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Panasonic Develops a 2.2-Micron Pixel Image Sensor for Mobile Handsets

 Matsushita Electric Industrial's v Maicovicon
Tokyo, Dec 10, 2004 (JCN) - Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (TSE: 6752), best known for its Panasonic brand products, has announced a new member of the v Maicovicon, Panasonic's next-generation image sensor family for mobile devices.

By successfully reducing the individual pixel size to 2.2-micron square, the smallest in the industry to date, the new sensor is capable of arranging 3 megapixels on a single chip with a 1/3.2-inch optical format (image diagonal of 5.6 mm). With this new addition, the v Maicovicon family now offers three types of image sensors including a diagonal 5.6 mm (Type 1/3.2) 2-megapixel and diagonal 4.5 mm (Type 1/4) 1.3-megapixel image sensors.

This latest sensor enables to make mobile phones smaller and thinner with improved picture quality and less power consumption. Stores now offer printout services for camera-phone pictures and there is real demand for better picture quality. Achieving a greater pixel count means the new 3-megapixel sensor reproduces clearer images that can be enlarged without compromising picture quality.

Low-noise wafer process technology enables the image sensors to take clear and crisp pictures in low light environments. Extended battery life is achieved using efficient signal read-out technology that permits the v Maicovicon sensor to use less wattage, about one fifth of the power required by Charge Coupled Device (CCD) image sensors when taking a picture of equivalent resolution.

Volume production is slated to begin in March 2005.

By Dale Hug Staff Writer

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