Tokyo - Toshiba Corporation unveiled the T4KC3, a 16-megapixel (MP) BSI CMOS image sensor for smartphones and tablets. Touted as the industry’s smallest 16-MP chip, the T4KC3 also features 30 fps at full-resolution output with power consumption of 240 mW or lower.
Other key features of the T4KC3 include Phase-Detection Auto-Focus (PDAF), recently embedded in SLR cameras, for quick focusing, which makes it easier for mobile devices to capture high quality images and movies, and Toshiba’s Bright Mode technology, which is said to boost image brightness up to four times and enables HD video capture at 240 fps equivalent. The chip also supports high dynamic range (HDR) to capture natural images of scenes with a high contrast ratio, which solves the problem of over- and underexposed images, said Toshiba.
The sensor also incorporates 16-Kbit one-time programmable memory (OTP), which can store lens shading correction data for four conditions at maximum, such as indoors and outdoors, daylight and sunset. Settings can be switched with a simple command, said Toshiba.
Availability: Sample shipments are scheduled to start in September 2015. Volume production (2 million units per month) is planned for December 2015.