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IC Medfia's 2 mega pixel CMOS image sensor now available
Posted: 30-Sep-2004 [Source: IC Media]

[Volume availability of new ICM200E, 2 mega pixel, CMOS image sensor for camera-enabled hansets announced.]

IC Media Corporation today announced the availability of the ICM200E, 2 mega pixel, CMOS image sensor based on the proprietary EmeraldPixel(TM) technology, wide acceptance angle, 3.45um pixel design. The company is ramping the ICM200E into production and the part is scheduled for volume availability in November. The proven EmeraldPixel technology vastly improves image quality under low light conditions, while the pixel architecture allows module makers to shrink the camera module's overall form factor.

The ICM200E is IC Media's second EmeraldPixel technology part to provide an industry leading 25 degree or greater acceptance angle to incoming light. The wider acceptance angle and small pixel geometry allow module makers to design compact 2 mega pixel modules to fit in a sub 7.5mm module height, making it suitable for camera phones and other mobile devices. The ICM200E sensor array can be reset in less than 1/1000th of a second. This fast global reset feature enables the use of cost effective mechanical shutter solutions for high-end camera modules.

"The design window for the 2 Mega Pixel camera phone is opening now and the ICM200E is well positioned to be the right product at the right time. The proven EmeraldPixel technology and our scalable architecture have enabled us to rapidly respond to the market demand for 2 mega pixel image sensors," said Richard Char, President and CEO of IC Media. "As the camera phone market looks for higher resolution sensors, IC Media is well positioned to benefit from having a leading edge technology that takes full advantage of the most efficient pixel design on the market."

The ICM200E is a 1/2.6" optical format device that outputs industry-standard 10-bit RGB raw Bayer pattern as well as vertical and horizontal synchronization signals, compatible with leading third-party external image signal processing chips. Compatibility with multiple external image processors enables designers to optimally trade off system cost, performance and features for their camera subsystem solutions.

The ICM200E is a single chip digital color imaging device incorporating a 1600H X 1200V sensor array operating at up to 20 frames per second (fps) at full UXGA resolution and at progressively higher frame rates operating at sub-sampled SVGA and QSVGA resolutions. Power consumption is rated at 130mW (UXGA at 15 fps) and 60 microwatts in power down mode. The image sensor's registers are programmed using a two wire serial control interface to easily control the operating modes. Other programmable features include fast global reset, exposure time, frame rate, subsampling, window size, analog and digital gain, horizontal and vertical inversion and dead pixel removal.

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