Omnivision Technologies has introduced its latest one-megapixel image sensor designed for advanced automotive imaging applications.
The new AutoVision OV9715 camera includes a zero-degree micro lens shift and 1280 x 800 pixel array, making it suitable for advanced forward-looking and extreme wide-angle applications.
It has been optimised for use in automotive vision and sensing system combinations, including rear view and trajectory-based lane departure warning systems.
Inayat Khajasha, senior automotive product marketing manager at OmniVision, said megapixel resolution is critical for multi-camera systems with extreme wide-angle lenses.
"Lower resolution camera systems cannot handle electronic distortion correction without a considerable loss of image resolution, which can seriously compromise driver and passenger safety," he commented.
According to market research firm Techno Systems Research, the percentage of new vehicles with integrated cameras is predicted to rise from 20 per cent in 2008 to almost 70 per cent in 2012.
In 2008 Omnivision appeared in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 for the sixth consecutive year.