OmniVision’s New 13-Megapixel PureCel®Plus Sensor Brings High-End Imaging Capabilities to Mainstream Smartphones

OmniVision Technologies, Inc., a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, today announced the OV13855, its third-generation 13-megapixel 1.12-micron pixel sensor. The OV13855, built on OmniVision’s advanced PureCel®Plus pixel technology, brings superior image quality to mainstream smartphone cameras.

With an optimized design and advanced features such as PDAF, the OV13855 is an ideal solution for rear-facing cameras in mainstream smartphones, as well as front-facing and dual cameras for high-end mobile devices.

“The 13-megapixel resolution segment is becoming the minimum box specification for rear-facing cameras in mid- to low-end smartphones. Recent market research suggests that the 13-megapixel smartphone camera module market may grow at a CAGR of 16 percent through 2020,” said Badri Padmanabhan, product marketing manager at OmniVision. “With its compact form factor and advanced feature set, the OV13855 provides pioneering OEMs with an excellent opportunity to integrate 13-megapixel image sensors into their high-end smartphones for front-facing or dual camera applications.”

Leveraging OmniVision’s PureCel®Plus pixel technology, the OV13855 delivers best-in-class pixel performance, with significant improvements in low-light performance, color crosstalk reduction and angular response when compared with previous-generation 13-megapixel sensors. The OV13855 captures full-resolution 13-megapixel still images at 30 frames per second (FPS) and records ultra-high resolution 4K2K video at 45 FPS, 1080p full high definition (HD) at 60 FPS, or 720p HD at 90 FPS.

With its compact design and two-sided bond pad layout, the OV13855 can easily be integrated into 8.5 x 8.5 mm autofocus modules with z-heights of less than 5 mm for main cameras, and 7.5 x 7.5 mm fixed focus modules with z-heights of less than 4.5 mm for high-end front-facing cameras.

The OV13855 is currently available for sampling, and is expected to enter volume production in the second quarter of 2016. The sensor is available in non-PDAF (OV13858) and monochrome (OV13355) versions to support front-facing and dual-camera applications.