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Sharp develops the industry smallest 10 Megapixel CCD image sensor

Sharp has developed the smallest 10 Megapixel CCD image sensor in the industry. The new 1/1.7" CCD stores 3696 x 2776 pixels, for a total size of 10.260.096. Production will begin in January 2006 and we will see new 10 Mp digital cameras shortly thereafter. Of course, the question is how many (ultra) compact camera users need these megapixels. One thing is certain, more pixels require more computer memory and harddisk capacity...
Further spedfications in the system translated press release

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Below you'll find a system translated press release from the Sharp Japan website

Sharp, in for the compact digital camera, developed the industry highest 1000 ten thousand pixel CCD with small-sized optical system size 1/1.7 type. From 2005 year 11 end of the month sample shipment, mass production shipment is started from January of 2006.

As for the digital camera market, although single-lens reflex type of high end cost reduction advances in the compact type which can be operated easily, needs of high pixel conversion furthermore have increased.

As for the CCD, there is a tendency where generally sensitivity falls attendant upon the miniaturization of the pixel, but Although the CCD which this time was developed anew, to freely use this corporation individual " microprocessing technology " and " pixel cell reduction technology ", being pixel cell size in industry smallest class 2.05 mu m angle, it maintained the high sensitivity which is equal to the former 800 ten thousand pixels, 1000 ten thousand you call actualized high pixel conversion.
In addition, at VGA size 25 frames (the 25fps) we have possessed animated picture efficiency in 1 seconds, it corresponds to also movie photographing.

Furthermore with sharp, it grips in the latest " 1000 ten thousand pixel CCD ", " around IC the CCD ", with 3 tips/chips " of 1 tip/chip signal processing Lsi ", the functional system offer which is necessary for the digital camera is possible, corresponding to the demand enlargement which increases furthermore, including the high pixel conversion of the digital camera, with miniaturizing the equipment and shortening et cetera in development period, it is defeated.

Item name:  1/1.7 type 1000 ten thousand pixel CCD

Shape name:  RJ21W3BA0ET

Sample price (including tax):  10,500 Yen

Start of sample shipment: November of 2005

Start of mass production shipment: January of 2006

Monthly output quantity: 10 ten thousand

Main merit

1. With small-sized optical system size 1/1.7 type industry highest 1000 ten thousand pixel CCD Actualization

2. VGA size animated picture photographing of 25fps possible

3. System solution of IC 、 1 tip/chip signal processing Lsi around 1000 ten thousand pixel CCD 、 cCcd development

* 1 as of November 1st of 2005. As 1/1.7 type inter- line transmission mode CCD for the digital camera (this corporation to inspect)

Additional information: Further spedfications in the system translated press release
November 2, 2005
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