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CMOS global shutter image sensor for mixed reality applications

ON Semiconductor has introduced the AR0234CS 2.3 Mp CMOS image sensor with global shutter technology, targeting a variety of applications including machine vision cameras, AR/VR/MR headsets, and autonomous mobile robots (AMRs).

The AR0234CS is able to capture 1080p video and single frames operating up to 120 frames per second (fps). The 2.3 Mp sensor produces crisp and clear images by minimising frame-to-frame distortion in high-speed scenes and reducing the motion artifacts that other image sensors can experience.

The sensor’s pixel architecture delivers the high dynamic range needed to support lighting conditions from the darkness of night to bright sunlight. The low noise and improved low-light response makes it suitable for applications spanning across consumer, commercial and industrial IoT, and the extended operating temperature range makes it deployable in challenging outdoor conditions.

Other advanced features include: programmable regions of interest with on-chip histogram, auto exposure control and 5 x 5 statistics engine, fully integrated strobe illumination control, a flexible row and column skip mode, along with horizontal and vertical mirroring, windowing and pixel binning.

Together with the AP1302 Image Signal Processor (ISP), the AR0234CS can deliver a comprehensive camera system that can be designed and developed quickly for fast time-to-market. In addition, system designers can access the DevSuite software to evaluate features and capabilities, configure and tune the sensor, and provide a ready-made output that is usable for further image processing.

The AR0234CS is offered in colour and mono variants, with 0° or 28° CRA. Samples and development hardware are available now.

Neil Tyler

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