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MagnaChip beefs up CMOS image sensor line

Posted: 05 Jan 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:hynix semiconductor? cmos image sensor?

After spinning off from Hynix Semiconductor last year, South Korea's MagnaChip Semiconductor is moving quickly to beef up its CMOS image sensor product line.

The company said Tuesday it is sampling a 2.1 mega-pixel image sensor targeted at cell phones, and is working on a 3.2 mega-pixel version that should appear in the third quarter, based on a 0.15?m production process.

The Seoul-based company is already mass producing a 1.3 mega-pixel sensor (HV7161SPA1) using a 0.18?m process, which is also being used for the 2.1 mega-pixel version. Both sensors feature 3.2 micron pixel sizes and include proprietary, low-power image signal processors. The 2.1 mega-pixel sensor also integrates an auto-focus algorithm.

Hynix Semiconductor Inc. sold off its system-LSI business in October to a consortium of venture capitalists, which named it MagnaChip. With five fabs at its disposal, the new company is trying to carve out a name for itself in multimedia chip applications.

Its main product lines are CMOS image sensors and LCD drivers - highly competitive markets, but also ones with high-growth potential. In addition, MagnaChip has a far-reaching supplemental offering of application processors, such as 8bit and 32bit MCUs, camera processors, Bluetooth ICs, smart-card controllers and mixed-signal chips.

Foundry services are also part of the lineup, with a focus on high voltage, embedded memory, analog and power process technologies.

- Mike Clendenin

EE Times

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