16MP XGS sensor brings high quality, low power imaging

28th July 2021
Alex Lynn

ON Semiconductor introduced the latest addition to the XGS sensor series of CMOS image sensors. The XGS 16000 is a 16 Megapixel (MP) sensor that provides high quality, global shutter imaging for factory automation applications including robotics and inspection systems. Consuming only one watt at 65 frames per second (fps), the XGS 16000 delivers performance at low power. This makes the XGS 16000 good for power consumption, while also offering a high resolution available for standard 29x29mm industrial cameras.

The XGS 16000 shares a common architecture and footprint with other XGS CMOS image sensors. This enables manufacturers to use a single camera design to develop products in different resolutions. Supporting up to 65 frames per second readout at full resolution, the sensor is available in various speed grades, all with Bayer colour or monochrome options.

Developers of camera systems used in intelligent transportation systems, machine vision inspection and industrial automation applications will benefit from the high resolution and high frame rate of the XGS 16000. ON Semiconductor’s global shutter pixel technology addresses the limitations associated with rolling shutter pixels in these applications. Artifacts such as motion blur and distortion are avoidable using a global shutter approach. This is increasingly important in automation, inspection, and identification applications.

Toshiba Teli, specialising in the development and manufacturing of high-performance cameras that meet the application specific requirements of key market segments including machine vision, medical imaging and security, has integrated the XGS 16000 into its new 16MP industrial camera. The DDU1607MG/MC can deliver 16MP monochrome and colour resolution at over 47fps with a new technology of DUAL USB3 interface.

The XGS 16000 is designed in a 1:1 square aspect ratio, which helps maximise the image capture area within the optical circle of the camera lens and ensure optimal light sensitivity. Because of this design, the sensor is compatible with 29mm2 industry standard camera formats using commercially available C-Mount lenses. This provides optimal use of the available field of view and sensor area for the physical size of the camera.

To simplify new camera designs, ON Semiconductor offers colour and mono versions of the XGS 16000 X-Cube and X-Celerator developer kits. High-speed conversion to MIPI interface examples are provided with the reference design kits to allow for quicker integration into standard FPGA evaluation environments.

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