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5Mpixel image sensor steps up low light sensitivity

Posted: 22 Aug 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:image sensor? mobile market? processor?

Aptina Imaging has released the MT9P014 5Mpixel image sensor designed to meet the needs of the dynamic, quality-focused mobile market.

The new 2.2?pixel, 1/2.5-inch optical format sensor provides a number of features that enhance low light sensitivity, reduce pixel noise, enhance color fidelity and provide dynamic high light performance.

"The demand for good image quality pictures points to specific areas that improvements within image sensors can address," notes Venkat Puntambekar, Aptina segment marketing director of mobile imaging. "Aptina is focusing on specific areas such as low light sensitivity, noise reduction, color fidelity and high light performancecritical elements for images taken with mobile applications like camera phones. Improvements in these areas have a dramatic impact on the final image quality, improving the end-user experience."

The MT9P014 is Aptina's third generation 2.2?pixel 5Mpixel sensor. The improvements in the device provide results that go beyond Aptina's 5Mpixel MT9P001, which is currently integrated into camera centric high-end cellphones. In addition to the low light performance achieved by the sensor's 1/2.5-inch optical format, the color fidelity and high light performance results of the MT9P014 promote the sensor as a viable choice for various applications that include mobile phones, digital cameras, notebook computer cameras and video camcorders.

The MT9P014 provides improved image quality and extends key features like high frame rates. The sensor is high-definition video ready with specific improvements integrated that allow high quality video recording capabilities supporting up to 720p @ 60fps. Improvements also include ease in system integration specific to integrated lens shading correction, shutter support and programmable controls. For designs requiring an image processor, the sensor interfaces with Aptina's new MT9S311 image processor for a simple integrated solution. The data output options include a high throughput 2-lane MIPI serial interface capable of 1,500Mbit/s or greater.

MT9P014 samples are available with mass production scheduled for the end of September.

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