UCP INVESTOR ALERT BY THE FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL OF LOUISIANA: Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC Investigates Adequacy of Price and Process in Proposed Sale of UCP, Inc.

NEW ORLEANS, April 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Former Attorney General of Louisiana Charles C. Foti, Jr., Esq. and the law firm of Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC ("KSF") are investigating the proposed sale of UCP, Inc. ("UCP" or the "Company") (NYSE: UCP) to Century Communities, Inc. (NYSE: CCS). Under the terms of the proposed transaction, shareholders of UCP will receive only $5.32 in cash and 0.2309 shares of CCS for each share of UCP that they own. KSF is seeking to determine whether this consideration and the process that led to it are adequate, or whether the consideration undervalues the Company.

If you believe that this transaction undervalues the Company and/or if you would like to discuss your legal rights regarding the proposed sale, you may, without obligation or cost to you, e-mail or call KSF Managing Partner Lewis S. Kahn (lewis.kahn@ksfcounsel.com) toll free at any time at 855-768-1857.

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Rain or Shine- Ready to Run. Boston Marathon Runners Prepare for Today’s Event

    BOSTON, MA, April 12, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ — Today’s sendoff will include food, drink, merchandise discounts, giveaways and raffles featuring; Golf Foursome at the Pinehills Golf Course in Plymouth, MA.

Running for Team Eye and Ear- Will McNamara and Kerryn Doherty, both whom are previous patients of Eye and Ear. Today they run to give back to the practice that helped them so greatly through it all.

Will McNamara,
A Team Eye and Ear veteran, Will McNamara returns this April for his 9th Boston Marathon! Will suffered a mountain biking accident in Vail, Colorado 10 years ago where during surgery he suffered a stroke to the optic nerve in both eyes, leaving him legally blind. Today Will and his wife, Alexis, live happily in Sommerville with their two dogs. This year Will runs with the aspiration that one day the research the McNamara’s support will help restore his vision.

„Dr. Joseph Rizzo at Mass Eye and Ear has given me the inspiration to move forward in my life after losing my sight,” Will explains. „It gives me a great feeling to be a part of this team!”
His Bib Number is 25316


Kerryn Doherty,
Two years of running for a great cause- and the excitement still grows! Kerryn runs as part of Team Eye and Ear to raise funds for the advancing research in the Neuro- Ophthalmology Department. As a former patient, Kerryn knows first-hand how impressive this Boston Hospital truly is, and runs to give back to the doctoring team that so positively impacted her life. Kerryn has been a Boston resident for over 10 years and currently lives in the South End.
Her Bib Number is 30069

North River Outfitter is ecstatic to be supporting such a magnificent cause and two awe-inspiring runners. Please come out to show your support for not only Team Eye and Ear, but for everyone running for their own beautiful cause.

At North River Outfitter, we pride ourselves on our hand-selected offerings that read like a who’s who. The list of brands at NRO continues to grow as the arbiter of quintessential New England sophistication.

From 2006, with a single one-stop-shop on the corner of Charles and Revere, to today, with locations in Massachusetts’ coveted getaways and locales including Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and Wellesley, NRO has expanded alongside their customers, catering to every whim and fancy.

With the addition of NRO Kids and NRO Sport, North River Outfitter strives to transcend taste, trend, and age by reminding us that, „classic is always in style.”

NRO offers products, apparel, gear and toys from over 250 vendors. Because of our free shipping, large inventory, the lowest online prices and no sales tax (in 49 States) NRO has separated itself from the competition.

State of Nebraska Websites Win Four Horizon Interactive Awards

LINCOLN, Neb.–( )–The Horizon Interactive Awards, now in its 15th season, is proud to present four awards to four different government agencies in Nebraska. The competition recognizes, promotes, and awards the best websites/website design, interactive, videos, online advertising, print media, and mobile applications.

Awarded Best in Category for Government Website Design, Nebraska.gov received top honors. „We are ecstatic to receive awards in four different categories for four different efforts! We appreciate the recognition for the hard work done here by the team,” stated Brent Hoffman, GM of Nebraska Interactive. In the category of Advocacy/Non-Profit, Protect the Good Life garnered a Silver Award. The Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing received a Bronze Award, and for the category of Government Agency, the Assistive Technology Partnership was awarded a Bronze award.

Each year, the Horizon Interactive Awards receives thousands of entries from all over the world, and a volunteer panel of industry professionals, from diverse multi-media, graphic design, advertising, and marketing backgrounds, reviews the entries to determine the work that is recognized.

About Nebraska.gov

Nebraska.gov (http://www.Nebraska.gov) is managed by Nebraska Interactive, LLC., part of digital government firm NIC’s (NASDAQ: EGOV) family of companies. Nebraska Interactive works with state agencies to enable them to conduct state business online and improve public access to government information and is contracted by the Nebraska State Records Board to provide online services for Nebraska government agencies.

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About NIC

NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV), which is celebrating 25 years as a company in 2017, has seen the transition of digital services from green-screen computers to mobile apps and artificial intelligence. Founded in 1992, NIC is the nation’s premier provider of innovative government solutions and secure payment processing, which help make government more accessible and convenient for everyone through technology. The family of NIC companies has a library of more than 12,000 digital government solutions for more than 4,500 federal, state and local agencies in the United States. Among those solutions is the ground-breaking personal digital government assistant, Gov2Go, aimed at providing constituents easy, personal interactions with government. Additional information is available at www.egov.com.

Huawei Services Aims to Address Carriers Business Problems

[Shenzhen, China, April 12, 2017] Huawei today released its carrier services business performance for 2016. By executing the “product-driven and services-driven strategy, Huawei Services reported revenues of USD13.32 billion in 2016 and kept robust growth in improving carriers’ network value, operation efficiency, an digital transformation. Huawei Services aims to address carriers’ business problems and help them transform towards digital business.

From left to right: Weibing, CMO of Huawei Global Services; Shengkai, President of Global Services Marketing and Solution Sales; Ted Luo, Director of Global Services DP Department.

Huawei Services has made significant progress in experience-based network deployment. It has managed over 400 high-quality networks, established over 40 service operations centers, provided indoor connected solutions for over 52,000 hot spots, and deployed over 470 IP networks and 1.15 million integrated wireless sites. In terms of driving operation for excellence, Huawei Services has provided managed services for over 160 networks, delivered assurance services for over 500 major events, and ensured stable operations for over 1,500 communication networks. In addition, it has worked with global carriers to develop innovations in smart customer services, digital marketing, network and central office modernization. Huawei Services’ consulting and IT integration services have helped customers on their all cloud transformation journeys. It has participated in 2020 network transformation projects for more than 10 leading carriers, integrated over 420 cloud data centers worldwide, won over 30 commercial use contracts on enterprise CloudVPN integration, and completed over 130 NFV and SDN projects globally.

Putting customers first, Huawei Services provides customized solutions and actively cooperates with leading carriers in joint innovation. It has provided services for a number of global carriers, and received awards from TM Forum, Informa, QuEST Forum, GTB, and Telecoms for its customer experience management, data center integration, ICT managed services, and NFV integration.

There are tremendous opportunities for growth within the telecom industry. However, to thrive in the digital era, carriers need to transform their businesses and deliver new connectivity and communication services that create a compelling user experience. There are still a large number of individuals and households demanding basic communication services. Meanwhile, video is becoming a fundamental service for carriers and by 2025, the video-as-a-service market is expected to increase tenfold, entering a market with one trillion US dollars. Cloud services for enterprises and governments, IoT, and telecom services in vertical markets are also becoming new growth drivers for carriers.

„Carriers’ demands changes and requires business solutions that create values and address problems. Carriers need to reduce time and costs spent building and operating networks, deploy and manage networks for video services and its monetization, deliver ROADS user experience, and realize the growth of digital business via agile operations. In fact, however, there is no single supplier who can help address carriers’ business problems.” said Mr. Sheng Kai, President of Huawei Service Marketing and Solution Sales

“Huawei Services is focused on helping customers address these issues through continuous investment in our Services organization and talent, platform, and ecosystem to drive experience-based network deployment, operation for excellence, and digital transformation. With these efforts, we aim to address carriers’ most pressing challenges and eventually help them move their business to the cloud.”

Huawei believes its success depends on its customers’ success. Huawei Services provides the following solutions to help customers accelerate business growth and innovation:

  • Experience-based network deployments to drive network value: Building business experience-based networks through precise planning and big data analytics to help customers improve their user experience and brand reputation, increase ROI and achieve revenue growth.
  • Excellent O&M to improve efficiency: Using digital technologies to reconstruct O&M models to help carriers enhance O&M efficiency in scenarios such as network and IT service outsourcing, smart customer service, digital marketing, and central equipment room modernization.
  • Digital transformation to enable new growth: Helping carriers with digital transformation in the fields of video, government and enterprise cloud, and IoT through vertical service integration. Transforming operation and IT infrastructure to enable agile digital operations, shorten the time-to-market, and build secure and reliable distributed cloud data centers.

To help carriers advance digital transformation and network evolution, Huawei follows the concept of “Change starts from us before we better support customers” in areas of R&D, delivery, and supply chain by continually investing in the service industry, building an open ecosystem, and enhancing business solution consulting and integration services abilities. Huawei Services has established a service lab to explore new service models and strategies. Moreover, to improve efficiency, it has introduced automation and smart technologies based on Huawei’s integrated service delivery platform, cloud open lab, and center of expertise. Huawei Services has also built a sustainable development ecosystem through industry and business alliances, cooperation with open source communities, and joint innovations with partners. It will continue its open cooperation with third-party organizations and open-source communities. At the same time, Huawei Services has joined hands with customers and partners to innovate and share best practices through its cloud open lab.

Cloudification is an ongoing journey and carriers need manage their current network assets effectively, and maximize network value to drive profitability. At the same time, carriers also need to adopt digital transformation to drive competitiveness in the future. Huawei Services will work closely with its customers and partners to help them achieve these goals and embrace the future of digital business.

M2M Network Security – Comprehensive and in-depth Research Report of Global Market to grow at a CAGR of 26.27% during the period 2017-2021 Including Key Players Kore Wireless, Numerex, PTC (Axeda)

HTF Market Intelligence released a new research report of 70 pages on title ‘Global M2M Network Security Market 2017-2021’ with detailed analysis, forecast and strategies. The study covers key regions that includes APAC, Europe, North America, ROW and important players such as Kore Wireless, Numerex, PTC (Axeda) etc.

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About M2M Network Security

M2M network security solutions include hardware products, software products, and managed security services that are used to detect and prevent unauthorized access, misuse, breakdown of M2M networks, and attempts to disable/destroy M2M networks.

Research analysts forecast the global M2M network security market to grow at a CAGR of 26.27% during the period 2017-2021.

Covered in this report

The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global M2M network security market for 2017-2021. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the sales of M2M network security products, which include embedded SIMs and gateways.

The market is divided into the following segments based on geography:

  • APAC
  • Europe
  • MEA
  • North America
  • South America

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Research analysts report, Global M2M Network Security Market 2017-2021, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

Key vendors

  • Cisco Systems
  • Gemalto
  • Kore Wireless
  • Numerex
  • PTC (Axeda)

Other prominent vendors

  • Digi International
  • NetComm Wireless
  • Netop
  • Novatel Wireless
  • Option
  • SIMCom Wireless Solutions
  • Systech
  • Telit
  • Ventus

Market driver

  • Increase in number of connected devices
  • For a full, detailed list, view our report

Market challenge

  • Technical defects and related high costs of M2M network security solutions
  • For a full, detailed list, view our report

Market trend

  • Increased demand for M2M in consumer electronics
  • For a full, detailed list, view our report

Key questions answered in this report

  • What will the market size be in 2021 and what will the growth rate be?
  • What are the key market trends?
  • What is driving this market?
  • What are the challenges to market growth?
  • Who are the key vendors in this market space?
  • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the key vendors?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the key vendors?

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Companies Mentioned in The Report

Cisco Systems, Gemalto, Kore Wireless, Numerex, PTC (Axeda), Digi International, EUROTECH, NetComm Wireless, Netop, Novatel Wireless, Option, SIMCom Wireless Solutions, Systech, Telit, and Ventus.

Research methodology is based on extensive primary and secondary research. Primary research includes in-depth interviews with industry experts, vendors, resellers and customers. Secondary research includes Research analysts Platform, industry publications, company reports, news articles, analyst reports, trade associations and the data published by Government agencies.



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Table of Contents

PART 01: Executive summary

PART 02: Scope of  the report

PART 03: Research Methodology

PART 04: Introduction

  • Key market highlights
  • Overview of M2M network security
  • M2M ecosystem
  • Applications of M2M
  • Components of M2M network security
  • M2M threats

PART 05: Sensors: M2M

  • Sensors: A major part of M2M

PART 06: Economic impact

  • Economic impact on the market

PART 07: Technology lifecycle

  • Technology lifecycle

PART 08: Market landscape

  • Market overview
  • Market size and forecast
  • IoT: A major development in M2M network security market

PART 09: Market segmentation by end-user

  • Global M2M network security market by end-user segmentation

PART 10: Geographical segmentation

  • Global M2M network security market by geography

PART 11: Decision framework

……………… Continued

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DIVERGENT Energy Services Announces update on Linear Electromagnetic Submersible Pump

CALGARY, ALBERTA–(Marketwired – April 12, 2017) –


DIVERGENT Energy Services Corp. („Divergent” or „the Corporation”) (TSX VENTURE:DVG) is pleased to announce that the Linear Electromagnetic Submersible Pump (the „Linear Pump”) installed into a client oil well in Southeast Saskatchewan on March 24, 2017 has been pumping continuously since the start of the test.

This most recent install includes a tool that restricts tubing movement, which had been identified as the cause of power cable failures. Ken Berg, President & CEO, states „The results of incorporating a tubing anchor were realized as soon as we turned on the pump. The slight vibration at the wellhead (from tubing movement) felt on previous tests has been eliminated. The pump is running smoothly and I’m optimistic we will achieve a long run time”.

The Corporation continues to pursue additional installations in both Canada and the United States and continue to move towards commercialization.

The Corporation’s vision is to be a premier supplier of submersible pumping products that increase production, while reducing costs and carbon footprint. The commercialization of our Linear Pump represents a build on our existing electric submersible pump („ESP”) business, and will provide oil and gas companies with the opportunity to capitalize on the Linear Pump’s many benefits while differentiating Divergent within a competitive and growing market.


The Linear Pump eliminates the ongoing cost of rod and tubing wear in oil wells, which can help oil and gas producers drive down operating costs, enhance field efficiencies and improve operations. In the current weak commodity price environment, such cost savings can represent a significant benefit to producers seeking to maximize netbacks and control operating and capital costs.

The electromagnet motor duplicates the reciprocating motion currently created by pumpjacks, but does it at the bottom of the well, eliminating the rod strings and surface lifting equipment typically used in oil wells. The Pump’s power is generated by a magnetic field that causes the magnetic shaft of the motor to move in a back and forth, or linear, motion. All moving parts are contained within the submersible housing, allowing the Pump to be placed lower in the well than traditional rod pumps. Placing pumps lower in a well typically maximizes „draw down” and increases production.


Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, DIVERGENT Energy Services Corp. provides an array of artificial lift products and services that are used in the oil and gas industry, including its revolutionary Linear Electric Submersible Pump. Divergent’s Pump is approaching commercialization and is targeted to replace traditional oil pumpjacks. Other Divergent products currently in use by its oil and gas industry customers include Electric Submersible Pumps and Electric Submersible Progressing Cavity Pumps.


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Forward-looking information and financial outlook is based on current expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions, which we believe are reasonable but which may prove to be incorrect and therefore such forward-looking information and financial outlook should not be unduly relied upon. In addition to other factors and assumptions which may be identified in this document, assumptions have been made regarding, among other things: industry activity; the general stability of the economic and political environment; effect of market conditions on demand for the Company’s products and services; the ability to obtain qualified staff, equipment and services in a timely and cost efficient manner; the ability to operate its business in a safe, efficient and effective manner; the performance and characteristics of various business segments; the effect of current plans; the timing and costs of capital expenditures; future oil and natural gas prices; currency, exchange and interest rates; the regulatory framework regarding royalties, taxes and environmental matters in the jurisdictions in which the Company operates; and the ability of the Company to successfully market its products and services.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Defense Nuclear Weapons School (DNWS) Celebrates 70th Anniversary

FORT BELVOIR, VA–(Marketwired – April 12, 2017) – The Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s (DTRA) home of nuclear triad and counter-weapons of mass destruction mission learning, the Defense Nuclear Weapons School (DNWS), is celebrating its 70th anniversary this month. The school, located on Kirtland Air Force Base near Albuquerque, N.M., can trace its roots back to the World War II Manhattan Project, which developed the first atomic bombs. Currently, DNWS has more than 30 courses in-residence, online or delivered by mobile training teams that cover the spectrum of Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRNE) instruction. Its classified weapons museum remains the nation’s only complete collection with display examples of every nuclear weapon inventoried, and many of the courses offered utilize this unique resource.

Founded by atomic weapons pioneers Maj. Gen. Leslie Groves and Rear Adm. William Parsons, their post-WWII vision was for a joint military-civilian program to manage these new weapons and provide the intensive training for them. Due to the complexity of the early weapons, DNWS courses were several weeks long and broken into sections covering electrical, mechanical and nuclear assemblies. The school was born in 1947 as the Technical Training Group under the Armed Forces Special Weapons Project.

The 1950’s brought increased Cold War tensions and an ever growing nuclear stockpile leading to a greater defense demand for highly trained nuclear technicians. Additionally, the school trained radiological defense personnel and bomb technicians on how to recover explosives and hazardous components. The need for these courses was reinforced as the United States experienced its first five accidents involving nuclear weapons in 1950. During this timeframe the school was part of the Armed Forces Special Weapons Project and then the Defense Atomic Support Agency (DASA).

Renamed the Defense Nuclear Weapons School after the end of the Cold War, concern over domestic radiological and nuclear terrorism have led to courses being established in support of domestic responders. „Providing quality technical and useful education, DNWS is a key, relevant source of knowledge for the warfighter. This institution continues to educate and prepare students to be knowledgeable for the worldwide weapons of mass destruction threat,” said Brig. Gen. Gerald Goodfellow, Director of Nuclear Enterprise Support at DTRA.

Acting DTRA Director, Ms. Shari Durand, lauded the school’s continued success by saying, „For 70 years DNWS has provided our warfighters, civil support teams, and our allies instruction and expertise that is second to none. I am extremely proud of DNWS’ rich and varied past. I am confident their future endeavors will continue to prepare our warfighters to address future WMD threats around the world.”

DTRA is the U.S. Department of Defense’s Combat Support Agency for countering weapons of mass destruction, addressing the entire spectrum of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high yield explosive threats and countering improvised threats. DTRA’s programs include scientific research and development, operational support to U.S. warfighters on the front line, and an expertise that spans the full WMD threat spectrum. We work with the military services, other elements of the United States government, and partner countries to prevent acquisition, contain and reduce threats and respond to crises with a singular goal in mind: Making the World Safer.

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Chesapeake Utilities Corporation To Host Conference Call To Review First Quarter 2017 Financial Results

DOVER, Del., April 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (NYSE: CPK) will host a conference call on Friday, May 5, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. ET to discuss the Company’s financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017.  The earnings press release will be issued on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, before the market opens.

To participate in this call, dial 855.801.6270 and reference Chesapeake Utilities Corporation’s 2017 First Quarter Financial Results Conference Call.

Alliance Memory Launches New Line of 1Gb, 2Gb, and 4Gb Mobile LPDDR2 SDRAMs to Increase Battery Life in Portable Electronics

SAN CARLOS, CA–(Marketwired – Apr 12, 2017) – Alliance Memory today introduced a new line of high-speed CMOS mobile low-power DDR2 (LPDDR2) SDRAMs with densities of 1Gb, 2Gb, and 4Gb in the 134-ball FBGA package. The devices offer a variety of power-saving features, including 1.2 V/1.8 V operating voltages, to extend battery life in portable electronics, while their high density enables ultra-slim designs.

The LPDDR2 SDRAMs released today provide reliable drop-in, pin-to-pin compatible replacements for a number of similar solutions in ultra-low-voltage cores and I/O power supplies for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. For these products, the ICs feature auto temperature-compensated self-refresh (TCSR) to minimize power consumption at lower ambient temperatures. In addition, their partial-array self-refresh (PASR) feature reduces power by only refreshing critical data, while a deep power down (DPD) mode provides an ultra-low power state when data retention isn’t required.

Featuring a double data rate four-bit prefetch architecture, the LPDDR2 SDRAMs deliver high-speed operation with clock rates of 400MHz and 533MHz, and are available in commercial (-30°C to +85°C) and industrial (-40°C to +85°C) temperature ranges. The devices offer programmable read or write burst lengths of 4, 8, or 16; an auto pre-charge function provides a self-timed row pre-charge initiated at the end of the burst sequence. Easy-to-use refresh functions include auto- or self-refresh. The RoHS-compliant ICs are lead (Pb)- and halogen-free.

Device Specification Table:

Part # Density Configuration Temp. Clock
AS4C64M16MD2-25BCN 1Gb 64M x 16 bit -30°C to +85°C 400MHz 134-ball FBGA
AS4C32M32MD2-25BCN 1Gb 32M x 32 bit -30°C to +85°C 400MHz 134-ball FBGA
AS4C64M32MD2-25BCN 2Gb 64M x 32 bit -30°C to +85°C 400MHz 134-ball FBGA
AS4C128M16MD2-25BCN 2Gb 128M x 16 bit -30°C to +85°C 400MHz 134-ball FBGA
AS4C128M32MD2-18BCN 4Gb 128M x 32 bit -30°C to +85°C 533MHz 134-ball FBGA
AS4C128M32MD2-18BIN 4Gb 128M x 32 bit -40°C to +85°C 533MHz 134-ball FBGA

Alliance Memory offers an extensive line-up of mobile low-power SDRAMs to help designers meet the demand for reduced power consumption in portable electronics, including 64M, 128M, 256M, 512M, and 1GB LPDDR1 SDRAMs and 16GB LPDDR3 SDRAMs. 8GB 256M x 32 LPDDR2 SDRAMs in the 134-ball FBGA package will also be available soon.

Samples and production quantities of the new LPDDR2 SDRAMs are available now, with lead times of four to eight weeks for production quantities.

About Alliance Memory Inc.
Alliance Memory is a worldwide provider of critical and hard-to-find DRAM and SRAM memory ICs for the communications, computing, consumer electronics, medical, automotive, and industrial markets. The company’s product range includes DRAMs and SRAMs with commercial, industrial, and automotive operating temperature ranges and densities from 64Kb to 8Gb. Privately held, Alliance Memory maintains headquarters in San Carlos, California, and regional offices in Europe, Asia, and South America. More information about Alliance Memory is available online at www.alliancememory.com.

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Sony Commercializes the Industry’s First[1] Automotive 2MP High-Sensitivity CMOS Image Sensor with LED Flicker mitigation and HDR

TOKYO, April 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Sony Corporation is announcing the commercialization of a new state-of-the-art 2.45 effective megapixel CMOS image sensor for automotive cameras, the IMX390CQV type 1/2.7. Sony will begin shipping samples in May 2017.

This image sensor is equipped with an LED flicker mitigation (LFM) function that reduces flickering when shooting LED signs and traffic signals, as well as High Dynamic Range (HDR) function capable of 120 dB2 wide dynamic range shooting. The IMX390CQV is the first1 in the industry that can simultaneously mitigate LED flicker and capture in HDR, a capability made possible by Sony’s original pixel structure and exposure method. It also offers high-sensitivity performance capable of producing high-quality color images even in light conditions as low as 0.1 lux, which is equivalent to moonlight.

In recent years, LEDs have been widely adopted for traffic signs and signals, and also for car components such as headlights and brake lights. Another trend has been the need for automotive cameras to be able to capture high-quality images with a wide dynamic range, even in situations of dramatic contrast, such as when entering or exiting tunnels during daylight hours. This image sensor simultaneously uses both the LFM and HDR functions to deal with these types of situations, providing more precise recognition in the diverse real-world traffic environments that drivers encounter.

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 and reliability for an automotive product. The new sensor supports the functional safety requirement level ASIL C. By supporting 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 LFM and HDR functions
This image sensor uses original Sony pixel structure and exposure methods to achieve the industry’s first1-ever simultaneous LFM 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.

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 current market leading3 image sensors for 2.0 megapixel class automotive cameras (according to Sony research). This capability enables the sensor to capture high-quality colour 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) 

3.       Meeting quality standards required for automotive applications

Key Specifications

1 As of announcement on April 12, 2017
2 In accordance with the EMVA1288 standard. The dynamic range is 110 dB when using the HDR function and LFM simultaneously.
3 When compared with Sony CMOS image sensor IMX290 for automotive applications.