OmniVision Technologies, today announced the OV32C, a 32MP image sensor in a compact 1/3.2-inch optical format, which claims to be the “ideal performance/size ratio for next-generation front-facing mobile phone selfie cameras.”

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RGBC Sensor’s low power modes can help enable ‘always-on’ user experiences by facilitating AI processing to automate many of the common tasks of the camera, such as face detection, QR Code scans, etc.

Omnivision, with the launch of OV32C, has aimed to enhance the overall user experience so that they have fast access to their camera functionality at all times.

Omnivision RGBC Sensor

The OV32C is built on OmniVision’s highly successful 0.7µm PureCel®Plus-S pixel technology that provides the ability to squeeze 32MP into a 1/3.2-inch OF. RGBC technology uses a 4-cell color filter pattern with clear pixels and on-chip RGBC-to-Bayer fusion. It supports CPHY and DPHY interfaces and can output 15 frame rates per second (fps) at 32MP, or 30 fps at 8MP with on-chip fusion. The OV32C also offers dual DOVDD support at 1.8 and 1.2 volts.

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“Mobile phone users need the highest possible image quality and resolution from their cameras, but the design challenge is that there is very limited space for the front-facing camera module. Our new OV32C addresses this issue by providing 1/2.8-inch pixel size performance in a compact 1/3.2-inch OF. The OV32C is our first sensor for the mobile phone market to feature RGBC- providing a 50% boost in overall sensitivity to enhance low light image quality. Additionally, we have reduced design complexity for OEMs with an on-chip RGBC to Bayer fusion algorithm, therefore, a separate RGBC processing unit isn’t required,” said Arun Jayaseelan, staff marketing manager at OmniVision.

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