12 million pixel CMOS sensor focuses high performance imaging applications

November 01, 2012 // By Paul Buckley
Truesense Imaging has released the company’s first CMOS image sensor specifically targeting applied imaging markets such as machine vision, intelligent transportation systems, and surveillance.

The 12 million pixel KAC-12040 Image Sensor combines high resolution with high frame rate, flexible readout, and excellent near-IR sensitivity – features that address the critical requirements of many current and emerging imaging applications. The new device will be shown as part of Truesense Imaging’s display at the 25th annual VISION Trade Fair, held November 6 – 8 in Stuttgart, Germany.

The KAC-12040 Image Sensor is the first in a planned family of CMOS devices that complement Truesense Imaging’s expansive CCD portfolio by providing the functionality and flexibility available uniquely from CMOS technology. Based on an advanced 4.7-micron pixel, the new CMOS platform provides both global and rolling shutter for versatile image capture, very high frame rate, and excellent near-IR sensitivity – features required by a growing set of applied imaging applications such as machine vision, intelligent transportation systems, and surveillance. The platform also includes a flexible read-out architecture that supports programmable, multiple regions of interest, enabling full speed, interspersed video streams for simultaneous monitoring of both full field of view and multiple localized zones.

With 12 million pixels (4000 x 3000) in a 4/3 optical format, the KAC-12040 supports 8, 10, 12, and14-bit output, providing 10-bit full resolution readout at up to 60 frames per second. Higher frame rates are possible through image cropping, including a pre-programmed Quad Full HD (3840 x 2160, 8.3 MPix) mode that supports 10-bit readout at 100 fps. The architecture of the device enables 2, 4, or the full set of 8 output banks to be selected during readout, allowing power to be conserved when fast throughput is not required.


The KAC-12040 Image Sensor is available in monochrome and Bayer color configurations, and is sampling today with production planned for Q2, 2013. An evaluation system that allows detailed analysis of the sensor’s performance is also available for purchase, with availability expected in Q4, 2012.

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