Toshiba announced the launch of an 8MP 1.12um pixel BSI CMOS sensor. The new 1/4-inch sensor delivers 30fps at full 8MP resolution or 60fps in 1080p and 720p video modes. The sensor is aimed at smartphone applications.
Sampling of the new sensor will begin at the end of July and mass production will follow from the end of 2011. CMOS image sensors are declared to be a focus product of Toshiba's Analog and Imaging Systems business.
Update: PR Newswire gives the sensor part number T4K05 and says that the samples are priced at $15.
Update #2: Tech-On: The initial production volume is scheduled to be one million units per month at Oita fab.