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Renesas and OmniVision deliver integrated reference design for automotive camera systems

September 14, 2021

Posted by: Anasia D'mello

Renesas Electronics Corporation, a supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, and OmniVision Technologies, Inc., a developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, introduced an integrated reference design for a High Definition automotive camera system.

The new design features Renesas’ recently introduced Automotive HD Link (AHL) technology that transmits high-definition video over low-cost cables and connectors. The AHL components in the design pair with OmniVision’s OX01F10 1.3MP SoC, which provides the imaging performance across a wide range of challenging lighting conditions, along with the most compact form factor and lowest power consumption.

HD video is increasingly important in car safety systems for object recognition functionality. The new RAA279971 AHL encoder and RAA279972 decoder use a modulated analogue signal to transmit the video, enabling transmission rates 10 times less than required to transmit HD signals digitally. The lower transmission rate means that unshielded twisted pair (UTP) cables and standard low-cost connectors can be used, as can existing traditional analogue video cables and connectors.

Renesas is a provider in the Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) market, and AHL can be paired with other Renesas products, such as the R-Car Automotive SoCs, RH850 MCUs, automotive PMICs, and analogue components to cost-effectively implement numerous safety features in virtually any vehicle.

OmniVision’s OX01F10 SoC integrates a high performance 3.0 micron image sensor and an advanced image signal processor (ISP) with OmniVision’s PureCel Plus technology for low noise, solving the automotive rear view camera (RVC) and surround view system (SVS) challenges of achieving a small form factor with excellent low-light performance, ultra-low power and reduced cost while improving reliability by enabling single printed circuit board (PCB) designs.

“This reference design featuring our AHL technology combines market-leading technologies from two industry leaders,” says Niall Lyne, vice president of the automotive analogue power and video business division at Renesas. “Together, we’re enabling an efficient and economical HD video system design for any vehicle class worldwide.”

“The 1.3MP OX01F10 provides automotive designers with the industry’s best imaging performance across a wide range of challenging lighting conditions, supporting HDR up to 120dB and high performance ISP. The sensor features ASIL-B, which targets cost-effective solutions, along with the most compact form factor and lowest power consumption,” says Michael Wu, senior vice president of global sales and marketing at OmniVision. “This reference design with Renesas takes that concept further by pairing with another high-quality, economical solution.”

The reference design will be demonstrated at OmniVision’s booth # 15 at the upcoming AutoSens Brussels 2021 Exhibition, September 15-16.


The new reference design is available through both Renesas Sales and OmniVision Sales. Visit here to learn more about the AHL technology, and here for information about the OX01F10.

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