Sony to increase production of stacked CMOS camera sensors

by XB on 23rd June 2012

in Imaging

Sony is making an investment of 80 billion yen to increase the production capacity for its back-illuminated stacked CMOS sensors that we’ve talked of previously. The capacity increase to 60,000 wafers per month by the end of September 2013 will be mainly used to supply smartphones. These new stacked CMOS image sensors allow for a much smaller chip size, which should result in enhanced image quality, functionality and power efficiency.

Sony said that it plans to incorporate “superior core technologies, including stacked CMOS image sensors, into a wide range of products for its digital imaging and mobile businesses, which are priorities within its electronics business.” There will be both 8MP and 13MP versions of these image sensors and we suspect the latter is going into the Xperia GX that is expected to release internationally under the LT29i ‘Hayabusa’ codename.

  • AsadMulla

    Other smartphone manufacturer use Sony’s cameras in their phones. proving Sony smartphones have the best cameras!!!!!

  • meld

    Yeah, bring back cybershot

  • Twenty_to_9

    This simply shows SONY’s superiority in the hardware and design department, R&D as well, if only there software can be as good as there design and hardware, we’ll all be supporting the best mobile company wouldn’t we? I just hope they get there soon in there software front ;)

  • MobiousO

    Yes but most insulting I find is that the take Sony’s camera, “tweaked” it and call it their own. One example is the fruit company.

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  • lp6

    simply SONY

  • yeo wee kian

    since samsung and iphones all use the camera sensors, this is a good choice! but isnt sony spending way too much this year?>

  • malih

    Talking about software,
    the Windows Phone 8 seems like an interesting platform, and who knows, maybe Sony will release one or two models with WP8, I’d buy it, cause I love the beautiful design, combined with WP8 will make a really good device.

  • tymodmyt

    September 2013… a year to wait.:(

  • tymodmyt

    September 2013… a year to wait.:(

  • Hamad Ali

    Sony’s rationale for canning the ICS for the Xperia PLAY was performance issues with games. If this is indeed to be believed, then one has to wonder why Sony hasn’t released the updated Adreno 205 driver. The driver update was released by Qualcomm on the 30th of December at the end of LAST YEAR. The update is believed to give a performance increase of up-to 1.5x or even 2x in some cases depending on phone and app. This is just one in a number of very simple measures that Sony could but haven’t taken to bring us a stable ICS to the Xperia PLAY. Another is the clock speed/frequency. It is currently clocked to a measly 1Ghz while it can be safely clocked to as high a frequency as 1.9Ghz, so why not clock it to a still very stable 1.4Ghz, would this not increase performance to a sufficient enough level? Alas, this brings me back to my earlier criticisms of Sony’s dev team and their utter incompetence, or at best, lack of giving a damn for supporting older devices. I was foolish to expect better from Sony, a lesson well learnt indeed.

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