Friday, October 19, 2007

Cypress-Fillfactory's Fast 1.3MP Sensor

Yahoo: Cypress, Belgium continues to serve niche markets. This time the former Fillfactory team designed a very fast 500fps, 1.3MP sensor with huge 14um pixels. Most probably the pixels are based 3T technology.

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  1. http://www.fast-vision.com/Downloads/bgawc4510/PB-MV13_Product_Specification.pdf

    Cypress is catching up, after 7+ years. btw, the MV13HS ran at 1000 fps, 1.3Mpixels, 12 um pixel pitch.

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  2. Yes, Photobit was quite ahead of time in fast sensors, among other things. What I dont understand is how come that Photobit agreed to be acquired for so cheap? With all its IP, patents and experience I think it deserved much higher price.

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  3. Bad timing. 2001 was a disaster year for semiconductor stocks, and fund raising. Frankly, there was also a strong belief that fabless would not cut it in the very near future. But apparently that was incorrect.

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  4. I am not so sure Photobit was ahead in those fast sensors. I rather thought Cypress was only serving custom designed products and they probably designed sensors with such high frame rates at that time as well.

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  5. Interesting. So what you say is that Fillfactory's work on fast image sensors remain unknown to the general public because it was made for a customer. Is this correct?

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  6. Seems so. A quick search learns that at least some of the sensors for these high speed cameras (>1Gpix/s, http://www.visionresearch.com/) were designed by the Fillfactory guys...

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  7. OK, I see. Thank you for the history lesson.

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