uses silicon semiconductor architectures and processes to achieve automotive quantum efficiency of 40% at the 940 nm NIR wavelength. This enables the OX03A2S to detect and recognize objects under extremely low lighting conditions.

Automotive cameras using the OX03A2S will require less illumination, reducing materials cost and overall power consumption. Additionally, this sensor has a 1/2.44 in optical format and comes in an a-CSP package that keeps cameras out of sight.

While this RGB-IR sensor is primarily intended for day and night machine vision applications, it can also provide viewable IR-enhanced RGB images during daytime conditions. Nyxel technology enhances RGB image captures in bright conditions by improving sensitivity. This provides automotive designers with the flexibility to display high quality, NIR-enhanced, viewable RGB image during the day, and high-quality machine vision image in both day and night environments.

This new OX03A2S image sensor is available now, and is AEC-Q100 Grade 2 certified.

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