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Image Sensors

Technical Documentation

The broad image sensor portfolio from ON Semiconductor provides options for camera manufacturers to satisfy the requirements of every possible end application from wearables and consumer electronics to demanding industrial and automotive applications. The image sensor portfolio offers resolutions from VGA to 50.1 megapixels, frame rates of 1 to 815 fps, optical formats from 1/13 inch to 645 medium format, rolling to global shutter image performance with a wide variety of interface and package types. The complete range of ON Semiconductor image sensors enables camera system engineers flexibility in configuration to combine optimal performance characteristics including high speed, high sensitivity, high image quality and uniformity, wide dynamic range, high speed, high reliability, low noise, low power, and compact package footprint to match specific application requirements. Image sensor families provide an easy upgrade path for existing customers and allow manufacturers to leverage a single camera design to support multiple products to accelerate time to market.

Featured New Products

AR0234CS: CMOS Digital Image Sensor with Global Shutter, 1/2.6-inch, 2.3 Mp
  • Best in Class Global Shutter Efficiency
  • Low Dark Current/Hot Pixels
  • High Linear Full Well
SECO-RANGEFINDER-GEVK: SiPM Direct Time of Flight (dToF) LiDAR
  • Direct ToF Operation for Single Point Applications
  • > 0.11 m to 23 m Detectable Range
  • Out of the Box Operation with User-Friendly GUI with Adjustable System Variables
AR0237SR: CMOS Image Sensor, 2.1 MP, 1/2.7" Lower Cost, New RGB-IR Variants
  • Active-pixel array of 1928 (H) x 1088 (V)
  • Full HD support up to 1080p 60 fps for superior video performance
  • Now available in RGB and RGB-IR variants

Products by Megapixels

Image Sensors - 0.3 to 1 MP

ON Semiconductor’s product family of high performance image sensors ranging from 0.3 to 1 megapixels.

Image Sensors - 1.2 to 5 MP

ON Semiconductor’s product family of high performance image sensors ranging from 1.2 to 5 megapixels.

Image Sensors - 5.1 to 10 MP

ON Semiconductor’s product family of high performance image sensors ranging from 5.1 to 10 megapixels.

Image Sensors - 10.8 to 50.1 MP

ON Semiconductor’s product family of high performance image sensors ranging from 10.8 to 50.1 megapixels.

Products by Frame Rate

Image Sensors - 4 to 30 fps

ON Semiconductor’s product family of high performance image sensors ranging from 4 to 30 fps.

Image Sensors - 31 to 92 fps

ON Semiconductor’s product family of high performance image sensors ranging from 31 to 92 fps.

Image Sensors - 100 to 815 fps

ON Semiconductor’s product family of high performance image sensors ranging from 100 to 815 fps.


Ultra Low Power Pseudo Global Shutter Sensor Demo

View a demo of ON Semiconductor's ultra low power bluetooth low energy camera, featuring the ARX3A0 image sensor.

A Rolling Shutter that Works Like a Global Shutter?

Here we discuss a new type of machine vision rolling shutter technology that operates like a global shutter, featuring the ARX3A0.

Vision IoT | 2019 Technology Seminar - IoT

Watch a recording of the Vision IoT seminar where we discuss balancing performance and lower power requirements for vision IoT...

The Current State of Machine Vision Technology

Machine Vision Technology is a fast growing market, with BCC Research estimating it’s market value to be $30.8 billion by 2021.

Product Resources

Technical Note

Image Sensor Terminology

This technical note has been written to clarify some of the terminology used to describe the operation and performance of solid state image sensors. It is intended for use by anyone considering using these sensors in a systems design, and particularly for first time users. This note provides only brief explanations of the common terms encountered in image sensor specifications.

Technical Note

Image Sensor Color Correction

This reference document will describe the basic process to obtain colors from a digital image sensor. CCD and CMOS solid-state image sensors contain an array of photosensitive elements called pixels. The pixels collect light from a scene and convert it into electrical signal. The signal is then digitized and processed. Digital cameras use CCD or CMOS image sensors to capture images.

Application Note

Image Sensor Handling and Best Practices

This application note describes minimal methods for customers to incorporate in their handling, storing, and cleaning processes for image sensors. Integrated circuits, including image sensor products are sensitive to Electrostatic Discharge (ESD). This application note discusses minimum required procedures to minimize the occurrence of an ESD event when handling image sensors.

Application Note

Factory Automation Lens Options

The following application note includes a list of lenses that has been found working well with the listed image sensors from ON Semiconductor. This information is provided as a general guide line for lens use in a general Factory Automation application; we recommend the user to perform his own evaluation to determine which lens is suitable for the application.

Application Note

X-Cube Imaging System X-Cube Machine Vision Reference Module Developer Guide

This document describes both the mechanical and electrical features and functions of the X−Cube Imaging System (X−Cube). The X−Cube is designed to demonstrate the features of ON Semiconductor’s XGS family of image sensors in machine vision applications. The X−Cube is designed to conform to the machine vision industry standard 29 mm × 29 mm form factor.

Application Note

Chip Supply Voltage Monitor Limits

This application note provided details of how the chip supply voltage monitor limits were established for the AR0220AT, AR0231AT and AR0138AT. This document includes the suggested limits, and the analysis used to arrive at those limits.


ON Semiconductor's image sensors continue to provide the eyes for the new generation of Subaru's advanced EyeSight® driver assist system

EyeSight is an advanced driver assist system, or ADAS. By now, many drivers are familiar with the concept of ADAS, but it's worth noting that, just like vehicles, ADAS takes various forms, each with its own feature-set. The ADAS features offered by in vehicles from different manufacturers are likely to be similar, but the way they implement the ADAS varies. This variation really comes down to delivering the user experience that the OEM is aiming to provide.


How High-Speed Global Shutter Image Sensors Ease the Burden on AI-based Vision Systems

Vision sensors are becoming increasingly important edge devices for data acquisition. Originally used and developed as simple image sensors for photographic applications, today’s image sensors are used to deliver high-quality inputs feeding into AI and Machine Learning systems. These systems, in turn, have become sophisticated decision-making entities leveraging new and innovative processor architectures.

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