Teledyne e2v's New 5D Sensor Gives Unique 2D, 3D Depth

Teledyne e2v, a Teledyne Technologies company and global innovator of imaging solutions, announces Topaz5D™. Accordingly, the full-HD CMOS image sensor can combine 2D vision with the generation of 3D depth maps.

A single Topaz5D sensor used in challenging lighting conditions delivers 3D object visualization based on the contrast detected. Thus, making it ideal for various logistics applications, AR/VR headsets, access control devices, household vacuum robots, and Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMR).

Topaz5D combines a small 2.5 µm global shutter pixel with a post-processing diffraction layer to create angular sensitive pixels. Hence, enabling the generation of 3D angular signal raw data and then processed by a 5D compatible SDK. Moreover, Topaz5D is a 3D-enabled variant of Teledyne e2v’s popular Topaz 2M. This has been widely used in logistics/retail markets and smart factories.

Suits Diverse Applications

Topaz5D has a 2-megapixel (1,920 x 1,080) resolution. Currently, it is available in both monochrome and color. Its tiny form factor (7.65 mm x 4.45 mm) makes it easy to integrate into space-constrained optical engines or modules. Furthermore, it consumes only 200mW of power to run at a full frame rate.

It generates 3D depth maps and displays the contrast details of any kind of object, even black or very shiny ones. At the same time, those seen through sheets of glass or transparent organic material (e.g., plexiglass or plastic bottles).

Unlike other 3D technologies, which rely on the illumination of the scene, Topaz5D can suit very diverse operating conditions. This includes indoor lighting or direct sunlight. Compared to a stereoscopy solution, it requires only a single sensor plus a lens. Thus, it is not necessary to have complex dual-lens system alignment and there is no risk of optical occlusion.

In addition, Topaz5D delivers an unmatched cost of ownership compared to other competitive 3D vision technologies.

Laurent Appercel, Senior Marketing Manager at Teledyne e2v, said, “Topaz5D has the unique ability to deliver crisp 2D images in full-HD, along with detailed contrast-based 3D depth maps in real-time, at high frame rates, and without latency. 5D processing SDK integration on several SoC vendor platforms is also readily available. All these unmatched benefits come from a single sensor. Moreover, it enables deployment with lower costs, minimal power consumption, no illumination, and simplified hardware and software.

Teledyne e2v will have a live demo of the Topaz5D connected to an Nvidia embedded vision platform at Embedded World, Nuremberg, Germany. The event will take place from April 9 to 11, 2024.

-27 March 2024-