At Truesense Imaging, the first shipment of a new product is always very exciting. As a new product comes to market, the hard work that goes into the development of that device – from specification and design to manufacture and characterization – can now bear fruit as camera manufacturers incorporate the device into their camera designs, making the latest performance and feature enhancements available to their end customers. But if shipment of a new product is a cause for celebration, right now we’re having quite a party – because we’ve just released not one but three new devices into production.
First is the 12 megapixel KAC-12040 CMOS Image Sensor, the first in a planned family of CMOS devices that combine high image quality under both global and rolling shutter operation with very high frame rate, flexible readout modes for accessing multiple regions of interest, and excellent near-IR sensitivity – features becoming vital in a variety of machine vision, intelligent transportation systems, and surveillance applications. Based on a 4.7 micron pixel architecture, the 4/3 optical format KAC-12040 supports multiple regions of interest (ROI) and interspersed video streams, making this device ideal for applications that require both high resolution and high frame rate.
The other new devices – the KAI-02170 and KAI-04070 Image Sensors – are the latest members of the TRUESENSE 7.4-micron Interline Transfer CCD Family, which provides superior image quality for the most demanding imaging applications. The KAI-02170 is an upgrade to our KAI-2093 Image Sensor, retaining the 1080p (1920 x 1080) resolution in 1” optical format of the older device but providing faster frame rate (up to 60 fps) and improved image quality. In similar manner, the KAI-04070 improves upon the existing KAI-4011, KAI-4021, and KAI-04022 family of products by retaining the same 4 megapixel (2048 x 2048) resolution in a 4/3 optical format, but again providing increased frame rate (up to 28 fps) and improved image quality. Dynamic range of the new devices is 70 dB (and can be extended to 82 dB in binned pixel operation) and they provide 115 dB of smear rejection, allowing them to excel under the most challenging imaging conditions. The new devices are also pin and package compatible with our 5.5 micron pixel family of products, allowing camera manufacturers to easily leverage existing camera designs to support the new devices.
Resolution, frame rate, image quality, and performance – an unbeatable combination, especially when available from both CMOS and CCD products.
And cause for at least a little celebration.