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JVC Sells It’s First AltaSens 4K s35mm Sensor… Oh & a 4K Camera Module:

AltaSens a JVC company have introduced their first commercially available 4K sensor: the AL41410C.

JVC AL41410C 4K Sensor

The Super-35 size image sensor delivers industry-standard 4K cinema frames in either 12-bit or 10-bit resolution at up to 72 frames per second (fps) using as little as 1.3W. A 5.2-μm pixel pitch gives the AL41410C its high sensitivity, as well as low noise and extensive compatibility with the sharpest available optics usually reserved for leading DSLR cameras.

AltaSens will showcase the AL41410 at the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, from April 7 to 10 in booth C12033.

“This sensor delivers crisp, high frame rate imaging through 4K and beyond,” explained Lester Kozlowski, the company founder and CEO.

Darren Paulson, VP of Business Development and Compliance, added, “The sensor’s expansive programmability, including extremely fast frame rates at multiple optical formats, enables the next generation of broadcast through scientific, military and consumer digital cameras.”

The ability to read a 4096 x 2160 format at up to 72 fps makes AL41410C an extremely attractive sensor for producing 4K cinema in the latest UHD cameras. Operating the sensor at a 3840 x 2160 resolution up to 72 fps is ideal for Ultra HD video. Alternatively, the 1920 x 1080 HD format at 240 fps is best for sports broadcast or special effects support where clear slow motion playback is vital. Its native 4512 x 3008 resolution is available up to 50 fps.

Key features include the following:

Programmable low-power 12-bit digitization and ≥18-bit digital signal processing
Fast transition between still capture and multiple video modes
Still capture (pseudo-global shutter) and sensor reset easily configurable for mechanical shutters
On-chip, ≥18b signal processing maximizes still image and video quality
Automatic on-chip digital correction, including Black Clamp for real-time maintenance of black level, Column Fixed Pattern Noise (FPN) suppression, and line-noise suppression

The first camera modules using the AL41410C sensor were also announced. The AltaSens 4K Pro RGB camera module generates and records HD through 4K in color, via both the AL41410C and highly advanced image signal processing technology.

The AltaSens 4K Pro Night Vision camera module delivers and records intensified HD through 4K video in highest resolution monochrome.

Lead time and competitive pricing available upon request.

AltaSens, a wholly owned subsidiary of JVC KENWOOD Corporation (www.jvckenwood.co.jp/en/index.html), was founded in 2004 and has emerged as the pioneer of High Definition and Wide Dynamic Range CMOS imaging technology.

4K Camera Module

4K Camera Module:

AltaSens Has also introduced its first 4K camera module for commercial sale: the 4K Pro RGB.

The state-of-art camera module generates 4K through HD video at multiple optical formats and frame rates. The high-end module can be used for broadcast, movie and TV production, scientific instruments, medical imaging, and UAVs to record video and capture stills.

AltaSens will showcase the 4K Pro RGB at the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, from April 7 to 10 in booth C12033.

“We are pleased to offer this sophisticated solution to demanding imaging customers in need of a versatile turnkey camera module,” explained Jake Onodera, Executive Vice President. “It is also a superb pathfinder unit for our OEM camera partners using the new AL41410C image sensor.”

Lester Kozlowski, AltaSens Founder and CEO, further explained, “This module represents the imminent merging of advanced camera and sensor technology to deliver, without compromise, superior image quality regardless of format or frame rate. We thank JVC Kenwood for enabling this paradigm shift sooner, rather than later.”

Camera module features include the following:

Turnkey VGA-to-UHD camera engine with up to 13.5 Mpixel image capture
Advanced imaging signal processor for on-the-fly format changes with seamless image quality management, including various SNR-enhancing binning modes
4K video mode at 60 fps; full HD video mode at 240 fps
Video saves directly to SD card or directly output via HDMI 2.0
Still photo capture to SD card

The 4K Pro RGB engine is powered by the combination of the AltaSens AL41410C sensor with advanced JVC KENWOOD imaging-signal processor to deliver HD through 4K and beyond, at multiple frame rates.

The AL41410C is our next generation Super-35 size image sensor. Its ability to generate 4096 x 2160 format images makes the AL41410C an extremely attractive sensor for producing 4K cinema in the latest Ultra HD (UHD) cameras. Operating the sensor at a 3840 x 2160 resolution is ideal for UHD video. Alternatively, the 1920 x 1080 HD format at 240 fps is best for sports broadcast or special effects support where clear slow motion playback is vital. Its native 4512 x 3008 resolution is operable to 50 fps.

The AL41410C is also available in the AltaSens 4K Pro Night-Vision, a new 4K low-light monochrome camera module. The 4K Pro Color Night-Vision camera module will be available in late 2014.

Lead time and competitive pricing available upon request.

For more information about AltaSens products, see www.altasens.com.

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