Global shutter CMOS image sensor for machine vision

Author: EIS Release Date: Oct 14, 2020

ON Semiconductor has introduced a 2.3Mpixel 120frame/s global shutter image sensor for machine vision and mixed-reality displays.


Called AR0234CS, te CMOS sensor captures 1080p video and single frames, and “produces crisp and clear images by minimising frame-to-frame distortion in high-speed scenes and reducing the motion artifacts”, according to the company, which also sees the device being used in AR headsets, VR headsets, autonomous mobile robots and barcode readers.

The AR0234CS sensor’s innovative pixel architecture delivers high dynamic range needed to support lighting conditions from the darkness of night to bright sunlight. The low noise and improved low-light response makes it suitable for applications spanning across consumer, commercial & industrial IoT, and the extended operating temperature range makes it deployable in challenging outdoor conditions.

Other features include: programmable regions of interest with on-chip histogram, auto exposure control and 5 x 5 statistics engine, integrated strobe illumination control, flexible row and column skip mode, horizontal and vertical mirroring, windowing and pixel binning.

Colour and mono variants are available, with 0° or 28° CRA.

For camera use, it can work with the company’s AP1302 image signal processor. DevSuite software is available to evaluate features and capabilities, configure and tune the sensor, and provide a ready-made output that is usable for further image processing.