ams' new image sensor improves image quality for machine vision

By Laura Dolan

Senior Copywriter


November 07, 2018


ams' new image sensor improves image quality for machine vision

New CSG14k image sensor from ams provides 12-bit output in 14Mpixel resolution for use in high-throughput manufacturing and optical inspection applications.

ams introduced its CSG14k global shutter image sensor for machine vision and Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) equipment.

The CSG14k image sensor features a 3840 x 3584-pixel array and its 12-bit output provides enough range for wide shots in different lighting conditions and shooting various objects. The sensor’s global shutter with true CDS (Correlated Double Sampling) yields photos with fast-moving objects sans motion blurring.

The image sensor is held in a 218-pin, 22mm x 20mm x 3mm LGA compartment that is compatible with the 1-inch lenses widely used in small form factor camera designs.

CSG14k was designed with 3.2µm x 3.2µm pixels, making it 66 percent smaller than the previous generation of 10-bit ams image sensors, while offering a 12-bit output and markedly lower noise. 

It is conducive for machine vision equipment in that it allows it to capture images with objects moving at higher speeds, making the sensor suitable for use in applications such as Automated Optical Inspection (AOI), sorting equipment, laser triangulation and other measurement instruments, and robotics.

“Future advances in factory automation technology are going to push today’s machine vision equipment beyond the limits of its capabilities. The breakthrough in image quality and performance offered by the CSG14k gives manufacturers of machine vision systems headroom to support new, higher throughput rates while delivering valuable improvements in image quality and resolution,” said Tom Walschap, ams’ Marketing Director in the CMOS Image Sensors business line.

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