Today Micron introduced a new, smaller 1.3-megapixel image sensor
designed to fit into a 1/5-inch optical format.
“As a pioneer in imaging technology, we are
committed to expanding our portfolio of products, encouraging new
camera innovations from our customers,
Hisayuki Suzuki, senior director of marketing for Micron’s
imaging group. “Designed on our stunning 2.2 micron
pixel technology, and despite shrinking the form factor, the image
quality of the new 1.3-megapixel sensor is one of the best in its class.
There are certain image quality values that must be met for webcams and
camera phones, one of which is fast frame rates for capturing crisp,
clear video. The new Micron image sensor captures 30 frames
per second at full 1.3-megapixel resolution or 60 fps at VGA
resolution, allowing for high-quality, seamless video. Another
important feature for webcam and camera phone applications is a high
dynamic range, which ensures the user a high-quality picture or video
in various lighting conditions. The dynamic range of the
new sensor meets and exceeds all application requirements
— in fact, it can image as low as 1 lux (equivalent to the
light from one candle). Additionally, another critical design factor is
its small 1/5-inch form factor, allowing it to fit into applications
requiring the smallest footprint and camera height. Finally, a key
feature of the new sensor is its compatibility with the Standard Mobile
Imaging Architecture (SMIA), making it easier to integrate the sensor
into camera modules for mobile phones.
The sensor is sampling now and will be available for mass production
later this year.