Sony today announced the development of two CMOS image sensor models designed for use in smartphones and other devices. They are equipped with Sony's unique “RGBW Coding” function which allows images to be captured with low noise and high picture quality even in low-light conditions. They also contain Sony's “HDR (High Dynamic Range) Movie” function which allows brilliant color to be captured even in bright settings. Sony has also developed a model with built-in signal processing functionality, an element that usually requires external embedment.
Sony has successfully developed new stacked CMOS image sensor technology that realizes higher image quality and superior functionality in a more compact size. The three newly developed next-generation back-illuminated CMOS image sensor models will be the first to utilize this technology. Samples will begin to successively ship starting March 2012.
Upcoming product launches (plan)
- Type 1/4 Stacked CMOS Image Sensor with approx. 8.0 effective megapixels (equipped with camera signal processing function)
Sample shipments planned for March, 2012
- Type 1/3.06 Stacked CMOS Image Sensor with approx. 13.0 effective megapixels (equipped with “RGBW Coding” and “HDR Movie” functions)
Sample shipments planned for June, 2012
- Type 1/4 Stacked CMOS Image Sensor with approx. 8.0 effective megapixels (equipped with “RGBW Coding” and “HDR Movie” functions)
Sample shipments planned for August, 2012