Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Magnachip announces 2MP SOC sensor

Magnachip announced MC521DA 2MP sensor SOC (Yahoo-Finance). It is 2.8um pixel pitch 1/4" format sensor. The power consumption is 160mW at 15fps full resolution - quite impressive.
Interesting quote: "Through the use of optimized processing, special lens correction algorithms, and carefully selected optical positioning, MagnaChip is able to offer a 2.8u pixel (1/3.2" format) SOC sensor for 1/4" format modules."
The analog supply is dual voltage 1.8V and 2.7V - to save power probably. Oddly, that digital supply is 1.8V and 3V combo. Does this mean that the chip requires 3 supply voltages?

Just two weeks before Magnachip has announced 3.2MP sensor MC532MA (Digitimes, module pictured below). It features 2.57um pixel size and consumes 150mW at 12fps full resolution operation (Yahoo-Finance). Jason Hartlove, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Imaging Solutions Division said: "By leveraging the best-in-class engineering teams we have in Korea, Japan, and the US, we expect to achieve considerable growth in our markets next year."

With such a slew of product introductions Magnachip seems to be well on track to reach their ambitious goals this year.

The 3MP module size is 11x11x7mm, including AF (from Digitimes):

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