ON Semiconductor Expands XGS Family of CMOS Image Sensors for High-Resolution Industrial Imaging

By Tiera Oliver

Associate Editor

Embedded Computing Design

October 19, 2020


Integrated Global Shutter sensor portfolio provide common architecture and resolutions up to 45 Mp.

ON Semiconductor expanded their XGS family of image sensors with high performance, low noise products that offer 12-bit image quality at a high frame rate.

The new offerings include the XGS 45000, the XGS 30000, and the XGS 20000, which according to the company, provide imaging with up to 45 Mp for resolution critical applications and up to 60 fps in 8K video mode. Also available is the new XGS 5000, designed with low power performance and ideal image quality for compact 29 x 29 mm2 camera designs. Alongside the XGS 5000, 3 Mp and 2 Mp variants have been released for production.

All XGS devices feature a 3.2 ìm pixel size providing ideal resolution while the advanced pixel design ensures low noise performance and image quality that is suitable for IoT applications such as machine vision and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). A global shutter ensures that moving objects can be captured without any motion artifacts. The XGS devices also offer a common architecture which allows one camera design to be developed with multiple resolutions.

Per the company, several manufacturers have integrated the technology into their designs. Teledyne Imaging, a global provider of digital imaging technology, recently announced the availability of their new Genie Nano-5G M/C8100 area scan camera, designed using the XGS 45000.

JAI A/S, a provider of camera solutions for traffic imaging/vehicle recognition in Intelligent Traffic Systems (ITS) has integrated the XGS 45000 into their new 45 Mp industrial camera. The SP-45000M-CXP4 provides 44.7-megapixel monochrome resolution at a 52 frames per second and supports full 8K resolution at over 60 frames per second.

Basler, a global manufacturer of digital cameras for industrial and retail applications, medical devices, and traffic systems, also announced that they will integrate the XGS sensors into their boost platform which is based on the latest CoaXPress 2.0 machine vision standard.

ON Semiconductor offers a range of development tools to support the design process. A demo kit includes a hardware platform with DevSuite software. This allows full sensor evaluation with access to all register settings. The X-Celerator platform includes public FPGA code and provides a direct interface to standard FPGA development environments including Xilinx and Altera. Supporting XGS devices up to 16 Mp, the X-Cube platform is a full 29 x 29 mm2 reference design that offers HiSPi-to-MIPI conversion via a Lattice FPGA as well as image capture, processing, and analysis using the DevSuite software.

For more information, visit: https://www.onsemi.com/

Tiera Oliver, Associate Editor for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits, product news, and constructing stories. She also assists with newsletter updates as well as contributing and editing content for ECD podcasts and the ECD YouTube channel. Before working at ECD, Tiera graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.S. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university’s student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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