Wafer-level 720p HD camera module

January 09, 2013 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Nemotek Technologie claims to offer the world’s first wafer-level high-definition camera module, the Exiguus A15-B1. This 720p HD, high-performance camera features an ultra-compact form factor.

It incorporates two-element HD and reflowable wafer-level lenses and provides lower distortion, better resolution and higher image quality while utilizing replicated lenses on glass wafers instead of traditional plastic. This makes the Exiguus A15-B1 ideal for front-facing camera applications in smartphones, tablets, notebooks, gaming systems and other portable devices.

According to recent reports from InfoTrends, the percentage of all digital camera owners reporting the importance of HD capabilities almost doubled, from 7.9% in 2009 to 15.1% in 2011. The Exiguus A15-B1 responds to this trend and offers a 1/6-inch 1.26 megapixel, reflowable wafer-level camera solution with an active-pixel array of 1296H x 976V. It incorporates a CMOS image sensor and embedded image processor as well as sophisticated functions such as auto exposure control, auto white balance, flicker avoidance, and defect correction.

“We are proud to introduce the first high-definition, wafer-level camera module as it supports our position in the industry as a leader in innovation and state-of-the-art solutions,” said Hatim Limati, vice president of sales and marketing for Nemotek Technologie. “Consumers are increasingly relying on cameras within their portable devices, such as phones and tablets. With the Exiguus A15-B1, we are meeting the growing expectations of users by offering the most advanced module in the industry.”

The Exiguus A15-B1 also features 720p HD video capture at 30 frames per second and offers low light sensitivity in video mode. Additional features of the Exiguus A15-B1 include automatic image enhancement, parallel and MIPI data outputs and multi-camera synchronization. The Exiguus A15-B1 can also be directly reflowed onto the printed circuit board (PCB), making system design and manufacturing easier and cost effective.

By leveraging the benefits of wafer-level technology, the Exiguus A15-B1 can withstand the harshest environmental conditions, making it the perfect solution for existing and new applications requiring cutting-edge camera technology.

Nemotek is currently sampling the Exiguus A15-B1.