Imager supplier e2v has increased the resolution of its Sapphire family of global shutter CMOS imaging sensors with a 2Mpixel 1600 x 1200 pixel device.
The EV76C570 device features an identical CLCC48 package with only a minor change in hardware, and retains optical compatibility with the 1.3Mpixel Sapphire sensor that is already in full production.
“The increased resolution is well timed with advances in processing speeds and with the emergence of new higher speed interfaces like USB3.0,” said Gareth Powell, marketing manager of industrial imaging sensors at e2v.
Applications will range from machine vision and smart cameras, to print or barcode scanning, and also outdoor cameras for traffic and surveillance applications.
The image sensor will also support operation for 3D imaging applications.
The sensor retains a 1/1.8 inch optical format thanks to the reduced pixel size of 4.5µm x 4.5µm.
The SPI register banks are also virtually identical, therefore customers who have developed vision systems around the Sapphire (EV76560) and/or Ruby (EV76C660 & EV76C661)1.3Mpixel sensors are able to implement the new EV76C570 to extend their product portfolio with minimal extra development efforts.
Both rolling and global shutter configuration with 3000:1 global shutter efficiency and will support 60frames/s at full resolution with 120MHz clock.
The device is expected to be available for sampling from mid-May onwards, and full production is expected this autumn.