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Toshiba introduces 20MP BSI CMOS sensor

Posted: 02 Jan 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:compact digital cameras  image sensor  BSI CMOS 

Toshiba Corp. is set to introduce a 20MP CMOS image sensor as the latest addition to its sensor line-up for digital still cameras. The TCM5115CL claims to offer the industry's highest resolution in the 1/2.3in optical format, using backside illumination technology (BSI) to improve sensitivity and imaging performance, noted the company.

Continued advances in the resolution offered by compact digital cameras—now in the range of 10-16MP—have brought with them the challenge of improving performance and picture quality with smaller pixels. The TCM5115CL does just this by achieving a 15 per cent improvement in full well capacity—the amount of charge an individual pixel can hold before saturating—against Toshiba's previous generation 16MP sensor (pixel size = 1.34μm), the firm indicated.

The TCM5115CL is designed to meet the demands of high quality, fast frame rate image capture and HD video recording supporting smooth, slow motion playback, and delivers the high frame rates 60fps at 1080p and 100fps at 720p.

Sampling of the new sensor will begin at the end of January 2013 and mass production will follow in August 2013.

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