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Toshiba Launches 20 Megapixel CMOS Image Sensor Enabling 6mm Z-height Camera Modules for Smartphones and Tablets

Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO:6502) today announced the launch of “T4KA7”, a 1/2.4 inch, 20-megapixel BSI[1] CMOS image sensor, which enables 6mm z-height camera modules for smartphones and tablets. Sample shipments start today.

Toshiba: 20 megapixel CMOS image sensor "T4KA7" for smartphones and tablets (Photo: Business Wire)

Toshiba: 20 megapixel CMOS image sensor "T4KA7" for smartphones and tablets (Photo: Business Wire)

The markets for smartphones and tablets increasingly require smaller cameras but with much higher resolution. With a 1.12 micrometer pixel size contributing to a smaller chip size, Toshiba’s new sensor achieves 20 megapixel images at its highest level and realizes 6mm z-height camera modules for smartphones and tablets.

The new sensor also offers a much improved frame rate of 22fps, 1.8 times faster than that of Toshiba’s previous 20-megapixel sensor[2].

A reference module incorporating the new product is currently under preparation and will be available from September 1.

With the launch of the new 20-megapixel CMOS image sensor, Toshiba commits to meeting demands for higher resolution images for smartphones and tablets.

 

Output Size and Frame Rate (Max.)

Sensor output mode
(Output pixels)
  Aspect ratio   Frame rate
(RAW 10-bit output)
20.2M (5384(H) × 3752(V)) 10:7 22 fps
18.8M (5000(H) × 3752(V)) 4:3 24 fps
16.3M (5384(H) × 3032(V))   16:9   28 fps
 

Main Specifications

Part Number   T4KA7
Output Pixels 20 megapixels
Optical Size 1/2.4 inch
Pixel Pitch 1.12 micrometer BSI
Recommended Module Size 10.5 mm x 12 mm
Sample Price 2,000 Yen
Mass Production Schedule February, 2015
Mass Production Volume   500,000 pieces per month
 

Note:
[1] BSI: Back Side Illumination.
[2] Compared with Toshiba’s previous 20 megapixel sensor “T4K46”

For further information about this product, please visit:
http://www.semicon.toshiba.co.jp/info/lookup.jsp?pid=T4KA7&lang=en

Customer Inquiries:
Image Sensor Sales & Marketing Department
Tel: +81-3-3457-3370

Information in this document, including product prices and specifications, content of services and contact information, is current on the date of the announcement but is subject to change without prior notice.

About Toshiba

Toshiba Corporation, a Fortune Global 500 company, channels world-class capabilities in advanced electronic and electrical product and systems into five strategic business domains: Energy & Infrastructure, Community Solutions, Healthcare Systems & Services, Electronic Devices & Components, and Lifestyles Products & Services. Guided by the principles of The Basic Commitment of the Toshiba Group, “Committed to People, Committed to the Future”, Toshiba promotes global operations towards securing “Growth Through Creativity and Innovation”, and is contributing to the achievement of a world in which people everywhere live in safe, secure and comfortable society.

Founded in Tokyo in 1875, today’s Toshiba is at the heart of a global network of over 590 consolidated companies employing over 200,000 people worldwide, with annual sales surpassing 6.5 trillion yen (US$63 billion).

To find out more about Toshiba, visit www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm

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