The "IMX224MQV" CMOS sensor. Its package size is 9.0 x 7.5mm.
The "IMX224MQV" CMOS sensor. Its package size is 9.0 x 7.5mm.
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An image taken with the new sensor at a low illuminance of 0.005lx (F1.4, exposure time: 16.7ms, maximum gain: 72db)
An image taken with the new sensor at a low illuminance of 0.005lx (F1.4, exposure time: 16.7ms, maximum gain: 72db)
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An image taken with an existing sensor at a low illuminance of 0.005lx (F1.4, exposure time: 16.7ms, maximum gain: 48db)
An image taken with an existing sensor at a low illuminance of 0.005lx (F1.4, exposure time: 16.7ms, maximum gain: 48db)
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Sony Corp announced Oct 16, 2014, that it has developed a CMOS image sensor for automotive cameras and will focus on the automotive market.

"The market is expected grow because of oncoming autonomous cars," the company said. "We will proactively develop CMOS image sensors specialized for automotive use."

In July 2013, Sony acquired "ISO/TS 16949" authentication, which is a standard for product quality management in the automotive industry, and has been preparing to expand its automotive business. The new CMOS sensor, "IMX224MQV," will be the company's first image sensor that supports "AEC-Q100," a standard for reliability test of automotive electronic parts. It will start to ship samples in November 2014 and mass-produce the sensor in February 2015.

Capability to shoot images in dark

The IMX224MQV is a 1/3-inch 1.27-Mpixel (1,305 x 977) CMOS image sensor. The most distinguishing feature of the sensor is that it can take high-quality color images even in an environment with an illuminance of 0.005lx, which is darker than starlight and equivalent to a dark night, Sony said. Cameras for automotive sensors have been considered inferior to competing technologies such as milliwave radar and infrared laser radar in low-illuminance environments.

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