OmniVision Announces Video Sensor For Notebooks & Netbooks

OmniVision Technologies is announcing the new 3mm OV7739 video sensor, designed to “address the low-light sensitivity demands of the [notebook and netbook] market.” It supports multiple interfaces and can be used for tasks like video conferencing and even gaming.

Techno Systems Research notes that “90 percent of notebook PCs and Netbooks will include an integrated camera by 2013,” so OmniVision’s release may be an attractive option for those looking to boost video performance when chatting with friends and colleagues.

Nick Nam, senior product manager for Notebook and Games/Toys at OmniVision, explained what exactly the OV7739 brings to the market.

“Video conferencing and recording is more popular than ever with tools such as Skype and YouTube. Our OV7739 is the first sensor to offer this specific combination of performance, features, versatility and form factor… By providing support for multiple interfaces, system designers can the same electrical design across various products and market segments, significantly improving time-to-market.”

The OmniPixel3-HS architecture in the OV7739 improves performance in low light. High quality video should be more accessible in just about any lighting condition. Additional specs are as follows, according to the press release:

“The OV7739 is capable of operating at 30 frames per second (fps) in VGA resolution and 60 fps in QVGA resolution with complete user control over image quality, formatting and output data transfer. It provides full-frame, sub-sampled, windowed or scaled 8-bit/10-bit images in RAW RGB and YUV formats.”

Gaming and other tasks have been long-neglected in netbooks, so it will be exciting to see what OmniVision brings to the table once the OV7739 hits the market.

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