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Cypress Extends Portfolio of CMOS Sensors

SAN JOSE, CA-Cypress Semiconductor Corp. announced two extensions to Cypress's popular VITA family of image sensors -- the 2.3-megapixel VITA 2000 and the 5.3-megapixel VITA 5000. They are ideal for machine vision, high-end security, 2D barcode and intelligent traffic applications.

The new sensors offer an array of sophisticated features, including pipelined and triggered global shutter modes and a conventional rolling shutter mode, speeds of up to 92 frames per second (FPS) for VITA 2000 and 75 FPS for VITA 5000, and 10-bit analog-to-digital converters (ADCs), with either parallel outputs or serialized outputs up to 620 Mbps. They feature programmable registers to control different operating modes, configurable over a standard SPI interface.

The VITA 2000 can provide output in two standard formats: HD (1,920 x 1,080), which is typically used in the security market; and 4:3 (1,600 x 1,200), popular in the machine vision market. The sensor array has a standard 2/3-inch optical format lens. It offers four parallel LVDS channels.

The VITA 5000 has a standard 1-inch optical format with monochrome or color digital output. The pipelined global shutter capability enables exposure during read-out to reduce motion blur. The sensor also works in a rolling shutter mode with Correlated Double Sampling (CDS) to reduce noise and increase dynamic range. It offers eight parallel LVDS channels. More information is available at

The new sensors expand on the capabilities of the 1.3-megapixel VITA 1300 family, and the 25-megapixel VITA 25K. Cypress will demonstrate its entire portfolio of industry-leading custom and standard CMOS image sensor solutions, including these VITA family offerings, at the 2010 Vision Stuttgart Show in Stuttgart, Germany, November 9-11 in Stand 6C23. Interested parties can send an e-mail to to arrange a meeting at the show.

The new devices are manufactured by TowerJazz on its advanced 0.18-micron CMOS image sensor (CIS) technology, offering outstanding performance with low power consumption. Cypress currently manufactures all of its image sensors with TowerJazz.

"We have earned our leadership position in the industrial image sensor market with outstanding quality, performance and delivery," said Georges Hiltrop, general manager of Cypress's image sensor business unit. "We are excited to add to our portfolio and expand our served markets to include high-end security and other applications."

"The new VITA 2000 and VITA 5000 showcase our state of the art image sensor technology, where our process and device features such as low dark current, low noise and high dynamic range enable the high performance required by the end users of Cypress's imaging products," said Jonathan Gendler, director of CIS marketing at TowerJazz. "We're pleased to partner with Cypress, a leading innovator in the CMOS image sensor market, on these new products."

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