Sony Corporation has released IMX324, a new 1/1.7-type stacked CMOS image sensor equipped with the industry’s highest resolution 7.42 effective megapixel RCCC filter — a color filter that combines R (red) and C (clear)— for forward-sensing cameras in advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS). The company will begin shipping samples in November 2017.
The main features of the product are:
1. 7.42 megapixels — the industry’s highest resolution for image sensors for automotive cameras
The new image sensor is capable of approximately three times the horizontal resolution of conventional products, which enables high-definition image capture of distant road signs approximately 160 meters ahead of the camera.
2. High sensitivity of 2666 mV (Standard value F5.6, when using pixel binning mode)
The sensor is equipped with a pixel binning mode for raising the sensitivity in low-light environments. The pixel binning mode and RCCC filter together achieve the high sensitivity of 2666 mV, making it possible to capture images of distant obstacles and people even in low-light environments as low as 0.1 lux.
3. Industry’s first automotive grade stacked image sensor delivers compact size and low power consumption
A stacked configuration has been implemented on the image sensor, arranging the pixel array and signal processing circuits in different layers to achieve a compact size and low power consumption while delivering high resolution.
4. Meets quality standards and functions required for automotive applications
Set to meet the requirements of the AEC-Q100 Grade 2 automotive electronic component reliability tests, development process compliant with ISO 26262 automobile functional safety standards, supports functional safety requirement level ASIL B.