A new CMOS sensor with extra high dynamic range could lead to more efficient driver assistance systems.
The new VL5510 sensor from STMicroelectronics has a 1024×512 pixel format, making it suitable for the wide-angle products commonly needed in automotive environments. Other features catering for driver-assistance systems include a high sensitivity of 7.14 V/Lux, very low dark current of 33 aA/pixel, and high quantum efficiency in the near-infrared region.
The sensor can output a frame rate of 34 fps and features a fully programmable image size.
According to STMicroelectronics, the device is currently sampling to lead customers, and will be in mass production in automotive applications in early 2009.