Image Sensors

CMOS image sensors – always at the center of every smart design

You’re here because you want expertise, you want quality, and you want rock-solid, groundbreaking imagers. We’re confident in our ability to give you what you’ve been looking for. In fact, we believe we’re the masters of pixel technology.

We’re solely focused on developing better sensors and improving our craft. When you partner with Aptina, you’ll have our world-class pixel architecture and manufacturing expertise. We’ve combined world-leading pixel technology with analog readout and digitization expertise to ensure you receive the highest-quality sensors. We make it easy to simplify your camera designs, reduce the device footprint, and help maneuver faster times to market.

Read on to learn more about the CMOS sensor market and how CMOS imagers compare with competing technologies.

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Growing sensor market

CMOS image sensor applications are growing at a phenomenal rate by the year. According to a 2007 IDC study, the fastest-growing areas are in DSCs, DVCs, PC cameras, and camera phones. Consumers are demanding more functionality, including advanced and robust video capabilities on DSCs and camera phones. As far as future growth projections go, IDC has also forecasted that camera phone shipments will reach 1 billion by 2010 and every one of them will have a CMOS sensor (or two) in them.

Aptina image sensor expertise

The quality of a CMOS sensor equals the level of quality you get in an imaging solution and our sensor expertise means you have all the advantages. We have been studying and developing CMOS sensors for over a decade now, beginning when NASA’s Dr. Eric Fossum researched what advantages CMOS image sensors had. And they did have advantages, including less power requirements, more portability, and miniaturized imaging systems.

In 1995, Dr. Fossum co-founded Photobit Corporation to commercialize CMOS image sensors, and they became an industry leader in scientific, military, and industrial applications. In 2001, Micron Technology, a semiconductor company, acquired Photobit. They merged Photobit’s cutting-edge imagers with their own extensive memory-based manufacturing process to make world-leading CMOS sensors.

How CMOS image sensors work

Both CCD and CMOS technologies are based on arrays of light-sensitive pixels (or photosites), which gather photons of light and convert them to a visible image.

CMOS sensors use multiple transistors to amplify and move the charge provided by incoming photons of light, enabling the pixels to be read individually. The CMOS manufacturing process uses standard semiconductor technology, which increases memory photosites, lowers the production cost significantly, and can make integration simpler.

CMOS image sensor advantages

CMOS image sensors have improved by leaps over the last few years. Resolutions are now high enough and run at fast enough frame rates to enable advanced-camera features like electronic pan, tilt, and zoom or image stabilization. CMOS architecture allows for random pixel access and window-of-interest readout for applications requiring image compression, motion detection, or target tracking.

CMOS imagers are now designed in to generations of DSCs, IP security cameras, and even intelligent vehicle systems. Their portability and low power consumption have driven these sensors to dominance in markets like mobile handset camera systems; digital SLRs; and high-speed, machine-vision cameras.

Advantages

Low power that extends battery life
CMOS sensors consume up to 100X less power than CCDs. Because CCDs are essentially capacitive devices, they need external control signals and large clock swings to achieve acceptable charge transfer efficiencies. Their off-chip support circuitry dissipates significant power. CCD systems require numerous power supplies and voltage regulators for operation, whereas CMOS sensors use a single low-voltage supply. Think about this: a CMOS digital camera system operating from a NiCd camcorder battery could operate for a week, while a CCD arrangement could drain the battery in a few hours.
Random access to pixel regions of interest adds flexibility
In CMOS sensors, both the photodetector and the readout amplifier are part of each pixel. This enables the integrated charge to be converted into a voltage inside the pixel, which can then be read out over X-Y wires (instead of using a charge domain shift register, as in CCDs). This capability can be used for on-chip electronic pan, tilt, and zoom. Windowing provides added flexibility in applications that need image compression, motion detection, or target tracking.
No artifacts, smear, or blooming means higher-quality images
CMOS architectures use intra-pixel amplification in conjunction with both temporal and fixed-pattern noise suppression circuitry (correlated double sampling), which produces exceptional imagery in terms of dynamic range (a wide ~120dB) and noise. CMOS sensors also have built-in anti-blooming protection in each pixel.

Image Sensors

Part Number Part Status Res. Optical Format Pixel Size Frame Rate Chroma Package Solution
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AR0130CS Production  1 MP  1/3-inch  3.75 µm  45fps  RBG and Mono  Recon and iLCC  Surveillance 
AR0132AT Production  1.2MP  1/3 inch  3.75µm  60 fps (720p)  RGB, Mono, RCCC  iBGA, Die  Automotive  
AR0134 Production  1.2 MP  1/3"  3.75 um  54 fps  Mono, Color  iBGA, iLCC, Bare die  Scanning, Machina Vision 
AR0140AT MP  1 Mpxl  1/4"  3.0um DR-PIX  720p, 60fps  RGB Bayer  64-ball, iBGA  Automotive 
AR0260 MP  2.1MP  1/6 inch  1.4µm  1080p 30  RGB  Die, CSP  Mobile, PC Notebook, Gaming 
AR0330 Production  3.5MP  1/3 inch  2.2µm  60 fps  RGB  CLCC, CSP, Die  DV 
AR0330CS Production  3MP  1/3 inch  2.2um  30fps  RBG  CSP  DVC 
AR0331 Sampling   3.1MP  1/3-inch  2.2µm  60 fps  RGB  iLCC and iBGA  Surveillance  
AR0542   5MP  1/4 Inch  1.4 μm  15fps  RGB  Die  Mobile 
AR0832E Sampling  8MP  1/3.2 inch  1.4µm BSI  15 fps  RGB  Die  Mobile 
AR0833 Sampling  8MP  1/3.2"  1.4um  30 fps  RGB    Mobile 
AR1011HS Production  4,008 (H) x 2,724 (V)  1" (16.3mm in diagnal)  3.4um x 3.4um  60fps (1/80sec scan rate)  RGB Bayer  124pin CLCC  DSC/ DSLR/ Mirrorless/ Industrial 
AR1230 Sampling  12MP  1/3.2"  1.1um  20 fps  Bayer-RGB  Die  Mobile 
AR1411HS Production   4,620 (H) x 3,084 (V)  1" (15.8mm in diagnal)  2.86um x 2.86um  60fps  RGB  124pin CLCC  DSC/ DSLR/ Mirrorless/ Industrial  
AR1820HS Sampling  18.1Mp  1/2.3"  1.25um BSI  24fps   RGB  iBGA   
ARX550AT Production  0.5MP  1/5 inch  3.75 um  66.37fps  RGB Bayer, RCC  64-ball iBGA, or die  Automotive 
MT9D014D00STC Production  2MP  1/4 inch  2.2µm  30 fps  RGB  Die  Mobile 
MT9D015 Sampling  2MP  1/5 inch  1.75μm  30 fps  RGB  CSP   Mobile 
MT9D115 Production  1600W x 1200H  1/5 inches  1.75 μm  30fps @ preview; 15fps @ capture    bare die, CSP  cell phones, PC, and PDAs camera 
MT9D131C12STCH Production  2Mp  1/3 inch  2.8µm  15 fps  RGB  CLCC  Surveillance 
MT9E013D00STC Production  8MP  1/3.2 inch  1.4µm  15 fps  RGB  Die  Mobile 
MT9F002 Production  14MP  1/2.3 inch  1.4µm  13.7 fps  RGB  iLCC  DSC/DVC 
MT9J003I12STCU Production  10MP  1/2.3 inch  1.67µm  7.5 fps  RGB  iLCC  DSC/DVC 
MT9J003I12STCV Production  10MP  1/2.3 inch  1.67µm  15 fps  RGB  iLCC  DSC/DVC 
MT9M001C12STM Production  1.3MP  1/2 inch  5.2µm  30 fps  Mono.  CLCC  Commercial 
MT9M002I12STC Production  1.6MP  1/4.5 inch  2.2µm  60 fps (720p)  RGB/Mono.  iLCC  DSC/DVC 
MT9M012D00STC Production  1.6MP  1/4 inch  2.2µm  30 fps  RGB  Die  Mobile, PC-Cam 
MT9M019D00STC Production  1.3MP  1/5 inch  2.2µm  30-60 fps  RGB  Die  Mobile 
MT9M021 Production  1.2MP  1/3"  3.75  60 fps at 720P HD mode  RGB and Mono Chrome  iBGA  Machine vision, scanning 
MT9M024 Production  1.2 MP  1/3  3.75 um  60 fps  Mono, RGB   9x9 mm iBGA, Bare Die  Surveillance 
MT9M031 Production  1.2MP  1/3"  3.75  60 fps at 720P HD mode  RGB and Mono Chrome  iLCC  Surveillance  
MT9M032C12STC Production  1.6MP  1/4.5 inch  2.2µm  60 fps (720p)  RGB  CLCC  Surveillance 
MT9M032C12STMU Production  1.6MP  1/4.5 inch  2.2µm  60 fps (720p)  Mono.  CLCC  Surveillance 
MT9M034 Production  1.2MP  1/3 inch  3.75µm  60 fps (720p)  RGB/Mono.  iLCC / Die  Surveillance 
MT9P001I12STC Production  5MP  1/2.5 inch  2.2µm  15 fps  RGB  iLCC  DSC/DVC 
MT9P006I12STC Production  5MP  1/2.5 inch  2.2 x 2.2µm  15 fps  RGB  iLCC  Surveillance, video conferencing, video camera 
MT9P011D00STC Production  5MP  1/2.5 inch  2.2µm  12 fps  RGB  Die  Mobile 
MT9P012D00STCM Production  5MP  1/3 inch  1.75µm  15 fps  RGB  Die  Mobile 
MT9P013D00STC Production  5MP  1/3 inch  1.75µm  15 fps  RGB  Die  Mobile, Surveillance 
MT9P014D00STC Production  5MP  1/2.5 inch  2.2µm  15 fps  RGB  Die  Mobile, PC-Cam 
MT9P031I12STC Production  5MP  1/2.5 inch  2.2µm  15 fps  RGB  iLCC  Surveillance 
MT9P031I12STM Production  5MP  1/2.5 inch  2.2µm  15 fps  Mono.  iLCC  Surveillance 
MT9P401I12STC Production  5MP  1/2.5 inch  2.2µm  15 fps  RGB  iLCC  DSC/DVC 
MT9T012D00STC Production  3MP  1/3 inch  2.2µm  15-30 fps  RGB  Die  Mobile, PC-Cam 
MT9T013D00STC Production  3MP  1/4 inch  1.75µm  15-30 fps  RGB  Die  Mobile 
MT9T112D00STC Production  3.1MP  1/4 inch  1.75µm  15-30 fps  RGB  N/A  Mobile  
MT9V011D00STC Production  VGA  1/4 inch  5.6µm  30-90 fps  RGB  Die  Mobile, PC-Cam 
MT9V011P11STC Production  VGA  1/4 inch  5.6µm  30-90 fps  RGB  PLCC  Mobile, PC-Cam 
MT9V022I77ATC Legacy  WVGA  1/3 inch  6.0µm  60 fps  RGB  IBGA  Automotive, Industrial 
MT9V022I77ATM Legacy  WVGA  1/3 inch  6.0µm  60 fps  Mono.  IBGA  Automotive, Industrial 
MT9V022IA7ATC Production  WVGA  1/3 inch  6.0µm  60 fps  RGB  IBGA  Automotive, Industrial 
MT9V022IA7ATM Production  WVGA  1/3 inch  6.0µm  60 fps  Mono.  IBGA  Automotive, Industrial 
MT9V024IA7XTC Production  WVGA  1/3 inch  6.0µm  60 fps  RGB  IBGA  Automotive, Industrial 
MT9V024IA7XTM Production  WVGA  1/3 inch  6.0µm  60 fps  Mono.  IBGA  Automotive, Industrial 
MT9V024IA7XTR Production  WVGA  1/3 inch  6.0µm  60 fps  RCCC  IBGA  Automotive, Industrial 
MT9V032C12STC Production  WVGA  1/3 inch  6.0µm  60 fps  RGB  CLCC  Surveillance 
MT9V032C12STM Production  WVGA  1/3 inch  6.0µm  60 fps  Mono.  CLCC  Surveillance 
MT9V032D00STC Production  WVGA  1/3 inch  6.0µm  60 fps  RGB  Die  Surveillance 
MT9V032D00STM Production  WVGA  1/3 inch  6.0µm  60 fps  Mono.  Die  Surveillance 
MT9V034C12STC Production  WVGA  1/3 inch  6.0 x 6.0  60 fps  Color  CLCC  Automotive, Industrial 
MT9V034C12STM Production  WVGA  1/3 inch  6.0 x 6.0  60 fps  Mono.  CLCC  Automotive, Industrial