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5Mpixel image sensor targets high-end handsets

Posted: 02 Dec 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:image sensor? high-end hanset? mobile market?

Aptina Imaging Corp. has announced the MT9P013 5Mpixel image sensor, the company's third-generation 1.75?pixel image sensor.

Like its predecessor, the 5Mpixel MT9P012, Aptina's new sensor was created with the demanding mobile market in mind. To achieve the performance that the quality-focused mobile market expects, the new 1.75?pixel, 1/3.2-inch optical format sensor leverages the light-capturing technology Aptina is integrating into its 1.4-? image sensors.

The improvements to the MT9P013 1.75?pixel include better performance and low-light sensitivity to enable mobile applications like cellphones to capture higher quality images. The new sensor supports 720p HD video at 60fps and full 5Mpixel resolution at 15fps. Additionally, the sensor provides flexibility for ISP support, which includes MIPI, CCP2 or parallel interfaces.

Increased sensitivity
"New advancements in Aptina's imaging technology are increasing the sensitivity of our 5Mpixel sensors and enabling Aptina to meet the quality and feature demands voiced by high-end mobile manufacturers," said Venkat Puntambekar, segment marketing director of mobile imaging at Aptina, a Micron Technology Inc. subsidiary. "The improvements of this sensor over the MT9P012 make it a great addition to the portfolio of mobile solutions we extend to our customers to optimize their cost/performance point. This new sensor provides drop-in convenience for current users with a better-performing 5Mpixel image sensor."

The MT9P013 5Mpixel sensor integrates the light-gathering advancements being integrated into Aptina's 1.4?pixel sensors. The improvements to this sensor provide manufacturers with performance that surpasses Aptina's 5Mpixel sensor solutions currently integrated into camera-centric high-end mobile phones. In addition, the new sensor's low-light sensitivity improvement is 2x over the MT9P012 for binning modes.

The MT9P013 offers improved image quality, high frame rates and multiple output options. The sensor provides high-quality video recording capabilities supporting up to 720p @ 60fps. The data output options include a high throughput two-lane MIPI serial interface capable of 1,500Mbit/s or greater and a parallel interface with throughput of 96Mbit/s x 12bits. The output options combined with the sensor's input clock for the PLL enable users to consider a variety of ISP solutions, including the MT9S311, Aptina's ISP solution designed specifically for manufacturers integrating Aptina 5Mpixel sensors.

MT9P013 samples are now available, with mass production scheduled for the end of January 2009.

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