ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ON), driving energy efficiency innovations, has drawn on its extensive expertise in image sensor technology to help support Silicon Valley start-up Light. The company has provided Light with key imaging hardware for its game-changing L16 camera solution, which utilizes advanced computational processing to set new performance benchmarks.
ON Semiconductor recognized very early on that there would be an adoption of a multi-sensor approach to imaging within the consumer imaging markets. This has now been validated, with several dual camera systems. The Light L16 takes this trend much further, employing 16 image sensors that are distributed across the front surface of the camera to present the user with a light capture area equal to, or even exceeding, that of many digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras currently on the market. The L16 thereby enables dramatic improvements in resolution and optical zoom, while remaining aligned with the streamlined form factors of the handsets.
Through close collaboration with Light, ON Semiconductor was able to supply specially customized sensor devices, based on its 1/3.2-inch format AR1335 CMOS image sensor product offering. These had the cutting-edge pixel technology and inherent compactness necessary to meet both the unique configuration and elevated operational demands of the L16. With up to 10 sensor devices capturing image data simultaneously, this solution delivers an impressive 52 megapixel (MP) resolution, plus over 5X optical zoom without any degradation in image quality.
“Leveraging ON Semiconductor’s deep imaging heritage and proven industry-leading technical capabilities to support the innovative ideas of an exciting start-up is a powerful combination.” said Taner Ozcelik, Senior Vice President and General Manager of ON Semiconductor’s Image Sensor Group. “For the L16, we leveraged our extensive product portfolio that covers a wide range of optical formats and resolutions for scientific, industrial, space, automotive and consumer sectors.”
“Light is pleased to have worked with ON Semiconductor on the L16 camera. The input from their experienced engineering team has shown itself to be invaluable in the development of this camera,” states Dr. Rajiv Laroia, co-founder and CTO of Light. “Thanks to their efforts we have been able to design a compact, power efficient image sensor subsystem that is fully optimized for our specific needs. This is the first commercially available imaging solution to contain such a large array of image sensing devices and we expect it to have a major impact on the photography industry.”