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Matsushita subsidiary unveils 3MP camera module

Posted: 14 Dec 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:sc device solutions? pscds? matsushita electric? camera module? mobile phone?

SC Device Solutions Co. Ltd (PSCDS), a subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Ind. Co. Ltd, has developed a 3Mpixel (3MP) camera module designed for mobile phones.

With the latest v Maicovicon image sensor at the core, the GP-KM3500V module incorporates auto-focusing and image-stabilizing capabilities in its 8.63mm package. According to the press release, the GP-KM3500V makes camera phones thinner while ensuring superb picture quality.

"Conventional 3MP Charge Coupled Device (CCD) and CMOS image sensors are not small enough to design compact camera modules, resulting in bulky mobile phones," said Satoru Masuda, PSCDS' Director of Engineering. "This new camera module successfully combines quality imaging with compact design by taking full advantage of the new 3MP v Maicovicon that features the industry's smallest 2.2?m pixel size."

"Advanced mounting and image processing technologies, as well as the ultra-mini focus actuator and thinner lenses, also contributed to reducing the size," Masuda added.

To achieve the compact camera module, PSCDS integrated the sensor, an imaging DSP and the lens unit with an infra-red (IR) filter, in a three-dimensional electronic circuit board using Molded Interconnect Device (MID) technology. This integration allows high quality pictures with reduced ghosts and flares in the industry's thinnest camera module, said PSCDS. The high-resolution DSP is specifically designed for camera phones to optimize the performance of the new 3MP image sensor. The chip delivers clear, vivid still pictures as well as corrects blurry images caused by camera-shake. In addition, the image stabilizer functions when taking video at a full rate of 30fps at VGA resolution. The chip also controls the mechanical shutter and strobe.

Along with the 3MP (1/3.2-inch optical format) module, Panasonic also announced two new imaging modules: the 2MP (1/3.2-inch optical format) camera module with auto-focus and the 1.3MP (1/4-inch optical format) camera module with built-in macro zooming function.

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