OmniVision Technologies (http://www.ovt.com ) has introduced the OV2720, the world’s first 1/6-inch, native 1080p/30 high-definition (HD) CMOS image sensor designed for notebook, netbook, webcam and video conferencing applications. Hmmm, sounds like something we might see in future Apple laptops — or perhaps a next gen iPad.
Based on OmniVision’s 1.4 micron OmniBSI backside illumination technology, the new 1080p sensor delivers video conference quality HD video recording in a small enough form factor to meet the module size and height requirements of today’s thin notebook designs. The OV2720 is currently sampling with multiple tier-one customers and is slated to go into mass production in June.
iChat capabilities were expected by some in the first version of the iPad. Of course, that didn’t happen. But we could see it in iPad version 2.0. Also, it sounds as if the OmniVision sensor migtt allow for higher def iChatting in Apple laptops.
After all, display formats are moving to a 16 x 9 aspect ratio, TV broadcast is embracing HD, and social media platforms such as YouTube and Facebook are supporting HD. The OV2720 is purportedly the first 1/6-inch sensor to offer native 1080p HD resolution. Native HD enables full field of view video with optimized image quality, sensitivity, color reproduction and clarity because no scaling or cropping is required to achieve HD resolution.
The OV2720 CMOS image sensor supports multiple platform architectures and controllers with both parallel and MIPI interfaces. It allows system designers to leverage the same opto-electrical design across various products and multiple market segments to reduce product development time. Exposure control, white balance and defective pixel canceling are programmable through the serial camera control bus interface.
This might or might not show up in future Apple products. But it certainly sounds like a contender.
— Dennis Sellers