OmniVision & GEO Semiconductor Announce New Joint Camera Solution to Provide 140dB HDR & LFM

OmniVision Technologies and GEO Semiconductor have announced a joint solution to provide higher quality images for rear-view cameras (RVCs), surround-view systems (SVS), and e-mirrors. The joint solution, as described by the companies, allows camera designers to process images captured by two OmniVision sensors with full high dynamic range (HDR) and LED flicker mitigation (LFM) using a single GEO camera video processor. 

Earlier this year, OmniVision announced a pair of new imaging solutions for the ADAS market. The two new products, the OX03C10 ASIL-C automotive image sensor and the OVM9284 CameraCubeChip module, are meant to address current automotive trends identified by OmniVision’s leaders.

The OX03C10 Plays a Critical Role

The joint solution between OmniVision and GEO Semiconductor will employ the OX03C10. OmniVision’s OX03C10 sensor includes a 3.0-micron pixel size, a high dynamic range of 140dB, and optimization for LFM performance. According to OmniVision, the OX03C10 is the first of its kind with HDR and LFM that delivers 1920x1280p resolution at the highest rate of 60 frames per second. 

The OX03C10 image sensor will complement the GEO GW5 CVP family’s ability to process 140dB HDR images with full LFM at 60 frames per second (fps). Conversely, the GW5 family’s advanced local tone mapping enables it to make optimal use of the OX03C10’s HDR and LFM image captures to provide a better image for the driver.

For example, the GW5 includes GEO’s 5th-generation eWARP geometric processor to de-warp fisheye lenses exceeding a 180-degree wide field of view. According to GEO Semiconductor, the GW5 reduces system complexity and cost by requiring no external DDR memory and supporting dual sensor input that can process the captures from two OX03C10 sensors simultaneously.

“We have partnered with OmniVision for more than five years because of its leading pixel technologies and strong track record in working with automotive tier-ones around the globe,” explained John Casey, Vice President and General Manager for automotive at GEO. “This latest joint solution provides an exciting opportunity, leveraging the GW5’s ability to process the captures from two image sensors simultaneously while providing the automotive industry’s highest HDR and LFM at 60 fps using OmniVision’s new OX03C10.” 

“GEO is a longtime partner and brings industry-leading image signal processing performance, including the ability to process 140dB captures, along with the in-depth knowledge of customer pain points that comes from being an approved vendor with a proven product,” said Andy Hanvey, Director of Automotive Marketing at OmniVision. “With the recent launch of our OX03C10 image sensor, we recognized that GEO and OmniVision could once again collaborate and make it easier for automotive designers to create the highest quality viewing cameras, across all lighting conditions, and in the presence of flickering LEDs from headlights, road signs, and traffic signals.”

Where to Learn More

OmniVision recently gave a presentation at the Brussels edition of AutoSens 2020. That presentation is available, on-demand, for AutoSens attendees. A virtual demo and live Q&A for this joint solution between OmniVision and GEO Semiconductor will commence during the next installment of AutoSens on October 14th.