Seoul, South Korea Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. says it has developed the first 2 megapixel CMOS image sensor (CIS) chip that utilizes 0.13 mm process technology. The company claims the new CIS device also features the industry's smallest 2.8-mm pixel size and smallest optical lens size of 1/3.2-inch, which are key benefits for camera phones.
Providing enhanced resolution rate and sharper image quality, the new image sensor operates at 34 MHz at 15 frames per second. Power consumption is rated at 80 mW. It also offers a maximum illumination rate of 2 lux, which exceeds the sensitivity levels of conventional CMOS-based sensors.
To support automatic focus in digital cameras, the sensor is designed to maintain a designated setting even when the incidence angle changes, enabling users to take both close-ups and far away shots.
Samples will be available in December 2004 with volume production planned for May 2005. Pricing is not available at this time.
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