OmniVision Technologies announced the OV2312 automotive image sensor, which enables multiple functions in one camera. This multi-functional approach reduces total system cost, space and power budget for driver state monitoring (DSM) and viewing applications like video conferencing.

The ability to capture both RGB and IR images with one global shutter (GS) sensor reduces the number of cameras and total system cost. The OV2312 enables those dual-mode cameras with motion-artifact-free images at high resolutions of 1600 x 1300 at 60 fps and 1280 x 720 at 90 fps. Additionally, because this is the smallest 2MP GS sensor in its class—offered in a 7.2 x 6.1 mm automotive chip-scale package—cameras can be placed out of sight from drivers and passengers.

For operation without visible light, the OV2312 features the 3.0-micron OmniPixel3-GS architecture, which provides a near-infrared quantum efficiency of 14% at the 940 nm wavelength, along with modulation transfer function (MTF). Not only does this sensor capture images with the high quality required for driver eye and gaze tracking when running in single mode at 60 fps, it also reduces system power consumption and cost by using fewer IR LEDs.

The OV2312 is AEC-Q100 Grade 2 certified for automotive applications.