ORLANDO, Fla. - During a photography trade show here today, Motorola Inc. announced a new "camera-on-a-chip" sensor IC, based on what the company called "groundbreaking" wafer processing capabilities and patented photodiode and pixel design technology from Eastman Kodak Co. The second-generation ImageMOS VGA device also employs Motorola's patented image sensor technology.
"We created a real breakthrough in this market by combining patented image sensor technologies by Motorola and pinned photodiode and pixel design technology from Kodak to provide state-of-the-art imaging solutions," said Ben Word, marketing director of Motorola's Imaging, Broadband, and Entertainment Division.
Motorola said its new ImageMOS technology supports highly integrated, cost effective, lower power system solutions for a range of applications, such as digital still cameras and PC cameras. The VGA image sensor, the MCM20114, will serve video and digital still camera features in cell phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and other portable devices, according to Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector.
The second-generation ImageMOS sensor devices interface directly to Motorola's DragonBall MX1 microprocessor, which serves as an applications processor in systems, such as PDAs. The continuous rolling shutter mode of the ImageMOS sensors support video applications in excess of 30 frames per second, said the company.
The first product in the new series is the MCM20114 VGA sensor, which has a 640-by-480-pixel format. It incorporates the patented pinned photodiode sensor array for high sensitivity and low noise, said Motorola at the Photo Marketing Association International Conference in Orlando.
An integrated analog image processing chain is on the device, including programmable gain amplifier, programmable white balance control, and a 10-bit analog-to-digital converter. These functions require only one supply voltage and one clock signal. The sensor features 5.6-micron2 pixels, three shutter modes, frame rates in excess of 30 frames per second, a Bayer RGB color filter array, and micro lenses for greater sensitivity, said Motorola. The integrated CMOS image sensor has a maximum power consumption of 100 mW.
General sampling of the MCM20114 VGA sensor is slated to begin in March, with volume shipments starting in the third quarter. The suggested resale price for the MCM20114 is $6 each in quantities of 100,000. An MCM20114-based imaging module with integrated optics, for small form factor camera applications, is expected to be available for sampling in the second quarter.