CMOS image sensor for factory automation, smart transportation

July 28, 2021 // By Rich Pell
CMOS image sensor for factory automation, smart transportation
Semiconductor supplier ON Semiconductor has introduced the latest addition of its XGS series of CMOS image sensors, a 16-MP image sensor designed to bring high quality, low power imaging to factory automation and intelligent transportation systems.

The XGS 16000 is a 16 Megapixel (Mp) sensor designed to provide high-quality, global shutter imaging for factory automation applications including robotics and inspection systems. Consuming only 1 W at 65 frames per second (fps), the XGS 16000, says the company, is one of the best-in-class for power consumption, while also offering one of the highest resolutions available for standard 29 x 29 mm industrial cameras.

The XGS 16000 shares a common architecture and footprint with other of the company's XGS CMOS image sensors, which enables manufacturers to use a single camera design to develop products in different resolutions. Supporting up to 65 frames per second readout at full resolution, the sensor is available in various speed grades, all with Bayer color or monochrome options.

Developers of camera systems used in intelligent transportation systems, machine vision inspection, and industrial automation applications will benefit from the high resolution and high frame rate of the XGS 16000, says the company. The company's global shutter pixel technology is designed to address the limitations associated with rolling shutter pixels in these applications. Artifacts such as motion blur and distortion are avoidable using a global shutter approach, which is increasingly important in automation, inspection, and identification applications.

The XGS 16000 is designed in a unique 1:1 square aspect ratio, which helps maximize the image capture area within the optical circle of the camera lens and ensure optimal light sensitivity. Because of this design, the sensor is compatible with 29 mm 2 industry standard camera formats using commercially available C-Mount lenses. This provides optimal use of the available field of view and sensor area for the physical size of the camera.

To simplify new camera designs, the company offers color and mono versions of the XGS 16000 X-Cube and X-Celerator developer kits. High-speed conversion to MIPI interface examples are provided with the reference design kits to allow for quicker integration into standard FPGA evaluation environments.


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