Omnivision joins Nvidia Drive platform

Omnivision joins Nvidia Drive platform

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Digital imaging solution provider Omnivision has joined the Nvidia Drive autonomous vehicle ecosystem. At the opportunity of the Nvidia GPU Technology Conference (GTC), the company unveiled the first group of automotive image sensor families compatible with the modular Nvidia Drive AGX AI computing platform.
By Christoph Hammerschmidt

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In detail, Omnivision introduced software drivers and camera modules using its OX08B40 image sensor for front-view automotive applications, including ADAS and Level 3+ autonomous systems. Likewise, drivers and camera modules are now available for its OX03F10 and OX03C10 viewing camera image sensors, allowing the development of surround view systems (SVSs), rearview cameras (RVCs) and e-mirror camera monitoring systems with Nvidia Drive. In addition, the OV2311 and a new 5Megapixel sensor are the exclusive driver monitoring system (DMS) image sensors for the Nvidia Drive Hyperion turnkey evaluation architecture.

“Our goal is to accelerate time to market for autonomous and ADAS applications by reducing the development effort and cost,” said Paul Wu, automotive staff marketing manager at OmniVision, adding that the company is also the sensor provider for driver and occupant monitoring systems on the next-generation Nvidia Drive Hyperion platform.

The Nvidia Drive AGX AI computing platform offers automotive designers the flexibility to use Nvidia hardware with its full stack Drive software, or develop their own custom software. The platform can be used for in-cabin as well as for autonomous driving applications. Regardless of the application, OmniVision offers platform software drivers for its image sensors, as well as complete camera modules that customers can easily connect to the Nvidia Drive platform for immediate evaluation. OmniVision also provides custom tuning services.

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As the industry’s first automotive image sensor with 140dB HDR, along with the best LED flicker mitigation (LFM) performance and high 8.3MP resolution, the OX08B40 enables superior front-view captures, almost regardless of external lighting conditions. This feature is powered by OmniVision’s on-chip HALE (HDR and LFM Engine) combination algorithm, which is simultaneously providing industry-leading LFM and HDR over the entire automotive temperature range.

Likewise, the OX03C10 and OX03F10 are still the world’s only automotive viewing camera image sensors to combine a large 3.0-micron pixel with the HALE algorithm for minimized motion artifacts and the best LFM performance. The OX03C10 also has the lowest power consumption of any 2.5MP LFM image sensor. Additionally, it provides the industry’s smallest package size, enabling the placement of cameras that continuously run at 60 fps in even the tightest spaces for stringent styling requirements, all of which are ideal for RVCs and SVSs. The OX03F10 widens the vertical resolution to 1920x1536p, which provides the high image quality needed when feeding SVS captures into autonomous machine vision systems. The OX03F10’s wider array is also essential in e-mirror applications, for greater coverage and blind-spot elimination.

All three of OmniVision’s initial Nvidia Drive AGX platform-compatible sensor families are available now for sampling and mass production, featuring advanced ASIL functional safety and AEC-Q100 Grade 2 certification.

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