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Sensor cuts image blurring in camera phones

Posted: 23 Apr 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:anti-shake feature? camera sensor? camera phone?

Micron Technology Inc. has unveiled a 1/4-inch, 3Mpixel complete camera SoC sensor for mobile handsets. Unique to the market, Micron has designed an anti-shake feature into the sensor, which greatly reduces image blurring often found in camera phone pictures due to camera shake.

Blurry images are especially common in low-light situations where the shutter is open for longer periods of time to collect enough light to take the picture. A camera phone designed with Micron's new sensor (product number MT9T111) can reduce image blur by automatically activating the anti-shake feature when sensing camera shake.

"With the camera phone market's move toward DSC quality pictures and features, our new 3Mpixel product is positioned to provide the ability to produce clean, sharp images under a wide range of conditions," said Bob Gove, VP of Micron's imaging group. "Our latest product incorporating advanced image processing coupled with the anti-shake feature will push performance expectations throughout the industry."

Micron offers several 3Mpixel image sensors in differing optical formats, but this new sensor is the first in its class with the anti-shake feature. The new 3Mpixel sensor was developed on Micron's 1.75?m pixel and integrates additional camera capabilities on-chip including JPEG compression and image processing that would typically require additional chips. For basic operation, the sensor only requires a power supply, lens and clock source.

Micron's CMOS image sensor portfolio offers designers of virtually every image-capture application the flexibility, speed, resolution and feature set needed to develop high-quality products. Micron's portfolio of CMOS image sensors are used in a variety of applications that span the mobile, consumer, medical, automotive, commercial, industrial and high-speed markets.

General customer sampling is planned for August 2007 with mass production expected Q4 2007.

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