Business Wire: Aptina announced that its APS-C format 16MP MT9H004 image sensor has been chosen as a finalist in the 2010 EDN Innovation Award competition. The MT9H004 was recognized for its ability to deliver maximum SNR across all scene lighting and ISO speed conditions.
Through the addition of a pixel-level, dual-conversion gain (DCG) switch, the sensor combines two modes of operation in one pixel design – a high conversion gain (HCG) mode with increased sensitivity and low read noise for low-light scenes and a low conversion gain (LCG) mode for large charge handling capacity in bright scenes. A 5dB increase in SNR, almost two full f-stops of range for the camera lens aperture, is achievable under low-light conditions without sacrificing performance in high-light environments, where MT9H004 can achieve a 47dB max SNR. Other MT9H004 features include 16MP still image capture at 10fps, live-view video support, and 1080p/30fps high-definition video recording.
Between February 17 and March 31, EDN’s worldwide readers will use an online ballot (http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/886ZQ6R) to select the winners from among these finalists. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on May 2 in San Jose, Calif.
The MT9H004 image sample is below (click to expand):