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New image sensors from Micron

Posted: 16 Sep 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:micron technology? cmos image sensor? digitalclarity? mt9p001? mt9t012?

Micron Technology Inc. introduced two CMOS image sensors that are equipped with the company's proprietary low-noise, high-sensitivity DigitalClarity technology, outputting sharp, clear and vibrant images while extending a device's battery life.

The 5 Megapixel (MP) sensor (part number MT9P001) is designed for use in digital still camera (DSC) or camera phone applications, while the 3.1MP sensor (MT9T012) is specifically developed for camera phones.

"These new image sensors really take CMOS imagers to the next level," said Hisayuki Suzuki, senior director of marketing for Micron. "The image quality and resolution of these new sensors will challenge the dominance of CCD technology in the high-volume, point-and-shoot segment of the DSC market and will also bring DSC-class images to the lucrative camera phone market."

According to the press release, the image quality of the new sensors will allow mainstream point-and-shoot DSC manufacturers to reap the benefits of CMOS imaging technology which was not previously available to them. These advantages include ease of integration, reduced chip count and simplified board layout, faster frame rates at full resolution, and lower overall system costs versus charge couple device (CCD).

Developed using a pixel size of 2.2?m?, the two sensors feature pixel binning for an enhanced viewing experience, simplified mechanical shutter support and support for multiple interface standards including parallel and serial interfaces.

The MT9P001 shoots 12fps at full resolution, enabling high speed DSC performance, and up to 30 fps in preview mode. This device includes an on-chip, 12bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC) that delivers high quality raw image output.

The MT9T012 shoots 15fps at full resolution and up to 30fps in preview mode, and features an on-chip scaling function that allows selection of an arbitrary image size.

General customer sampling is already available for the 3.1MP image sensor, with mass production scheduled in 4Q 2005. Samples of the 5MP image sensor are expected to be available in November and production is planned in the 1Q 2006.

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