image sensor worldChipworks presents more details of its reverse engineering analysis of Toshiba HEW4 BSI sensor found inside Fujufilm F550 EXR camera. The sensor was fabricated using the Toshiba Oita 300 mm wafer line, using a 65 nm logic process adapted to BSI image sensor production.
image sensor worldToshiba updated its web site and published more info about its new 1.12um BSI pixel-based sensor. The full sensor lineup of 2011 spans from VGA to 14MP:
image sensor worldToshiba announced the launch of an 8MP 1.12um pixel BSI CMOS sensor. The new 1/4-inch sensor delivers 30fps at full 8MP resolution or 60fps in 1080p and 720p video modes. The sensor is aimed at smartphone applications.
image sensor worldToshiba presents more details about its 14MP 1/2.3-inch BSI sensor, including its part number TCM5101CL and the block diagram. Toshiba announced the sensor over a year ago, but so far the details were quite sketchy.
image sensor worldChipworks' CES team meet Fujifilm representative to talk about the company's new 16MP 1/4-inch EXR BSI CMOS sensor. So far Chipworks has only seen BSI sensors from Sony, Omnivision and Samsung in the field. Fujifilm sensor is the fourth. The sensor is said to be designed and manufactured by FujiFilm. The company only uses it in its own branded cameras and has no intention of selling it on the open market and trying to compete with Sony or Omnivision. Chipworks Talks with Fujifilm on BSI Sensors
image sensor worldFujifilm announces its new EXR-CMOS BSI sensor technology, embedded inside few of the new cameras to be presented at CES 2011. "Our award-winning EXR sensor technology has been taken to a new level with the EXR-CMOS sensor, providing extremely sharp and clear images in all lighting conditions while offering high speed functions so consumers will never miss a shot with these cameras.” says Greg Poole, vice president Imaging Division, FUJIFILM Canada.
image sensor worldToshiba announces 3 sensors based on 1.75um pixels: 2MP (1600x1200) T4K28 with integrated ISP, 1080p30 T4K24 with no ISP, and 720p30 T4K08 with ISP. The sensors are targeted to camera phones and webcams.
image sensor worldChipworks teardown reveals that the widely discussed Nokia 808 camera phone with 41MP 1/1.2-inch sensor uses Toshiba sensor. Chipworks compares its size with Samsung Galaxy S3 Sony imager:
image sensor worldI've just discovered that Toshiba Iwate has its own web site. This image sensor and camera module fab is located close to the earthquake area and was able to restore partial production only a month after the disaster, on April 18.
image sensor worldToshiba published its President and CEO, Norio Sasaki presentation on strategies for transforming Toshiba into a global leader. Image sensors are defined as one of the focus points for the company (slide 14). Another slide shows ambitious plans of winning 30% share on global image sensor market, or, may be just BSI part of it, the wording is ambiguous:
image sensor worldToshiba announced a series of measures to transform its System LSI business, with the goal of boosting profitability by switching to fabless and fablite models, effective on January 1, 2011. The main focus has been on promoting analog ICs, CMOS image sensors and digital SoCs, discontinuing unprofitable products, and restructuring the back-end process through consolidation and increasing overseas production ratio.
image sensor worldIn October I missed Chipworks N8 reverse engineering report revealing that the Nokia's best camera phone uses 12MP 1.75um-pixel sensor from Toshiba (no surprises). The sensor die has HES7 mark on it:
image sensor worldReuters: Sony plans to buy back a Nagasaki semiconductor plant from Toshiba Corp for about 50 billion yen ($597.2 million) to double output capacity for CMOS image sensors used in smartphones and other devices, the Nikkei business daily reported.
image sensor worldPR Newswire: Singapore A*STAR Institute of Microelectronics (IME) and UMC have agreed to develop TSV technology for BSI CMOS sensors.
image sensor worldFastVision published datasheet of its recently announced FC300 camera featuring Panavision 3.2MP/180fps sensor with optional JPL BSI processing. White its peak QE is a respectable 60%, the whole spectral graph looks quite interesting:
image sensor worldBusiness Wire: FastVision announced that its FC300 camera is built around the quiet, high speed sensor supplied by Panavision Imaging. "Panavision Imaging now offers one of the quietest CMOS sensor designs in the world," says Dr. Joseph Sgro, CEO of FastVision and its sister company Alacron. "Our new FC300 camera reflects many advantages of this new sensor including low cost and high speed of 3.2 megapixels running at 180 frames per second."
PHOTO RUMORSSony announced the IMX118CQT back illuminated 18.47MP CMOS 1/2.3" sensor for use in consumer digital cameras. Currently, the Sony Cybershot camera with the highest MP count (18.2MP) is the new DSC-TX200V ($499.99). Here are the basic specs of the new sensor:Diagonal 7.76 mm (Type 1/2.3) 18.47M-effective pixels (4968H × 3718V)Pixel size: 1.26 µm unit pixelSupports 18.47M-pixel imaging at approx. 24 frame/sBack-illuminated CMOS image sensor that achieves both higher pixel count and high picture qualityAchieves ... New Sony 18.47MP BSI sensor for consumer digital cameras
image sensor worldBusiness Wire: Aptina announces the 8MP AR0833 sensor based on A-PixHS technology. The new 1/3.2-inch 1.4um pixel sensor has the speed to capture the full 8 MP at 30fps speed. The new A-PixHS technology combines BSI pixel with high speed sensor architecture. The pixel's DR is 61.2dB, responsivity is 0.7 V/lux-sec. Designed to enable AF camera modules as small as 8.5x8.5mm with z-height less than 5.9mm, the AR0833 is targeted to mobile devices, including smartphone market, which according to TSR is ... Aptina Announces A-PixHS Fast BSI Sensor
image sensor worldThe updated Samsung Imaging web site lists BSI ToF sensor, the S5K32A. The previously shown ToF sensor had different part number S5K32D, and does not mention BSI technology. I'm not sure why one needs BSI for an IR sensor having 14um pixel size, but probably there is a reason. The QVGA 1/3-inch ToF sensor is said to have embedded depth output processing. Samsung Presents BSI ToF Sensor
image sensor worldSony announces that it has developed a new next-generation BSI sensor placing the BSI pixel array layer onto a signal processing chip serving as a supporting substrate for the thin BSI array layer: