Small Digital Camera Module That Provides Excellent Image Quality

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The image sensor’s wafer-level integrated optics makes integration possible in any size-constrained application

Claimed to be the industry’s smallest, lightest 100k pixel image sensor for providing digital video output for use in mobile or wearable consumer devices like virtual reality (VR) headsets is the new NanEyeC. It enabling all types of visual sensing, is GDPR compliant, connects flexibly to interfaces and is affordable for single-use applications in consumer electronics.

The NanEyeC image sensor is supplied as a lensed, chip-scale module which has a footprint of 1mm2 and weighs about 1g. Combining a wide-angle view with a good depth of focus, the NanEyeC offers the speed and picture quality needed for video applications where the camera must be virtually invisible to the end-user or be accommodated in a very small space.

Sensor characteristics

  • Eye-tracking in VR or augmented reality (AR) headsets or frames
  • People detection and counting in building automation systems such as smart lighting and air conditioning
  • Object detection and avoidance in robotic equipment such as autonomous vacuum clean-ers or the smallest of drones
  • Toys and model trains for an immersive experience
  • Capsule endoscopy or dental imaging tools

“Due to the NanEye’s tiny dimensions and high image quality, the product family already has a loyal following among medical endoscopes manufacturers. Now the NanEyeC consumer version offers the same quality and performance in a compact SGA package suitable for mounting on the space-constrained PCB in wearable or mobile devices,” said Dina Aguiar, Marketing Manager for the Micro Camera Module product line at ams. 

The NanEyeC camera is a full-featured image sensor supplied as a 1mm x 1mm lensed surface-mount module. It provides digital image data at a maximum resolution of 320px x 320px and when in Single Ended Interface Mode (SEIM) can achieve a maximum speed of 58 frames/s. 

The sensor’s digital LVDS or SEIM interfaces make it simple to connect it to any host microcontroller or applications processor. The sensor also has an idle mode for reduced power consumption.

The NanEyeC image sensor and evaluation kit are available from ams.


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