OmniVision Technologies has introduced its OV2720 (press release PDF), which it claims is the world's smallest high-definition (HD) CMOS image sensor. It's intended for notebooks, netbooks, and webcams. For the uninitiated, OmniVision develops camera technology for phones, laptops, webcams, and video cameras.
This camera has a sensor that measures a mere 1/6 of an inch, and it supports full 1080p HD video recording at 30 frames per second. The new sensor is based on what OmniVision calls its 1.4-micron OmniBSI backside illumination technology (pdf), which the company claims offers "conference-quality" HD video recording.
The OV2720 also supports multiple platform architectures and controllers, meaning that companies can build this camera module into a wide array of devices (theoretically including Arduino-based setups).
The OV2720 is currently being tested and is planned to go into mass production in June 2010.