CMOS sensors offer 12-bit image quality at high frame rate

October 27, 2020 //By Rich Pell
CMOS image sensors for high-res industrial imaging
Semiconductors supplier ON Semiconductor has announced that it has expanded its XGS family of image sensors with high-performance, low-noise products that offer 12-bit image quality at a high frame rate.

New offerings include the XGS 45000 , XGS 30000 , and XGS 20000 , which provide detailed imaging with up to 45 Mp for resolution critical applications and up to 60 fps in 8K video mode. Also available is the new XGS 5000 , designed with low-power performance and state-of-the-art image quality for compact 29 x 29 mm 2 camera designs. Alongside the XGS 5000, 3 Mp and 2 Mp variants have been released for production.

All of the XGS devices feature a 3.2 µm pixel size giving high resolution while the advanced pixel design, says the company, ensures low noise performance and image quality that is essential in challenging IoT applications such as machine vision and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). A global shutter ensures that moving objects can be captured without any motion artifacts.

To simplify and accelerate time-to-market, the XGS devices offer a common architecture which allows one camera design to be developed easily with multiple resolutions. A wide range of development tools are offered to support the design process:

  • A demo kit includes a hardware platform with DevSuite software, which allows full sensor evaluation with access to all register settings.
  • The X-Celerator platform includes public FPGA code and provides a direct interface to standard FPGA development environments including Xilinx and Altera.
  • Supporting XGS devices up to 16 Mp, the X-Cube platform is a full 29 x 29 mm 2 reference design that offers HiSPi-to-MIPI conversion via a Lattice FPGA as well as image capture, processing, and analysis using the DevSuite software.

ON Semiconductor


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