OmniVision Introduces 1/10 Inch VGA Camera Chip

BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- At the 3GSM World Congress (booth 1G13) today OmniVision Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: OVTI), a leading independent supplier of CMOS CameraChip(TM) solutions for high-volume imaging applications, unveiled a 1/10 inch VGA CameraChip sensor, the OV7680. The new CMOS image sensor brings to the market a cost efficient, ultra thin camera module solution designed for entry level camera phones, secondary cameras for 3G handsets and integrated notebook cameras.

The unique non-linear micro lens shift technology featured in the OV7680 permits a reduction in the distance between the sensor and the lens, reducing the height of the camera module to just 3.0 mm without compromising image quality or camera performance. Minimizing the module height is a critical characteristic for slim camera phones and for notebook computers where the module can be no thicker than the LCD housing.

"With the introduction of our OV7680, we are bringing the concept of thin to the entry level handset market," said Jess Lee, Vice President of Mainstream Products at OmniVision. "The OV7680 allows for the addition of a camera in virtually every cellular phone."

The OV7680 can operate at 30 frames per second in VGA resolution with full user control over image quality, formatting and output data transfer. This makes the OV7680 equally well suited for use as a secondary camera in 3G phones as well as notebook cameras, as both are predominantly used for video conference applications.

The OV7680 is a 1/10 inch single-chip, high performance VGA CameraChip sensor using a 2.2-micron pixel size built on OmniPixel2(TM) technology for maximum sensitivity and excellent low light performance. The new VGA image sensor delivers low noise, low cost, low power consumption, and a wide dynamic range and enables a module size of just 4.5 x 4.5 x 3.0 mm, dimensions that allow for a single element plastic lens design.

The OV7680 comes in a CSP2 package and is currently available for sampling.

About OmniVision

OmniVision Technologies, Inc. designs and markets high-performance semiconductor image sensors. Its OmniPixel and CameraChip 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, PCs and automotive imaging systems. Additional information is available at .

Safe-Harbor Language

Certain statements in this press release, including statements regarding the performance achievements and capabilities of OmniVision's OV7680 CMOS image sensor, 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 OV7680 VGA CMOS image sensor; risks associated with building customer acceptance of and demand for the OV7680; the development of the market for VGA sensors in the camera phone market as well as in markets for other portable applications incorporating image sensors; the rapid changes in technical requirements for camera phone products; competitive risks; as well as 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 report filed on Form 10-Q. OmniVision expressly disclaims any obligation to update information contained in any forward-looking statement whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

NOTE: OmniVision is a registered trademark of, and OmniPixel2 and CameraChip are trademarks of OmniVision Technologies, Inc.

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