Model name Sample shipment
date Mass-production
shipment date (planned) Sample price
(excluding tax) IMX390CQV type 1/2.7, 2.45 effective megapixel CMOS
image sensor for automotive cameras
(RGGB Filter)**1 May 2017 March 2018
January 2019**2
Within 1st half of FY2019**3
5,000 JPY

The IMX390CQV is planned to meet the requirements of the AEC-Q100 Grade 2 automotive electronic component reliability tests this fiscal year. Moreover, with this new product, Sony also introduced a development process that complies with ISO26262 automobile functional safety standards, aiming to achieve a high level of design quality for an automotive product. The new sensor also meets the functional safety requirement level ASIL C. By meeting these standards and quality requirements for automobile components, the product is ready for use in forward-sensing cameras for Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) and cameras for Camera Monitoring System (CMS) that show persons and obstacles on an in-car monitor with clear visibility, an application expected to grow as a substitute for conventional rearview mirrors.

Main Features

1. Simultaneous LED flicker mitigation and HDR functions

This image sensor uses original Sony pixel structure and exposure methods to achieve the industry's first*1-ever simultaneous LED flicker mitigation and HDR functions. LED signs and the LED lights of cars in front and behind the vehicle can be accurately recognized while enabling wide dynamic range image capture with no highlight blowout or loss of shadow detail in situations of dramatic contrast, such as when entering or exiting tunnels.

Sample comparison movies: Simultaneous LED flicker mitigation and HDR functions (Left), HDR function only (Right)

2. High-sensitivity 1,953mV (standard F5.6)

The new image sensor is equipped with circuits possessing improved efficiency when converting electronic signals received from photodiodes to voltage signals. This delivers the highest sensitivity, approximately 1.5x that of conventional*3 image sensors for 2.0 megapixel class automotive cameras (according to Sony research). This capability enables the sensor to capture high-quality color images even in light conditions as low as 0.1 lux, which is equivalent to moonlight, enhancing camera reliability in rendering obstacles and persons.

Additionally, Euro NCAP, an organization involved in automotive safety rating in European countries, has decided to include nighttime pedestrians as targets for automatic braking collision avoidance systems in 2018. Going forward, this will drive increased demand for high-sensitivity, high-quality image capture capabilities in the automotive camera market.

Image comparison under 0.1 lux light condition: IMX390CQV (Left), Visual image (Right)

IMX390CQV under 0.1 lux light condition
Visual image under 0.1 lux light condition

3. Meeting quality standards required for automotive applications

Key Specifications

Model name IMX390CQV
Number of effective pixels 2017 (H) × 1217 (V), approx. 2.45 megapixels
Image size Diagonal 6.67mm (type 1/2.7)
Unit cell size 3.0μm (H) × 3.0μm (V)
Frame rate Full-HD1080p AD10bit 60fps, AD12bit 40fps
Sensitivity (F5.6 standard value, 1/30 second storage time) 1,953mV (green pixel)
Dynamic range (EMVA1288 standard) 120dB
110dB (When HDR function and LED flicker mitigation function are used simultaneously)
Saturation signal (minimum value) 700mV
Power supply Analog 2.9 V
Digital 1.2 V
Interface 1.8 V
Interface MIPI CSI-2 serial output (4 lane / 2 lane)
Package 96pin plastic BGA
Package size 10.0mm × 10.6mm
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