Newsight Imaging develops high-quality Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) image sensors, that could be integrated into high volume markets of many industries, such as Robotics, Automotive, Mobile, Industry 4.0, and more. The proprietary imaging sensors feature full ‘on the fly’ configurability, providing flexible rapid Frame to Frame configuration change.
Newsight’s CMOS image sensors can operate in Laser Triangulation mode or in Newsight’s proprietary enhanced Time-of-Flight (eTOF™) mode and serve as an affordable image sensing solution that includes the image sensor pixel, an analog-to-digital converter, and a signal processor – all in one chip.
Newsight’s high-performance image sensors offer superior performance, including high accuracy, high sensitivity, long-range, and low power consumption compared to conventional ToF sensors. The patented eTOF™ (enhanced Time-of-Flight) technology can provide a high frame rate (100,000 frames per second) for a fast and detailed acquisition of depth points. Each pixel is configurable for all eTOF™ steps. This enables full ToF results in a single frame, allowing an extremely fast and accurate distance measurement. Alternatively, switching eTOF™ steps between frames allows for high sensitivity and high-resolution results. Moreover, the multiple configurations enable a combination of various alerts of fast moving close objects, while maintaining a long distance view of road obstacles and vehicles.
Laser triangulation technology is applied with a laser that projects light onto a target. The distance is measured based on a calculation of the angle of the returned light. Laser triangulation is beneficial, for example, in smart manufacturing applications that require exact short-range measurements.
Laser triangulation technology can be applied in part/assembly production inspection processes due to its ability to provide precise data even for low contrast objects, using 3D inspection and measurement. Newsight’s CMOS sensors use its pixels array to identify distance accurately and reduce reflections/noises. The chips provide key benefits for using laser triangulation, such as notably high frame rate, high sensitivity, and accuracy (detection range).
Multi triangulation technology is enabled in Newsight’s new area sensor – the NSI1000. Using an array of 32 triangulations of 1024 pixels (32 channels) or using 1-line of 2048 pixels for a longer-distance or higher resolution triangulation. The chip can operate in different modes, frame by frame, and change methods from a range detector to a regular camera and an illumination sensor on-the-fly via software programming.
The ability to sense 3D enhances the performance of computer vision when used in integration with AI. 3D imaging provides a more accurate representation of the surroundings. Newsight can leverage AI and edge computing to provide users with the benefits of machine learning. This allows more flexible solutions and help address specific application needs. Image sensors offer digital processing with analog circuits on a single chip. This enables the support of edge computing, AI, and applications requiring intensive analytics.