OmniVision Launches First Single-Chip, 1/4" 3 Megapixel CameraChip(TM) Sensor With Embedded TrueFocus(TM) Technology

    BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 11 /CNW/ -- Mobile World Congress -- OmniVision
Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:   OVTI), the world's largest supplier of CMOS image
sensors, today claimed a mobile handset industry first with the introduction
of the OV3642, a 1/4-inch, 3 megapixel CameraChip(TM) sensor with
TrueFocus(TM) technology embedded on-chip. The fully integrated OV3642 is
built with OmniVision's new OmniPixel3-HS(TM) technology which delivers double
the sensitivity (960mV/Lux-sec) of other manufacturers' 1/4" 3 megapixel SOC
sensors, offering best in class low light performance.
    TrueFocus technology optimizes optics, sensors and image processing to
maximize camera performance and minimize system size and cost. Using TrueFocus
in camera phones enables true 'point-and-shoot' capability, where the entire
scene -- from 20 cm to infinity -- is always in focus, a benefit that applies
equally to video capture. There are no moving optical components and thus
there is no delay in image capture.  TrueFocus technology enables instant
one-click capture and therefore no 'missed opportunities' for the camera user.
    The OV3642 has an embedded microcontroller to support an internal auto
focus engine that is controllable via its general purpose I/Os. This provides
customers the flexibility to use the OV3642 in a variety of camera designs
targeting fixed focus, TrueFocus and auto focus solutions.
    "With the OV3642, our customers can now benefit from a revolutionary
single-chip solution that offers best-in-class low light performance combined
with extended focal-range capability at a competitive cost point, all in a
package that fits standard 8.5mm by 8.5mm sockets," said Per Rosdahl, Director
of Marketing at OmniVision. "With now three 1/4-inch 3 megapixel product
offerings, OmniVision is delivering truly innovative optimized solutions that
improve imaging functionality, camera performance and the overall user
    The OV3642 also includes an embedded image stabilization function to
prevent image blur, thereby producing sharper images. This feature is
especially important in low light situations, where cameras need a longer
exposure time, and require the photographer to keep a steady hand.
    The OV3642 image array operates at up to 15 frames per second (fps) in
full resolution (QXGA) transferred over either a two lane MIPI interface, or a
traditional parallel interface. The sensor also contains an integrated JPEG
compression engine simplifying bandwidth limited interfaces. The parallel port
can also be used as input for an external secondary camera, allowing the
camera to use the OV3642's highly advanced image signal processor (ISP) and
share the MIPI interface.
    For identification and production control purposes, the OV3642 includes
one-time programmable memory. All required image processing functions are
programmable through the SCCB interface.
    The OV3642 is currently available for customer sampling. Volume
production is expected in the third quarter of 2008.
    About OmniVision(R)
    OmniVision Technologies designs and markets high-performance
semiconductor image sensors. Its OmniPixel(R), OmniPixel2(TM), OmniPixel3(TM),
and OmniPixel3-HS(TM) CameraChip(TM) products are highly integrated
single-chip CMOS image sensors for mass-market consumer and commercial
applications such as mobile phones, digital still cameras, security and
surveillance systems, interactive video games, laptops and PCs and automotive
and medical imaging systems. Additional information is available at
    Safe-Harbor Language
    Certain statements in this press release, including statements regarding
the performance and capabilities of, the anticipated demand for and the
expected time frame for volume production of the OV3642 CMOS image sensors are
forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These
risks and uncertainties, which could cause the forward-looking statements and
OmniVision's results to differ materially, include, without limitation:
potential errors, design flaws or other problems with the OV3642; customer and
market acceptance, demand, and other risks detailed from time to time in
OmniVision's Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports,
including, but not limited to, OmniVision's most recent annual report filed on
Form 10-K and its most recent quarterly reports filed on Form 10-Q. OmniVision
expressly disclaims any obligation to update information contained in any
forward-looking statement.
    OmniVision(R), the OmniVision logo and OmniPixel(R) are registered
trademarks of OmniVision Technologies, Inc. CameraChip(TM), OmniPixel2(TM) ,
OmniPixel3 and OmniPixel3-HS(TM) are trademarks of OmniVision Technologies,

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