ON Semiconductor, driving energy efficient innovations, has announced from its barrio the introduction of the first devices in its new-fangled PYTHON CMOS image sensor family.
Braced with resolutions of 300 K, 500 K and 1.3 Mega pixels (MPix) respectively, the PYTHON 300, 500 and 1300 are designed to be able to address the needs of general purpose industrial image sensing applications such as machine vision, followed by inspection and motion monitoring, as well as security and surveillance applications including intelligent transportation systems (ITS).
ON Semiconductor’s new global shutter image sensors from their part combine flexibility in configuration and resolution with high speed and high sensitivity aimed at the industrial imaging market.
ON Semiconductor has an already extensive patent portfolio within the image sensing space, together with new coverage for in-pixel CDS (ipCDS) technology facilitating global shutter imaging with Correlated Double Sampling (CDS) in a compact pixel size, resulting in CCD-like optical performance with attractive combinations of optical format and resolution.
This novel PYTHON pixel allows the capture of fast moving scenes sans distortion by way of combining a read noise of less than 9 e-, with 7.7 V/lux sensitivity and frame rates as high as 850 frames per second. A highly configurable sequencer also allows designers to tailor the sensor operation to the exact needs of the application, plus support for fast on the fly updates to the sensor configuration. Operational support across the -40°C to +85°C industrial temperature range further underlines PYTHON’s versatility.
The fresh VGA, SVGA and SXGA are the first three sensors in the PYTHON family, with additional higher resolutions scheduled for release in the near future. All are pin-to-pin compatible with one-another and with the existing VITA1300 image sensor.
The result being a hardware scalable product family where all sensors have the same data, control and optical interface, allowing camera vendors to rapidly roll-out multiple resolutions to the market with minimized development effort.