Omnivision image sensor targets IoT devices

  • November 8, 2023
  • Steve Rogerson

California-based semiconductor company Omnivision has introduced a 16:10 aspect ratio, 5.2MP-resolution image sensor for IoT devices and laptops.

The OV05C10 image sensor has staggered high dynamic range (HDR) and is suitable for mainstream and high-end laptops, tablets, and IoT devices.

At 5.2MP resolution, the sensor has ample pixels to support auto framing for video conferencing, which automatically adjusts the camera’s field of view to keep the person speaking at the centre of the image while cropping out distracting backgrounds. It also supports human presence detection (HPD), which increases the efficiency of artificial intelligence (AI) and IoT applications and extends the battery life of portable devices.

“Higher resolution, better image quality and richer AI functionality are particularly important today with the growing use of notebooks for remote work and education,” said Danny Liu, product marketing manager at Omnivision. “Human-computer interaction that uses AI is becoming mainstream, and our new OV05C10 can support a variety of AI features, including HPD. The higher resolution and unique aspect ratio are more suitable for use in video conferencing, and the HDR function can effectively guarantee higher image quality during video calls.”

The low-power backside-illuminated (BSI) image sensor is based on the firm’s PureCel Plus technology for higher sensitivity, less noise and better overall image quality. It features two-exposure staggered HDR timing at 5.2MP and 60 frames per second (fps), allowing for improved image quality in bright or dark environments. The sensor also supports a low-power mode for HPD and extended battery life.

The device is sampling now and will be in mass delivery in February 2024.

Omnivision ( is a global fabless semiconductor organisation that develops digital imaging, analogue, and touch and displays products for multiple applications and industries, including mobile phones, security and surveillance, automotive, computing, medical, and emerging applications.