OmniVision Announces New NTSC Color CameraChip

OmniVision Announces New NTSC Color CameraChip for Security, Toy and Automotive Applications\r\n
\r\nLatest Analog CameraChip(TM) Offers Improved Low Light Color Performance for North American Markets\r\n
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\r\nSUNNYVALE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dec. 13, 2002– OmniVision Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:OVTI – News), a leading independent supplier of single CameraChip(TM) solutions for high-volume imaging applications, today announced the release of the OV7930 CameraChip(TM) specifically designed for integration into toys, security & surveillance systems, and automobiles. The OV7930 is an NTSC-only color CameraChip designed to enable low-cost, single-chip solutions in applications where performance in low-light conditions is paramount.“;“\“By improving the CameraChip’s low-light capabilities, we have produced a cost-effective solution capable of competing in the security and surveillance market against more expensive and complex color CCD technologies,\“ said John Lynch, vice president of Sales and Marketing for OmniVision. \“In addition, we have removed the circuitry that supports PAL formatted video output, thereby helping to reduce the cost of products targeted for North America. With this offering, camera manufacturers can now produce high sensitivity color or black and white camera solutions with all of the cost and power benefits of our patented CMOS imaging technology.\“\r\n
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\r\nTechnical Specifications\r\n
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\r\nThe OV7930 operates at 1.5 lux. Lux, a unit of illumination equivalent to .0929 foot-candles, determines the level of light necessary to obtain a clear picture. The low lux level of the OV7930 means that the imaging device can produce a quality image with extremely low light, a feature considered beneficial to mass security applications. The product’s low (5.0 volt) power, small size and low cost, coupled with its low lux operating requirements, make this solution even better suited for the mass security market than many of OmniVision’s previously successful products.\r\n
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\r\nDesigned for EIA (the color equivalent of NTSC, the 510×492 pixel video standard in the United States and Canada), the OV7930 delivers composite video capable of directly driving a display device, such as a television or monitor. The OV7930 offers an image array in a standard 1/4-inch format and provides real-time frame rates for video and other imaging applications. Functions incorporated in the OV7930 CameraChip(TM) include automatic gain control (AGC), automatic exposure control (AEC), gamma correction, automatic level control (ALC) and automatic black level calibration.\r\n
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\r\nPrice and availability\r\n
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\r\nOV7930 samples available now. Initial volume pricing is expected to be below $8.00. Please contact your local sales representative for additional information. www.ovt.com\r\n
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\r\nAbout OmniVision\r\n
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\r\nOmniVision Technologies, Inc. is an independent CameraChip(TM) solutions provider. Utilizing proprietary design technology for its highly integrated still-photo and video camera solutions for high-volume imaging applications, OmniVision integrates multiple image processing and capture functions into a single CameraChip design. With the addition of only a lens, the result is a low-cost CameraChip that consumes less power, has a greater environmental functioning range and has a smaller footprint than typical CMOS multi-chip image sensor solutions. OmniVision’s CameraChip solutions are in cell phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), automobiles and industrial machine vision applications, as well as surveillance and biometric security applications. OmniVision is based in Sunnyvale, California. For more information about the company, visit our Website at www.ovt.com.\r\n
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\r\nNote to Editors: OmniVision and CameraChip are trademarks of OmniVision Technologies, Inc. All other trade, product or service names referenced in this release may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.\r\n
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\r\nCertain statements in this press release, including statements regarding the characteristics, potential benefits, performance, functionalities and pricing of OmniVision’s OV7930 CameraChip are forward looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties, which could cause the forward looking statements and OmniVision’s results to differ materially, include, without limitation: potential errors, design flaws or other problems with the OV7930 CameraChip; the continued production, manufacture and development of the OV7930 CameraChip, the high degree of competition in our markets from more established and better financed CCD and CMOS manufacturers and the other risks detailed from time to time in OmniVision’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports, including, but not limited to, OmniVision’s quarterly reports filed on form 10-Q. OmniVision disclaims any obligation to update information contained in any forward looking statement.\r\n
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\r\n OmniVision Technologies, Inc.\r\n
\r\n Steve Rowley, 408/733-3030 x104\r\n
\r\n srowley@ovt.com\r\n
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\r\nSource: OmniVision Technologies, Inc.“;0;87;4;“admin“;““;0;““;0;0;0;0;0

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