OmniVision's automotive reference design system for developing automotive imaging systems
OmniVision Technologies, Inc.’s new automotive reference design system (ARDS) provides a plug-and-play platform for developing automotive imaging systems. The modular approach of the ARDS is designed to allow automotive imaging-system and software developers to mix and match image sensors, image signal processors, and long-distance serializer modules. With its compact form factor, the ARDS is suited for advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), rear video mirrors, camera monitor systems (CMS), and dash cameras, the company reports.
"The lack of modularity and integration difficulties in current approaches to system design force automotive OEMs to design their own modules and often wait for third-party developments. Additionally, existing demo systems are not suitable for mounting on a vehicle for evaluation and testing, and do not allow for real-time video testing. As a result, time-to-market can be slow and costly," said Thilo Rausch, Product Marketing Manager at OmniVision. "Our ARDS reduces the design efforts and resources required to develop working prototype solutions. It allows customers to design-in OmniVision image sensors and image signal processors and reduces the cost and time of evaluating and testing a new system."
The ARDS demo kits feature the OV2775 image sensor, optional OV495 image signal processor (ISP), and serializer camera module. The OV2775 is built on 2.8-µm OmniBSI-2 Deep Well pixel technology, which offers a 16-bit linear output from a single exposure with low-light sensitivity. The sensor is reportedly capable of recording 1920 x 1080 resolution video at 30 or 60 frames per second with a dynamic range exceeding 120 dB. The ARDS is available in two configurations, with or without the OV495 ISP.