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Image sensor aims high-end mobile phones

Posted: 02 Dec 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:image sensor  light-capturing  mobile phones 

Aptina Imaging Corp. has introduced the company's third-generation 1.75µpixel image sensor, the MT9P013 5Mpixel image sensor.

To achieve the performance that the quality-focused mobile market expects, the new 1.75µpixel, 1/3.2-inch optical format sensor leverages the light-capturing technology Aptina is integrating into its 1.4µm image sensors.

The improvements to the MT9P013 1.75µpixel include better performance and low-light sensitivity to enable mobile applications like cell phones to capture higher quality images. The new sensor supports 720p HD video at 60fps and full 5Mpixel resolution at 15fps. Additionally, the sensor provides flexibility for ISP support, which includes MIPI, CCP2 or parallel interfaces.

The MT9P013 5Mpixel sensor integrates the light-gathering advancements being integrated into Aptina's 1.4µpixel sensors. The improvements to this sensor provide manufacturers with performance that surpasses Aptina's 5Mpixel sensor solutions currently integrated into camera-centric high-end mobile phones. In addition, the new sensor's low-light sensitivity improvement is 2X over the MT9P012 for binning modes.

The MT9P013 offers improved image quality, high frame rates and multiple output options. The sensor provides high-quality video recording capabilities supporting up to 720p @ 60fps. The data output options include a high throughput two-lane MIPI serial interface capable of 1,500Mbps or greater and a parallel interface with throughput of 96Mbps x 12bits. The output options combined with the sensor's input clock for the PLL enable users to consider a variety of ISP solutions, including the MT9S311, Aptina's ISP solution designed specifically for manufacturers integrating Aptina 5Mpixel sensors.

MT9P013 samples are now available, with mass production scheduled for the end of January 2009.

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