Automotive CMOS Sensors – Why It’s Better than CCD Sensors?

Both the public and industrial sectors witnessed a sudden dip in the prices of digital image sensors after the introduction of the CMOS or Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor image sensors. This type of imaging sensor is cheaper than its predecessor, the CCD or the Charge-Coupled Device, which faced lower public demand.
The CCD was produced using a particular manufacturing process that allows the movement of charges across the chip without distortion resulting in a high-quality sensor with excellent light sensitivity. The cheaper CMOS is made through a traditional manufacturing process similar to that of microprocessors which means that they have lower light sensitivity.
The CCD was superior to the CMOS when it came to light sensitivity because of its manufacturing process but thanks to improvements to the CMOS like the onboard micro-lens arrays, it is now able to achieve sensitivity equal or higher than the CCD.
Current CMOS sensors allow for higher frame rates which makes it possible to capture images rapidly without sacrificing the quality.
The CMOS has equal to better sensitivity than the CCD,
and it also competes in noise distortion, battery consumption, and ease of production while still being considerably cheaper.
For more information about the advantages of CMOS over CCD, see OmniVision’s infographic.
Automotive CMOS Sensors

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