Bersiaplah Untuk Menerima Kehadiran Handphone Berkamera 16.4 Megapixel di Tahun 2011 Karena Sony Akan Memproduksi Modul Kameranya

Posted: 10 October 2010 in News, Sony, Sony Ericsson
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Resolusi kamera handphone tertinggi saat ini yang sudah beredar adalah 12 megapixel. Contoh handphone berkamera 12 megapixel adalah Sony Ericsson Satio, Samsung Pixon 12, dan yang baru saja dirilis Nokia N8.

Tahun depan, konsumen akan disuguhi oleh Panasonic Lumix Phone 13 Megapixel dan Altek Leo 14 Megapixel. Kedua handphone tersebut hampir dipastikan akan beredar secara terbatas di negara tertentu karena keduanya berasal dari merek yang kurang mendunia.

Merek-merek terkenal kemungkinan akan melompat langsung ke ukuran 16 megapixel, jika produk baru dari Sony yang baru saja diumumkan beberapa hari yang lalu dijadikan patokan.

Sony Corp. pada tanggal 7 Oktober 2011 mengumumkan bahwa mereka telah berhasil mengembangkan modul kamera 16 megapixel berjenis Exmor R™” back-illuminated CMOS untuk handphone. Produk ini akan dijual secara komersil mulai bulan Januari 2011. Ini artinya, produsen handphone dapat membeli produk baru tersebut dan mengintegrasikannya pada handphone terbaru mereka.

Mengingat hubungan yang sangat dekat antara Sony dengan Sony Ericsson, bukanlah suatu hal yang mustahil jika tahun depan Sony Ericsson akan menjadi produsen handphone pertama yang mengimplementasikan modul kamera tersebut. Jika dilihat dari sejarah megapixel kamera handphone, Sony Ericsson telah beberapa kali menjadi yang pertama di dunia yang memproduksi handphone dengan kamera 5, 8, dan 12 megapixel. Tapi karena produk Sony di atas akan dijual secara bebas, tidak tertutup kemungkinan juga bahwa produsen selain Sony Ericsson akan menjadi yang pertama dalam implementasinya.

Selain modul kamera 16 megapixel, Sony juga akan merilis modul kamera 8 megapixel dengan teknologi yang sama, yaitu Exmor R™” back-illuminated CMOS, dengan ukuran yang lebih kecil.

Berikut press release resmi dari Sony Corp. mengenai kedua produk di atas.

Sony commercializes world’s first 16.41 Megapixel “Exmor R™ back-illuminated CMOS image sensors for mobile phones

− Also announces industry’s smallest and thinnest lens module for mobile phones −

October 7, 2010, Tokyo, Japan – Sony Corporation (hereafter, “Sony”) today announced the commercialization of two new “Exmor R” back-illuminated CMOS image sensors with dramatically improved photographic performance including significantly high sensitivity and low noise. In addition, Sony will launch two new lens modules equipped with these image sensors, which also include the smallest and thinnest model for mobile phones. This is also the first time that “Exmor R” is commercialized for the use in mobile phones.

“IMX081PQ” is world’s first type 1/2.8 back-illuminated CMOS image sensor which realizes 16.41 effective megapixel resolution, and adopts the industry’s smallest unit pixel size of 1.12μm. “IMX105PQ” is a type 1/3.2 back-illuminated CMOS image sensor which realizes 8.13 effective megapixel resolutions for higher sensitivity and adopts a unit pixel size of 1.4μm. By embedding these highly sensitive sensors into mobile phones, including those without camera flash, users can capture high quality photos and videos even in low light settings.

Furthermore, Sony will commercialize “IU081F” and “IU105F2” compact auto-focus lens modules which include the two new “Exmor R” back-illuminated CMOS image sensors. These down-sized modules are suitable and efficient for mobile phones with relatively limited space and are equipped with high performance lens which maximize the image sensors’ respective performances. “IU081F” is the industry’s smallest and thinnest auto-focus lens module (W10.5 X D10.5 X H7.9mm) and is equipped with the 16.41 effective megapixel CMOS image sensor. “IU105F2” adopts the 8.13 effective megapixel CMOS image sensor, and belongs in the industry’s smallest and thinnest size class (W8.5 X D8.5 X H5.67mm).

Through its proprietary fine pixel fabrication process technology, Sony will proactively continue the development of “Exmor R” which adopts the 1.12μm unit pixel size for mobile phones. Accordingly, Sony aims to address customer demand by providing appropriately small lens modules especially for smartphones with large displays and limited space for components.

About the realization of high resolution
“IMX081PQ” is world’s first type 1/2.8 back-illuminated CMOS image sensor which realizes 16.41 effective megapixel resolution, and adopts the industry’s smallest unit pixel size of 1.12μm achieved by the fine pixel fabrication process technology. In theory, when a unit pixel size is made smaller, there are also some issues such as color mixture among smaller unit pixels. Sony solved this problem by implementing a unique formation of photo diodes optimally designed for fine pixel structure to realize a CMOS image sensor with high resolution, high sensitivity and low noise.

About manufacturing
Since 2009, Sony has been mass producing “Exmor R” for Digital Still Cameras and Digital Video Camcorders on wafer lines (with diameter of 200mm) at Sony Semiconductor Kyushu Corporation’s Nagasaki Technology Center. At the end of 2010, Sony plans to start the mass production of “Exmor R,” including those for mobile phones announced today, at Sony Semiconductor Kyushu Corporation’s Kumamoto Technology Center, on cutting-edge wafer lines (with diameter of 300mm). Sony already announced (September 1, 2010) the investment of approximately 40 billion yen in Kumamoto Technology Center to increase production capacity for CMOS image sensors.

About Back-illuminated CMOS image sensor “Exmor R”
Sony first announced the development of “Exmor R” on Jun, 2008. “Exmor R” has been incorporated in Sony’s digital imaging products since 2009, and its use in other products has continued to expand. “Exmor R” CMOS image sensor features Sony’s independently developed back-illuminated structure, realizing significantly higher sensitivity as well as lower noise. In this back-illuminated CMOS image sensor, light is directed onto the silicon substrate from behind, allowing light to be used with a level of efficiency not possible with conventional front-illuminated structures.

Sample image generated by “IMX081PQ”, type 1/2.8 back-illuminated CMOS image sensor with 16.41 effective megapixels:


Sample image under low illumination (20 lux), generated by “IU105F2”, type 1/3.2 Lens module with 8.13 effective megapixels back-illuminated CMOS image sensor:

Main Features

Back-illuminated CMOS Image Sensors

  1. CMOS image sensor with the world’s first 16.41 effective megapixel resolution for use in mobile phones. (“IMX081PQ”) − adopts formation technology used to create industry’s smallest 1.12µm unit pixel.
  2. Realizes high sensitivity and low noise through back-illuminated structure.
  3. Adopts Sony’s proprietary “Column-Parallel A/D Conversion Technique”, providing each column within the sensor with its own A/D converter, achieving high frame rates of 15 frame/sec (in all-pixel scan mode) and Full-HD video taking capability.

Lens Module

  1. The industry’s smallest and thinnest lens module equipped with CMOS image sensor, lens and auto-focus functions in which the pixel structure and lens are optimally designed. (“IU081F”)
  2. Approximately twice as sensitive as a conventional front-illuminated CMOS image sensor by combining back-illuminated CMOS image sensor and bright lens with small f-number. (“IU105F2”)
  3. Equipped with 28mm wide-angle lens (35mm conversion) which is convenient for daily shooting.

Key Specifications

 

Sumber: Sony Global

Comments
  1. […] sensor dan modul kamera untuk handphone dengan resolusi 16.41 megapixel pertama di dunia (baca: 16.41 Megapixel Exmor R™ back-illuminated CMOS image sensor for mobile phone), Sony Ericsson kemudian menegaskan bahwa vendor patungan antara Sony Jepang dengan Ericsson Swedia […]

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