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World's Smallest 8-Megapixel Image Sensor
Posted: 19-May-2006 [Source: Home Tech News]

[Micron's new 8-megapixel image sensor enables thinner and slimmer phones while increasing resolution of the embedded cameras.]

Micron Technology today unveiled a prototype of an 8-megapixel image sensor that packs a punch with incredible capture rates at full resolution and stunning high-definition (HD) video capture. Because of its high resolution, the sensor captures large, crisp pictures (11-inch by 14-inch) or can be used to zoom-in and print just a portion of the image without sacrificing image quality.

In camera phones, where space is at a premium and image quality is traditionally negligible, Micron's 8-megapixel image sensor could revolutionize the market. As high-end mobile phones trend larger with more features and functionalities designed into the handset, Micron's new 8-megapixel image sensor becomes an attractive fit. And with the new 1.75-micron pixel design, Micron continues to enable the industrial design of today's popular thin and slim phones while increasing the resolution. For example, given the standard 1/4-inch optical format of today's mobile phones, a sensor built on Micron's 1.75-micron pixel can deliver a 3-megapixel resolution, without changing the handset's form factor.

Availability & Pricing

General customer sampling is planned for the fall of 2006 with mass production expected in the first half of 2007. The 8-megapixel pricing will be determined at the time of general customer sampling.

Additionally, continuing its heritage in imaging innovation, Micron announced its work on a 1.4-micron pixel and unveils pictures taken with test chip. By shrinking pixel size, Micron will bring more resolution to consumer devices such as digital cameras and mobile phones without sacrificing image quality, while still maintaining the small form factor required for these applications.

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