Aptina Looks Forward with High Dynamic Range Automotive Image Sensor

Aptina Looks Forward with High Dynamic Range Automotive Image Sensor
Aptina, an innovator of CMOS image sensors, announced the launch of the MT9M024 image sensor, the latest addition to the company's growing portfolio of automotive imaging solutions. The 1.2-megapixel, 1/3-inch optical format sensor provides a variety of advanced features that include high dynamic range (HDR) greater than 115dB, full motion compensation and DR-Pix technology that enhances the performance of the pixel in very low light conditions. Detail-rich high definition (HD) video (720p/60fps), and surround-view ready, the MT9M024 provides advanced imaging technology to improve driver safety as a result of excellent image quality for automotive forward-facing solutions like lane departure warning (LDW) and traffic sign recognition (TSR).

“We listened to our customers in the automotive market and understand the need for high performance imaging solutions in automotive applications,” said David Zimpfer, VP and GM, Automotive and Industrial Business Unit at Aptina. “Forward-facing and surround-view applications demand a greater level of technology and sophistication to assist the driver. Solutions like our new MT9M024 enable lane departure warning, sign recognition, stereo vision, pedestrian detection, rear view, surround view and drowsy driver applications.”

High Performance, HDR and DR-Pix Technology
The MT9M024 is fueling new trends in automotive camera technology. The sensor provides high performance with HD video capability (720p/60fps) and excellent pixel sensitivity for capturing details in very low light environments. Applying Aptina's DR-Pix technology, low light performance is improved without compromising image quality. The company's continued focus on high dynamic range (HDR) technology has resulted in a dynamic range of greater than 115dB. This extension of the dynamic range results in excellent image quality in widely contrasting lighting conditions as experienced with forward-facing or viewing automotive applications.

Targeted for automotive suppliers and OEMs, the AEC-Q100 qualified sensor comes in a 9x9mm iBGA package that meets -40oC to +105 degrees Celsius operating temperatures. The sensor offers additional features such as on-chip AE (Automatic Exposure), statistics engine, context switching, temperature sensor, parallel and serial outputs and auto black level calibration.

The MT9M024 is currently sampling and will be in production starting Q3 2011.
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