Toshiba's just rolled out its 20 MP 1.12-micron CMOS sensor targetted at high-end smartphones. Despite the pixel size, the new T4KA7 is still small enough to fit into newer, thinner phones allowing for the creation of camera modules with a z-heigh of 6mm or less.
Only recently Toshiba also announced 8 MP and 13 MP cameras back-side CIS sensors that allow high-performance while using less power. T4KA7 sets itself apart by using high-speed circuit technology with a 22 fps frame rate, 83 per cent better than Toshiba's last 20 MP sensor.
A lot of megapixels in a really tiny space
How many pixels are we looking at? A pretty impressive 5384 x3752 to be exact. Other features the sensor's packed in include advanced digital zoom, high-density permanent memory that does not take too much space on the chip itself and mapped couplet correction by 16kbit one-time programmable (OTP) memory.
Toshiba's certainly been busy this year as earlier it released the 13MP T4K82 which allows 240 fps HD video capture at 1080p resolution. The smaller 8 MP T4KA3 supports 720p resolution while still supporting 240 fps HD video capture.
Back to the 20 MP T4KA7: Don't expect to see it on smartphones just as yet. Sample shipments have just gone out, likely for testing purposes, each sample priced at US$20. Mass production is at the moment scheduled for February 2015. Seeing that the sensor isn't exorbitantly priced, there's a good chance we could be seeing more of them in phones next year.
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