Micron Builds Smallest 8-Megapixel Image Sensor
Using a tiny 1.75-micron pixel design, Micron Technology has built the first 8-megapixel image sensor in a 1/2.5-inch optical format, the standard size for mainstream digital cameras.
The company unveiled a prototype that, when used in continuous-shot mode for digital still cameras, is capable of bursting more than 10 pictures a second at full 8-megapixel resolution and more than 30 pictures a second at 2-megapixel resolution. Also given it's high-speed, the sensor allows for cameras to have features like image stabilization for reducing the effect of blurred images typically caused by jittery hands and fast auto-focus response.
The sensor also enables a digital camera to capture and playback HD video, which equates to shooting video at 30 frames per second in 720p format. As such, it complements Micron;s 5-megapixel image sensor that also supports HD video and is currently shipping in volume.
Additionally, Micron announced its work on a 1.4-micron pixel and unveiled pictures taken with test chip.
General customer sampling is planned for the fall of 2006 with mass production expected in the first half of 2007. The pricing will be determined at the time of general customer sampling.
Source: Micron Technology
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