Toshiba Develops 13MP Sensor Optimized for Low Light
MINATO, Japan – Gadget maker Toshiba announced the launch of a mobile device camera sensor that promises to deliver high quality images.
The new 13 MP, 1.12 micrometer-per-pixel CMOS sensor by Toshiba is set to offer color noise reduction for when pictures are taken in poor lighting. The new sensor is based on backside illumination, or BSI, technology and it is will be implemented in future smartphones.
The combination of backside illumination with color noise reduction technology will provide a sensor that is capable of capturing high-quality images. Toshiba claims that pictures taken with this sensor will be similar to the ones taken with a 1.4 micrometer-per-pixel sensor – the same size that the renowned Nokia 808 PureView offers. Moreover, this new CMOS sensor will also fit within 0.33 square inches. Hence, it is possible to fix the sensor within a 8.5 x 8.5 mm camera module.
It was also announced that test samples of pictures taken using this sensor will be unveiled this month, although it could take a few months for these sensors to go into production in smartphones. We can expect the devices to be available in the second half of 2013.