Gpixel Inc., a Changchun, China, startup founded in 2013, has designed and produced the world's highest-resolution CMOS image sensor using the TS18IS manufacturing process technology at the foundry Tower Semiconductor Ltd. in Migdal Haemek, Israel.
Gpixel's 150-megapixel full-frame CMOS image sensor (GMAX3005) has a resolution of 30,000 pixels by 5,000 pixels and is intended for use in the medical, industrial, and scientific imaging markets.
The GMAX3005 is a monochrome CMOS image sensor capable of running at 10 frames per second at full frame, with even higher frame rates achieved in row-windowing mode. It has an electronic rolling shutter. Constructed using wafer-scale production techniques, it has a die size of 167.6mm x 30.1mm, including a 165mm x 27.5mm photon-sensitive area. The GMAX3005 has a 16-bit on-chip ADC with 12-bit effective number of bits, along with 120 LVDS output pairs running at 200 Mbit/s. The sensor consumes less than 2.5 W at full frame rate in full resolution.
The GMAX3005 has a dynamic range of 75.4 dB and quantum efficiency of more than 70% at 550 nm wavelength.
"We chose TowerJazz's CMOS image sensor manufacturing process due to its excellent pixel performance, stitching technology for wafer-scale die size, and its outstanding pixel and process customization capabilities," Xinyang Wang, founder and CEO of Gpixel, said in a press release. "We believe China is on its way to become the biggest market in the world for high-end image sensor products and TowerJazz, as our strategic partner, is critical to our success." Tower Semiconductor trades as TowerJazz.
"Gpixel's GMAX3005 was a first-time success due to Gpixel's design engineers' very high skills and knowledge of CIS design. We believe Gpixel is the most interesting and promising CIS company in China today," said Avi Strum, vice president and general manager of Tower's image sensor business unit.
Gpixel was founded in 2013 by experienced CMOS image sensor designers and semiconductor physicists. The company has filed more than 10 patent applications, covering global shuttering, high dynamic range pixels, and low-power and high-speed ADCs.
This article originally appeared on EE Times Europe.