Issue: Apr 2006


Hella Selects OmniVision CMOS Sensors for Automotive Rearview Cameras



by James Hilton

OmniVision Technologies has been selected by Hella KGaA Hueck & Co., one of the world's largest suppliers of automotive parts and accessories, to supply CMOS image sensors for Hella's rearview camera products. The color camera for the rearview driver assistance system utilizes both OmniVision's and Hella's expertise in lighting, optics and electronic development..

"OmniVision has proven to be a valuable partner in developing our rearview camera products," said Rolf Kuepper, Product Line Manager at Hella. "Their experience in CMOS imaging technology and their dedication to meeting the stringent requirements of automotive components were key to the successful development of this product."

"We are honored to have been selected by Hella to supply sensors into a market that demands the highest quality of products," said Inayat Khajasha, Senior Product Marketing Manager. "We have worked very closely with Hella and utilized their guidance and support to qualify our sensors for their automotive applications. We look forward to a long and mutually rewarding relationship with Hella, and a bright future for OmniVision in the automotive market."

The Hella rear view camera system includes an integrated CMOS camera with an aperture angle of more than 120 degrees enabling the whole area behind a vehicle to be within the field of view. When drivers put their vehicle into reverse, they are shown an ergonomic color image on a display that adjusts itself to the ambient light level.

Hella KGaA Hueck & Co.

The global supplier develops and manufactures components and systems for lighting and electronics for the automotive industry. In addition, joint venture companies produce complete vehicle modules, air conditioning systems and vehicle electric systems. Hella is one of the world's largest companies selling automotive parts and accessories, with its own sales companies and partners in more than 100 countries. The consolidated turnover of the Hella Group is 3.1 billion euros. Hella is one of the 100 largest industrial companies in Germany. A total of 24,000 people are employed in 65 production facilities, production subsidiaries and joint venture companies. More than 2,900 engineers and technicians work in research and development across the group. Customers include all leading automakers and system manufacturers as well as the automotive aftermarket.

About OmniVision Technology, Inc.

OmniVision Technologies designs and markets high-performance semiconductor image sensors. Its OmniPixel and CameraChip products are highly integrated single-chip CMOS image sensors for mass-market consumer and commercial applications such as mobile phones, digital still cameras, security and surveillance systems, interactive video games, PCs and automotive imaging systems. Additional information is available at www.ovt.com.

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