Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Third generation Aptina A-Pix technology enhances mobile imaging solutions

SAN JOSE, USA: Aptina, the leading innovator of CMOS imaging technology today announced two product additions to its industry leading portfolio that leverage the company’s recent breakthrough in 1.4-micron pixel technology.

The 3-megapixel MT9T113 and 5-megapixel MT9P017 image sensor solutions announced today both highlight Aptina’s third generation Aptina A-Pix technology developed to provide best-in-class performance.

The MT9T113 provides the mobile market with a cost-effective, system-on-chip (SoC) 3-megapixel solution with advanced functionality, while the MT9P017 sensor with its 5-megapixels and superior pixel performance extends Aptina’s range of advanced solutions targeting performance-oriented mobile manufacturers.

The company has also announced its enhanced Aptina A-Pix technology along with its small pixel strategy. (See release entitled Aptina Details Image Sensor Pixel Technology Strategy)

The MT9T113 is a cost-effective 3MP SOC imaging solution providing interface flexibility and SOC capabilities typically found in higher end imagers. Features include JPEG thumbnail support, parallel and MIPI interfaces for ISP connection flexibility, a die size that enables a 6.5 x 6.5 mm module size, and advanced functionality like Scalado SpeedTags for image management.

The integrated autofocus (AF) voice coil motor (VCM) driver makes this the world’s first 1/5” sensor with AF capability. Additionally, the SOC provides high definition (HD) video at 720p/30fps. The MT9T113 is one of the first products to integrate third generation Aptina A-Pix technology, and delivers excellent low-light sensitivity and vibrant colors as a result of improvements in quantum efficiency and reduced crosstalk within the 1.4-micron pixel.

The MT9P017 is a 5MP mobile image sensor providing high performance and sophisticated functionality. Its ¼” optical format and small die size are well suited for integration into 6.5 x 6.5 mm modules, and it supplies parallel and MIPI interfaces as well as innovative features such as adaptive noise reduction, integrated autofocus VCM driver, two dimensional (2D) dynamic defect correction, and resampled binning for smoother video.

To meet the demands of the increasingly video-centric mobile imaging market, the MT9P017 is capable of capturing HD video at 1080p/30fps or 720p/30fps. Third generation Aptina A-Pix technology was integrated into the 1.4-micron pixel to enhance performance and industry-leading image quality.

“Third generation Aptina A-Pix technology enhances and motivates new products like the MT9T113 and the MT9P017 with excellent image quality using proven technology,” says Farshid Sabet, Vice President and General Manager of Aptina's Mobile, PC Gaming Business Unit. “This technology ensures that our industry-leading portfolio of products provides our customers the reliable solutions and best-in-class performance that they expect from Aptina.”

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