Image sensor improves industrial inspection & mapping

13th January 2016
Posted By : Nat Bowers
Image sensor improves industrial inspection & mapping

Enabling new levels of performance and efficiency in critical industrial inspection and mapping applications, the KAI-47051 is claimed by ON Semiconductor to be the world’s highest resolution Interline Transfer CCD device. The 47MP device increases the resolution available for applications such as end-of-line flat panel inspection and aerial mapping by more than 50% compared to the KAI-29050 sensor widely used today.

This is achieved while retaining the CCD-level image uniformity and global shutter architecture those applications require. Specifically designed to align with the growing inspection demand for higher resolution smartphones, tablets, monitors and TVs, the device also improves image quality and overall efficiency in surveillance applications such as aerial mapping.

The KAI-47051 builds on the success of the existing 29MP KAI-29050 image sensor, which is widely used today in these same applications. In addition to providing higher resolution through a larger optical format, the KAI-47051 incorporates a reduced-noise amplifier that lowers read noise by 15% compared to the existing device, increasing dynamic range to 66dB. A 16-output architecture enables a maximum frame rate of 7fps: almost double that of the existing, lower resolution device. Customers moving to the KAI-47051 can enjoy these performance improvements without sacrificing the image quality or electronic shutter performance inherent in the CCD design.

Herb Erhardt, Vice President and General Manager, Industrial and Security Division, Image Sensor Group, ON Semiconductor, commented: “These applications continue to require the advanced imaging performance that today is only available from CCD technology. With a broad base of both CCD and CMOS technologies, we are able to match the most appropriate technologies with the needs of different applications, uniquely positioning ON Semiconductor to serve the demanding needs of the industrial imaging market.”

The KAI-47051 is available in a RoHS-compliant PGA-201 package in monochrome, Bayer colour and sparse colour configurations.

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