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Aptina Combines Full HD Resolution With Wide Dynamic Range to Create Next Generation Surveillance Image Sensor

Aptina's 3MP, 1/3-Inch Image Sensor Delivers High-End Solution with Sub 1-Lux Low Light Performance

San Jose, CA, April 20, 2011 —

Aptina, a leading provider of CMOS image sensors to the industry's most popular surveillance camera manufacturers, announced today the launch of the AR0331surveillance image sensor. The 3.1-megapixel sensor was created to meet the needs of the growing full HD video-centric surveillance market with the exceptional performance of the new 2.2-micron pixel sensor featuring Aptina™ A-Pix™ technology. The AR0331 targets the mainstream 1/3-inch optical format surveillance camera market with excellent image quality. The sensor provides surveillance camera manufacturers with a performance upgrade to current 3-megapixel sensor designs with a best-in-class feature set to combining full HD video with wide dynamic range (WDR) capability and built-in adaptive local tone mapping. The new sensor provides HD video of up to 1080p at 60 fps employing advanced binning techniques to enable the sensor's sub 1-lux low light performance. The second HD image sensor in Aptina's surveillance portfolio, like the MT9M033 (720p/60fps), the AR0331 image sensor's low light and dynamic range capabilities enable a surveillance camera to capture HD video in the most challenging environments.

"Aptina's newest surveillance imager provides IP surveillance camera designers with an imaging solution that produces stunning 1080p HD video at 60 frames per second, in low light or high contrast light conditions,” says David Zimpfer, General Manager of Aptina's Automotive Industrial Business Unit. “The AR0331 is a strong addition to our portfolio of surveillance products and sets the standard for next generation IP surveillance cameras."

The AR0331 provides camera designers with a broad list of benefits to enable exemplary imaging performance in surveillance applications. The sensor's 1/3-inch optical format, an industry standard, makes it easy to find cost-effective megapixel lens. The new sensor delivers excellent image quality with Aptina's best 2.2-µm pixel performance along with the means to capture 1080p/60 video in very low light condition as well as in high contrast lighting condition up to 100dB with WDR. Additionally, trigger mode and strobe light sync features allow 3D/stereo vision support and license plate reading operations support.

About Aptina A-Pix Techonology

Aptina A-Pix is a series of advanced pixel technologies, featuring lightguide, deep photodiode, and 65nm pixel design rules that cost-effectively advance pixel performance. Aptina A-Pix enhances quantum efficiency and minimizes crosstalk to capture sharp images with vibrant colors even in the low-light conditions that challenge traditional sensors. Aptina has already shipped millions of imaging products containing earlier generations of Aptina's reliable and established FSI technology. For more information, visit Aptina's website at


Sampling now, Aptina's AR0331 is currently being evaluated by several leading security camera providers. Mass production is scheduled for calendar Q4 2011. It is available in 10mm x 10mm iLCC and 9mm x 9mm iBGA packages.

About Aptina

Aptina is a global provider of CMOS imaging solutions with a growing portfolio of products that can be found in all leading mobile phone and notebook computer brands as well as a wide range of products for digital and video cameras, surveillance, medical, automotive and industrial applications, video conferencing, barcode scanners, toys, and gaming. Aptina enables Imaging Everywhere™ and continually drives innovation in the market as seen with the introduction of the first 14MP CMOS image sensor for point-and-shoot and hybrid cameras (MT9F001), and the industry’s first 5MP SOC with ¼” format (MT9P111). Privately held, Aptina’s investors include Riverwood Capital, TPG Capital and Micron Technology. For additional information on Aptina visit or subscribe to the latest news from Aptina by copying the Aptina RSS feed into your favorite RSS reader.


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