Micron’ 8-Megapixel Image Sensor

Micron has built the world’s first 8-megapixel image sensor in a 1/2.5-inch optical format, the standard size for mainstream digital cameras, using a tiny 1.75-micron pixel design.

The company unveiled a prototype of an 8-megapixel image sensor that packs a punch with incredible capture rates at full resolution and stunning high-definition (HD) video capture. Because of its high resolution, the sensor captures large pictures (11-inch by 14-inch) or can be used to zoom-in and print just a portion of the image without sacrificing image quality.

Used in continuous-shot mode for digital still cameras, the sensor is capable of bursting more than 10 pictures a second at full 8-megapixel resolution and more than 30 pictures a second at 2-megapixel resolution. The sensor allows for cameras to have advanced features like image stabilization for reducing the effect of blurred images. It also enables a digital camera to capture and playback HD video, which equates to shooting video at 30 frames per second (fps) in 720p (progressive) format. As such, it complements Micron’s 5-megapixel image sensor that also supports HD video and is currently shipping in volume.

General customer sampling is planned for the fall of 2006. Mass production of the sensor is expected to begin next year at a price range yet to be determined.