OmniVision and GEO Semiconductor Collaborate on RGB-IR Solution for Automotive Cabin Monitoring Systems

May 9, 2019 Laura Dolan

SANTA CLARA, CA. OmniVision Technologies, Inc. and GEO Semiconductor Inc. joined forces on a solution that captures and processes high-quality color (RGB) and infrared (IR) automotive interior images, both dark and light, with one camera.

It combines OmniVision’s OV2778 2MP RGB-Ir image sensor and GEO’s GW5200, video quality conducive for machine vision and viewing applications for the easy identification of objects and unattended children, remote monitoring, and recording in ride-sharing and Robo-Taxi vehicles.

The compact design (a 6.5 x 5.7mm automotive CSP) helps developers produce the smallest possible camera modules with 120dB dynamic range to be placed unassumingly inside the vehicle. The GW5200 camera video processor is also available in a 7 x 7mm BGA package.  

“GEO brings industry-leading image signal processing capabilities, as well as in-depth knowledge of customer pain points,” said OmniVision’s director of automotive marketing, Andy Hanvey. “Following the recent introduction of our OV2778 image sensor, we saw the need to jointly develop this solution and make it easier for designers to create high-value cabin monitoring systems for mainstream vehicles.”

“We partnered with OmniVision because of its leading pixel technologies and strong track record in working with automotive Tier 1s around the globe,” said GEO’s VP of marketing and GM of automotive, John Casey. “GEO’s GW5200 has the unique ability to process RGB-IR sensors, thereby providing superior low-light performance in the challenging vehicle interior environment. This approach will accelerate the adoption of advanced in-cabin cameras.”    

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