Image Sensor Pairs 8-Mpixel Res With NIR Imaging

OmniVision Technologies’ OS08A20 is the latest addition to its family of image sensors equipped with the Company's Nyxel near-infrared (NIR) technology. It is the first 8-Mpixel sensor to combine Nyxel technology with OmniVision's PureCel pixel architecture, which allows the sensor to capture high resolution video and images in all lighting conditions, making the OS08A20 a viable for professional surveillance systems.


Nyxel technology delivers significant quantum efficiency (QE) improvement at 850 nm and 940 nm while maintaining a high-modulation transfer function, allowing the OS08A20 to monitor a larger area compared with legacy technologies. Eliminating the need for external lighting sources reduces power consumption and enables covert surveillance for improved security. The OS08A20 is also a color CMOS image sensor, employing the PureCel pixel architecture with backside illumination to capture crisp, clear color images during the daytime.


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The OS08A20 supports image sizes up to 3,840 x 2,160 (16:9 aspect ratio) to capture high-resolution video at 60 fps. It comes in a 2 µm x 2 µm pixel size and 1/2-inch optical format for improved sensitivity. This image sensor is currently sampling and is expected to start volume production in the second quarter of 2018. For further illuminations, peruse the

OS08A20 datasheet and product guide.