IMX290LLR
Diagonal 6.46 mm (Type 1/2.8) Approx. 2.13M-Effective Pixel Monochrome CMOS Image Sensor

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IMX178LLJ
Diagonal 8.92 mm (Type 1/1.8) Approx. 6.44M-Effective Pixel Monochrome CMOS Image Sensor

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IMX226CLJ
Diagonal 9.33 mm (Type 1/1.7) Approx. 12.40M-Effective Pixel Monochrome CMOS Image Sensor

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2M, 6M, and 12M Monochrome CMOS Image Sensors for Industrial Applications

Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation has commercialized the "IMX290LLR", "IMX178LLJ", and "IMX226CLJ" monochrome back-illuminated CMOS image sensors for industrial camera applications. These image sensors use the STARVIS™ technology, which was originally developed for security cameras. 2M-, 6M-, and 12M-pixel image sensors can be selected according to the application. In addition to the basic angle of view, the drive mode can be changed to HD, 5M, and 4K according to the imaging subject. These products also support functions that enable imaging in accordance with the surrounding environment, such as the global reset function and multiple exposure function.

  • High sensitivity monochrome image sensors
  • 2M-, 6M-, and 12M-pixel lineup
  • Global reset function

Exmor R
* Exmor R is a trademark of Sony Corporation. The Exmor R is a Sony's CMOS image sensor with significantly enhanced imaging characteristics including sensitivity and low noise by changing fundamental structure of Exmor™ pixel adopted column parallel A/D converter to back-illuminated type.

STARVIS
* STARVIS is a trademark of Sony Corporation. The STARVIS is back-illuminated pixel technology used in CMOS image sensors for surveillance camera applications. It features a sensitivity of 2000 mV or more per 1 µm2 (color product, when imaging with a 706 cd/m2 light source, F5.6 in 1 s accumulation equivalent), and realizes high picture quality in the visible-light and near infrared light regions.

High sensitivity monochrome image sensors

Products that support monochrome imaging were prepared by making use of the low illumination characteristics of the IMX290LQR*1, IMX178LQJ*2, and IMX226CQJ*3 color image sensors, which are equipped with the STARVIS technology that is highly regarded by customers as image sensors for security cameras.

  • Diagonal 6.46 mm (Type 1/2.8) Approx. 2.13M-Effective Pixel: IMX290LLR
  • Diagonal 8.92 mm (Type 1/1.8) Approx. 6.44M-Effective Pixel: IMX178LLJ
  • Diagonal 9.33 mm (Type 1/1.7) Approx. 12.40M-Effective Pixel: IMX226CLJ
The angle of view can be selected according to the application. (Photograph 1, Photograph 2, Photograph 3)

*1: See the New Product Information released in February 2015.
*2: See the New Product Information released in September 2013.
*3: See the New Product Information released in February 2014.

Multiangle

Various angles of view are available for each sensor in addition to all-pixel output. The IMX290LLR can select all-pixel (Full HD) output or HD output. The IMX178LLJ can select all-pixel 6M output or 5M output with an aspect ratio of 4:3, 5:4, or 16:9 in accordance with the application. The IMX226CLJ can select all-pixel 12M output or 4K output, and is capable of imaging at 60 frame/s in ADC 10-bit mode when 4K output is selected. (Table 3-1, Table 3-2, Table 3-3)

Various functions

The IMX290LLR and IMX178LLJ support multiple exposure drive, and the exposure time can be changed for each frame. The IMX290LLR also supports the DOL (Digital Overlap)-type HDR (High Dynamic Range) function, and can realize multiple exposures with little exposure time difference.
These products are also equipped with the global reset function required by cameras for industrial applications, and use together with a flash makes it possible to obtain images with low distortion.
The IMX178LLJ and IMX226CLJ use a low-voltage LVDS, and the number of channels used can be reduced according to the frame rate. The IMX290LLR can select from low-voltage LVDS, MIPI CSI-2, or CMOS parallel output interfaces in accordance with the interface to be connected.

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Photograph 1 Condition: 2000 lx F5.6 (Exposure time 17.5 ms, Internal gain 0 dB)

Photograph 1
IMX290LLR

Photograph 2 Condition: 2000 lx F5.6 (Exposure time 25 ms, Internal gain 0 dB)

Photograph 2
IMX178LLJ

Photograph 3 Condition: 2000 lx F5.6 (Exposure time 32 ms, Internal gain 0 dB)

Photograph 3
IMX226CLJ

Table 1 Device Structure
Item IMX290LLR IMX178LLJ IMX226CLJ
Output image size Diagonal 6.46 mm (Type 1/2.8) Full HD
Diagonal 4.31 mm (Type 1/4.2) HD
Diagonal 8.92 mm (Type 1/1.8)
all-pixel
Diagonal 7.83 mm (Type 1/2.0) 4:3
Diagonal 7.92 mm (Type 1/2.0) 5:4
Diagonal 8.51 mm (Type 1/1.9) 16:9
Diagonal 9.33 mm (Type 1/1.7) 12M
Diagonal 8.61 mm (Type 1/1.9) 4K
Number of effective pixels 1945 (H) × 1097 (V)
approx. 2.13M pixels
3096 (H) × 2080 (V)
approx. 6.44M pixels
4072 (H) × 3046 (V)
approx. 12.40M pixel
4152 (H) × 2174 (V)
approx. 9.03M pixels
Unit cell size 2.9 µm (H) × 2.9 µm (V) 2.4 µm (H) × 2.4 µm (V) 1.85 µm (H) × 1.85 µm (V)
Optical blacks Horizontal Front: 0 pixels, rear: 0 pixels Front: 0 pixels, rear: 0 pixels Front: 96 pixels, rear: 0 pixels
Vertical Front: 10 pixels, rear: 0 pixels Front: 14 pixels, rear: 0 pixels Front: 16 pixels, rear: 0 pixels
Input drive frequency 37.125 MHz / 74.25 MHz 37.125 MHz / 54.0 MHz / 74.25 MHz 72.0 MHz
Output Interface Low Voltage LVDS 8 ch
MIPI (CSI-2) 4lane
CMOS parallel
Low Voltage LVDS 10 ch Low Voltage LVDS 10 ch
Package 110-pin LGA 128-pin LGA 128-pin LGA
Supply voltage VDD (Typ.) 2.9 V / 1.8 V / 1.2 V 2.9 V / 1.8 V / 1.2 V 2.9 V / 1.8 V / 1.2 V
Table 2 Image Sensor Characteristics
Item IMX290LLR IMX178LLJ IMX226CLJ Remarks
Sensitivity (Monochrome) Typ.
[F8]
1200 mV 380 mV 250 mV (TBD) 3200 K, 706 cd/m2
1/30s accumulation
Saturation signal Min. 914 mV 945 mV 810 mV Tj = 60 °C
Table 3-1 Basic Drive Mode (IMX290LLR)
Drive mode Recommended number of recording pixels Frame rate (Max.) [frame/s] ADC [bit]
Full HD
(1080p)
1920 (H) × 1080 (V)
approx. 2.07M pixels
60 12 (Low Voltage LVDS/CSI-2)
120 10 (Low Voltage LVDS/CSI-2)
30 12/10 (CMOS)
HD
(720p)
1280 (H) × 720 (V)
approx. 0.92M pixels
60 12 (Low Voltage LVDS/CSI-2)
120 10 (Low Voltage LVDS/CSI-2)
60 12/10 (CMOS)
Table 3-2 Basic Drive Mode (IMX178LLJ)
Drive mode Recommended number of recording pixels Frame rate (Max.) [frame/s] ADC [bit]
all-pixel 3072 (H) × 2048 (V)
approx. 6.29M pixels
29.97 14
29.97 12
5M
(4:3)
2592 (H) × 1944 (V)
approx. 5.04M pixels
29.94 14
59.97 12
5M
(5:4)
2560 (H) × 2048 (V)
approx. 5.24M pixels
29.94 14
59.97 12
5M
(16:9)
3072 (H) × 1728 (V)
approx. 5.31M pixels
30 14
60 12
Table 3-3 Basic Drive Mode (IMX226CLJ)
Drive mode Recommended number of recording pixels Frame rate (Max.) [frame/s] ADC [bit]
12M
(4:3)
4000 (H) × 3000 (V)
approx. 12.00M pixels
35 12
40 10
4K
(17:9)
4096 (H) × 2160 (V)
approx. 8.85M pixels
30 12
60 10

*Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation reserves the right to change products and specifications without prior notice.

VOICE

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We developed back-illuminated monochrome image sensors that were strongly demanded for industrial camera applications. These image sensors are equipped with the STARVIS technology developed for security camera applications, and realize high sensitivity and a high S/N ratio, enabling use for various applications.
Please consider adopting this monochrome CMOS image sensor series for industrial camera applications.

Designers
Mr. Aoki , Mr. Desaki
Mr. Ohki , Mr. Takamoto