Toshiba has launched its newest 1.12-micron CMOS Image sensor (CIS) in San Jose on September 15. It is targeted for high-end mobile handsets and smart phones with at least 20-MP resolution. Furthermore, the optical size of 1/2.4 inch, the T4KA7 sensor is suitable for smart camera phone of the height of 6mm or less. It will produce thinner and lighter mobile devices which are of consumer demands nowadays.

The T4KA7 employs high speed circuit technology with frame rate of 22 frames per second (fps) and it is at full-resolution of image capture. It comes with 8MP and 13MP and which will enable low-power-high performance image capture and video recording for mobile devices.

Based on the data from Yole Development, the CMOS image sensor will experience a compound annual growth (CAGR) of 10 percent between 2013 and 2018.  The industry will replace charge-coupled device (CCD) with CMOS for image sensors. This will happen not only for mobile technology but also for automotive, industrial and medical imaging applications as well as wearable electronics.

T4KA7 has the capability of zooming in without causing image deterioration even when the object is very close to the lens. Another feature is the mapped couplet correction by 16Kbit one-time programmable (OTP) memory, enabling strict integration of high-density permanent memory without increasing the real estate on the sensor chip.

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