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Panasonic unveils 3-megapixel Maicovicon sensor and new mobile cameras

Panasonic SC Device Solutions, a subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial, developed a 3-megapixel module (1/3.2"; on the right) for implementing into mobile handsets. The GP-KM3500V bases on Maicovicon sensor and supports AF and image stabilization, at that being one of the thinnest solutions available with its 8.63 mm height.

While developing GP-KM3500V the company built the sensor (2.2µm pixel size), DSP and lens module with IR filter onto a single PCB using MID (Molded Interconnect Device) technology. The aforementioned DSP is specially "tuned" for a 3-megapixel sensor and is called to provide higher-clarity images and compensate accidental blurring. The image stabilizer is activated during VGA movie recording at 30 fps.

At the same time, Panasonic introduced a 2-megapixel AF unit (1/3.2"; in the middle) and 1.3-megapixel scaling unit (1/4"; on the left), all belonging to Maicovicon series.

The production of 3- and 2-megapixel modules will be launched in March 2005, while 1.3-megapixel units will go on production in January 2005.

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