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Toshiba launches world’s smallest 13 Megapixel CMOS Image Sensor for smartphones and tablets

Toshiba today announced the launch of T4KB3, a 13 megapixel BSI CMOS image sensor with the optical format of 1/3.07 inch for smartphones and tablets. The new design methodology helps to reduce the power consumption of the new 13 megapixel sensor to 53% of Toshiba’s sensor currently in mass production to 200mW or less at 30fps. Toshiba T4KB3 uses Bright Mode technology to boost image brightness up to four times while realizing Full-HD video capture at 120fps equivalent. Toshiba T4KB3 is world’s smallest class 13 megapixel sensor.

The sensor incorporates 8Kbit of one-time-programmable (OTP) memory that can store lens shading correction data for two conditions; correction data for indoors and for outdoors, for example, which have different light profiles. These conditions can be separately applied to image correction, and users can switch from one to the other with a simple command for better image capture. Integration of the sensor into smartphones and tablets will allow them to record high quality video at high speed, which extends imaging capabilities into such areas as slow motion replay. Sample shipments of T4KB3 start today.

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