Lince5M high speed active pixel, configurable CMOS image sensor

Lince5M is a digital high speed image sensor designed for excellent performance in a large variety of applications. It incorporates a high speed 5.2Mpxl CMOS active pixel image sensor providing electronic global shutter and High Dynamic Range (HDR) features. The sensor array utilizes active CMOS pixels with pinned photodiodes to deliver high image quality whilst maintaining the size, cost, and integration advantage of the CMOS process.

The pixel response can be configured for either linear light response with 58dB or high dynamic range piecewise linear response with more than 100dB dynamic range.

All the features and CIS functions are programmable through a simple four wire standard Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI). The device includes 24 LVDS high speed outputs allowing image data to be transferred at up to 12-bit/sec, with 2 additional LVDS ports for clock recovery and image synchronization. Lince5M also offers a CMOS-output version, in which image data is transmitted via 16 CMOS output buffers, for those applications where LVDS receivers are not available.

The whole system runs with an external clock of 9.6MHz and all required timing and reference voltages are internally generated, thus minimizing the need for external components. It includes a power down capability for very low power consumption.

The complete camera reference design, including fully documented PCB schematics, PCB layout, FPGA firmware and communication, and embedded control software is available for customers willing to develop new cameras using the Lince5M image sensor.

Typical applications

  • High-speed, high resolution machine vision
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
  • Generic inspection
  • High speed video broadcasting
  • Low noise high dynamic range
  • Biometric & medical imaging