Newsight Imaging to Release CMOS Image Sensor

By Joel Davies -

Newsight Imaging, a semiconductor innovator developing machine vision sensors, spectral vision chips, and systems, has announced the upcoming release of the NSI9000 one-chip (non-stacked) CMOS image sensor solution for depth imaging.

Newsight Imaging develops advanced CMOS image sensor chips for 3D machine vision and spectral analysis. The company’s depth camera sensors for machine vision serve verticals such as Mobile & Metaverse, Robotics, Industry 4.0 and Automotive Safety.

The sensor is a result of five years of collaborative innovation by Newsight and its partners such as Fraunhofer and Tower-Jazz. The new chip is equipped with 491,520 depth 5×5 micron pixels (1024×480), a global shutter (with up to 132 fps on full resolution), and an estimated depth accuracy of less than 1% of the distance. The sensor is designed for an optimal distance of 0-200 metres and is expected to offer new capabilities for applications such as LiDAR systems, automotive ADAS, Metaverse AR/VR applications, Industry 4.0, and smart city/IoT, including smart traffic 3D vision systems.

The sensor includes Newsight’s patented enhanced Time-Of-Flight (eTOF) technology which enables flexibility using multi-sets of configurations, in-pixel accumulation, and a novel depth calculating method that does not require heavy calculations and expensive MCU. The solution also boasts an event aware unique circuit, which was developed as part of the Israeli smart imaging consortium. This solution allows event-driven imaging, whilst a unique circuit attached to each pixel makes it possible to broadcast only lines with pixels that were changed from a previous frame. This feature is specifically designed for smart-city enabled cameras and smart traffic solutions.

The sensor further features multi-triangulation, a solution for industry 4.0 applications and measurement devices of 480 ultra-accurate depth points, down to micron accuracy for close 3D inspection of production rail objects. Meanwhile, built-in fusion allows the sensor to extract a full resolution B/W image together with a depth image from the same frame data.

Eyal Yatskan, Newsight CTO and Co-founder, noted: “Newsight has implemented significant, proven, and innovative ideas in this sensor and accelerated the capabilities of the solution to match the high-end requirements of our customers’ target applications. Newsight believes that such advanced solutions can be offered at affordable prices for building high volume best ROI depth imaging products”.

Newsight will be offering a complete demo system using its eTOF Lidar reference design starting August 2022.

You can find more information about Newsight and the NSI9000 one-chip (non-stacked) CMOS image sensor solution on its website.

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