Friday, September 20, 2013

iFixIt: iPhone 5S Sensor Probably Made by Sony

iFixit team teared down the new Apple iPhone 5S. The conclusion regarding the main camera is:
  • We uncover the iSight camera.
  • The back of the iSight camera is labeled DNL333 41WGRF 4W61W.
  • According to our good friend Jim Morrison, Vice President of the Technology Analysis Group at Chipworks, "the DNL markings are consistent with the markings on the camera modules housing the Sony IMX145 we saw in the iPhone 4s and on the iPhone 5. The marks on the side of the module are different, but our industry insiders tell us this is Sony's again"
  • As Apple has stated the pixel pitch on this camera is 1.5 ยต, this sensor should not be the IMX145, but a newer variant.

Update: Chipworks reverse engineering confirmed Sony sensor inside iPhone 5s camera. It's a stacked sensor:


  1. Chipworks have now confirmed it is a new variant of the Exmor stacked sensor

  2. Is the front side camera from Omnivision?

    1. I am curious about this as well. Yet Chipworks has not said anything about the facetime camera. Who makes the 1.9um sensor?

  3. Hopefully the pixel scaling will not stop from now on..Have to admit though that 1.5um seems to be the perfect size..

  4. Chipworks ‏@Chipworks 23 Sep
    @dreilly34 We’ve confirmed that the #iPhone5S FaceTime camera chip is fabricated by OmniVision. Our blog will be updated!


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