OmniVision Technologies' Nyxel™ Technology

2018 Edition. In Process of the Year

OmniVision's new Nyxel™ technology for near-infrared (NIR) image sensing leverages novel silicon semiconductor architectures and processes to tackle the challenges plaguing NIR image sensors. OmniVision's approach to NIR imaging combines thick-silicon pixel architectures with careful management of wafer surface texture to improve quantum efficiency (QE), and extended deep trench isolation to help retain modulation transfer function without affecting the sensor's dark current. The result is an improved QE of up to 5x in OmniVision's latest image sensors, over all existing sensors in the industry. This allows them to see better and farther under the same amount of light, extending the detection range and reducing the number of LED lights for lower power consumption. Image sensors with Nyxel technology are ideal for any imaging application that operates in low or no light, including security cameras, machine vision, automotive, medical and mobile.