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Cameras and Sensors for Embedded Vision


While analog cameras are still used in many vision systems, this section focuses on digital image sensors—usually either a CCD or CMOS sensor array that operates with visible light. However, this definition shouldn’t constrain the technology analysis, since many vision systems can also sense other types of energy (IR, sonar, etc.).

The camera housing has become the entire chassis for a vision system, leading to the emergence of “smart cameras” with all of the electronics integrated. By most definitions, a smart camera supports computer vision, since the camera is capable of extracting application-specific information. However, as both wired and wireless networks get faster and cheaper, there still may be reasons to transmit pixel data to a central location for storage or extra processing.

A classic example is cloud computing using the camera on a smartphone. The smartphone could be considered a “smart camera” as well, but sending data to a cloud-based computer may reduce the processing performance required on the mobile device, lowering cost, power, weight, etc. For a dedicated smart camera, some vendors have created chips that integrate all of the required features.


Until recent times, many people would imagine a camera for computer vision as the outdoor security camera shown in this picture. There are countless vendors supplying these products, and many more supplying indoor cameras for industrial applications. Don’t forget about simple USB cameras for PCs. And don’t overlook the billion or so cameras embedded in the mobile phones of the world. These cameras’ speed and quality have risen dramatically—supporting 10+ mega-pixel sensors with sophisticated image processing hardware.

Consider, too, another important factor for cameras—the rapid adoption of 3D imaging using stereo optics, time-of-flight and structured light technologies. Trendsetting cell phones now even offer this technology, as do latest-generation game consoles. Look again at the picture of the outdoor camera and consider how much change is about to happen to computer vision markets as new camera technologies becomes pervasive.


Charge-coupled device (CCD) sensors have some advantages over CMOS image sensors, mainly because the electronic shutter of CCDs traditionally offers better image quality with higher dynamic range and resolution. However, CMOS sensors now account for more 90% of the market, heavily influenced by camera phones and driven by the technology’s lower cost, better integration and speed.

CMOS Camera Characterization – New Online Training in November 2021

Munich, September, 22, 2021 – FRAMOS, a leading global imaging provider, has already been highly rated for its CMOS camera training course by participants in the past and is therefore offering a content update for this popular hands-on course in November. The speaker will be Prof. Dr. Albert Theuwissen, one of the most renowned experts

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“Productizing Complex Visual AI Systems for Autonomous Flight,” a Presentation from Airbus

Carlo Dal Mutto, Director of Engineering at Airbus, presents the “Productizing Complex Visual AI Systems for Autonomous Flight” tutorial at the May 2021 Embedded Vision Summit. The development of visual AI systems for real-world applications is a complex undertaking characterized by a variety of diverse challenges. While the media spotlight… “Productizing Complex Visual AI Systems

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Expanded Basler CXP-12 Portfolio with Cameras, Interface Cards and Accessories

Basler’s product portfolio for CXP-12 applications combines the advantages of the CoaXPress 2.0 camera interface with a wide range of suitable vision components. Users benefit from multi-channel CXP-12 cameras and interface cards with pylon as a common SDK, as well as lean vision systems, and the ability to build multi-camera systems flexibly and cost-effectively. Optimization

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“The Transformation from Imaging to Sensing: Driving a Market Revolution,” a Presentation from Yole Développement

Pierre Cambou, Principal Analyst at Yole Développement, presents the “Transformation from Imaging to Sensing: Driving a Market Revolution” tutorial at the May 2021 Embedded Vision Summit. Over the past 20 years, digital imaging has grown to become a huge industry with a focus on producing images for human consumption. More… “The Transformation from Imaging to

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The Car Market Brings a New Opportunity for Semiconductor Companies

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“Alternative Image Sensors for Intelligent In-Cabin Monitoring, Home Security and Smart Devices,” a Presentation from Xperi

Petronel Bigioi, CTO for Product Licensing at Xperi, presents the “Alternative Image Sensors for Intelligent In-Cabin Monitoring, Home Security and Smart Devices” tutorial at the May 2021 Embedded Vision Summit. The traditional approach for in-cabin-monitoring uses cameras that capture only visible or near-infrared (NIR) light and are designed to represent… “Alternative Image Sensors for Intelligent

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Setting Records in Recording

This blog post was originally published at Ambarella’s website. It is reprinted here with the permission of Ambarella. Video recording applications continue to play a key role in automotive. Our history as a company began with recording. It’s an inextricable part of our organizational DNA. Nearly fifteen years ago, we enabled the first-ever 1080p solid-state

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Automotive Semiconductor Industry: The Winds of Change

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e-con Systems Webinar

Upcoming Webinar Discusses Choosing the Right Camera for Your Product

On September 29, 2020 at 2:00 pm CET (Central Europe Time), Alliance Member Company e-con systems will deliver the webinar “How to Choose the Right Camera for Your Product”. From the event page: Choosing the right camera for your end product from evaluation to prototyping to productization can eliminate costly redesigns and save valuable time

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Teledyne e2v Introduces the Industry’s Smallest 2MP & 1.5MP CMOS Sensors, Featuring a Low-noise Global Shutter Pixel

New Topaz sensors are ideal for mobile applications, offering an attractive price point with no-compromise performance. Grenoble, FRANCE, September 14, 2021 – Teledyne e2v, a part of Teledyne Technologies [NYSE: TDY], has introduced its Topaz series of industrial CMOS sensors with new 2MP and 1.5MP resolution devices. These new 1920 x 1080 and 1920 x

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