Swiss event-based vision startup launches next-gen chip

August 21, 2019 //By Peter Clarke
Swiss event-based vision startup launches next-gen chip
Event-based machine vision system developer Insightness AG (Zurich, Switzerland) has announced its second image sensor, the SiliconEye 2.

Insightness appears to provide a point of differentiation from similar event-based vision companies by allowing both event-based sparse data capture and traditional high-resolution images on the same pixel grid. The companies state the two modalities share the same pixel grid and can co-exist without interference.

This has the advantage of allowing traditional advance photo system (APS) computer vision software on frames while also allowing low-latency low power, low light event capture.

Insightness is aiming its chips and sensors at spatial awareness for mobile devices, drones and robots and applications in augmented reality.

The company develops biologically-inspired vision sensor chips that contain smart pixels tht compress information in the pixel thereby saving time, power and computation.

The SiliconEye 2 offers a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels, greyscale and global shuttering as well as event capture. The chip is in a stacked back-side illuminated (BSI) manufacturing process with pixels on a 7.2-micron pitch. The chip has a 1-inch by 1.7-inch form factor.

The Rino 4 sensor based on the SiliconEye is available in the 3Q19.

Insightness was founded in 2014 by PhD students as a spin-off from University of Zurich and ETH Zurich.

Related links and articles:

www.insightness.com

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