Sony has announced the launch of its CMOS IMX661 image sensor featuring the industry's highest effective pixel count of 127.68 megapixels. It has a global shutter function and is meant for industrial equipment.
The product features a large optical size of 3.6-type (56.73mm diagonal), which is nearly 10 times larger than the common 1.1-type image sensor corresponded to the C mount lens for industrial equipment with a pixel size of 3.45 μm. This coupled with Sony's global shutter pixel technology called “Pregius” can capture moving images without distortion.
The new sensor also employs the Scalable Low Voltage Signaling with Embedded Clock (SLVS-EC™)*7 high-speed interface standard developed by Sony, in order to make the output interface faster. These enable a 21.8 fps high-speed output data in a 10-bit shooting with a pixel count of 127.68 megapixels. According to Sony, this is nearly four times faster than conventional models.
"The new product is equipped with a range of signal processing capabilities required for industrial equipment CMOS image sensors to meet diverse applications and needs.", Sony said. "These include such as; trigger synchronization for controlling imaging timing during high-speed inspections; Region of Interest (ROI), which reduces post signal processing load by only reading out the required regions; gradation compression, which reduces data volume while outputting required information; multi-exposure, which is capable of detecting the trajectory of moving objects; short exposure time for blur-free imaging of objects moving at high speeds; pixel binning readout, which can enhance sensitivity in low luminance situations."
Sony's new innovative image sensor will be instrumental in filling the voids currently existing in the complex world of industrial camera applications. The company will start shipping in April 2021. It will available in 2 variants, color, and black and white.