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Himax Imaging Launches CMOS Image Sensor

The device is ultra-low power, enabling always on applications.

Himax Imaging Inc., a supplier of display drivers and semiconductor products, has released the HB01B0. This device is an ultra-low power QVGA CMOS image sensor that consumes less than 700 µW at an operating resolution of 30 frames per second.

The HM01B0 ultra-low power consumption allows the sensor to be placed in a constant state of operation, enabling “always on,” contextually aware, computer vision capabilities such as feature extraction, proximity sensing, gesture recognition, object tracking and pattern identification.

According to Himax, the sensor’s reflowable chip scale package measures less than 5 mm2 and requires only three passive components to support a highly compact camera module and miniature wafer level module assembly that can be easily integrated into next-generation power-efficient devices for context sensitive computer vision applications.

“Our image sensors for notebook and smartphone applications, such as our ¼” 8MP MIPI sensor, have been among the lowest power in the industry,” stated Jordan Wu, CEO of Himax Technologies. “We believe that the HM01B0 is the lowest power CMOS image sensor in the industry with similar resolution, while offering outstanding sensor performance and high level of feature integration. We are excited to build upon our core competence to develop a new class of sensors that will support very low power computer vision to enable new applications across smartphones, tablets, AR/VR devices, IoT, and artificial intelligence for consumer, medical and industrial markets. With this new ultra-low power sensor, Himax has been working with leading consumer electronic brand customers and major platform providers to help develop innovative features and reduce power consumption of existing cameras. We have received a good level of interest from quite a few of the industry’s leading players.”

For more information, visit Himax Imaging.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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