Sony developing Curved CMOS Sensors based on curvature of eye

by XB on 13th June 2014

in Imaging

Sony Curved CMOSSony’s engineers are working on a new type of CMOS image sensor, which is curved to deliver a simpler lens system and higher sensitivity. The curved lens allows light rays to hit the sensor straight on, rather than at an angle which can cause distortion in an image. You may have noticed this yourself when taking pictures, particularly at the edges, this is due to the angle that the light hits the sensor.

Sony says that the curved sensors are 1.4x more sensitive at the centre of the sensor and twice as sensitive at the edge. A curved CMOS sensor can be paired with a flatter lens and a larger aperture, which lets in more light.

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Sony’s research and development team managed to curve these chips with the same curvature of the human eye, using a special “bending machine”. Two chips have been designed, one full-size chip (43mm) suitable for digital cameras and a smaller chip (11mm) suitable for mobile phones.

It’s worth mentioning that the chips are only in development stage right now, Sony has made around 100 full-size highlighting that we’re somewhere off mass production. However, when the technology is ready, Sony is likely to partner this next-generation lens technology into future Xperia phones.

Sony Curved CMOS

Via IEEE Spectrum.

Thanks Alexander!

  • Yehaa Afandy

    they have to change Cyber-shot to Eye-Shot :D

  • alex

    C O M O N .!!! i want see this next-generation lens in future Xperia Z3. it’s time to kick Pureview`s ass. We need the new camera king, and it must be Sony Cyber-shot, on Xperia Z3!

  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    I hope thhis makes its way to the Z3 or Z2 Ultra

  • Mic

    Curved screen my ass now this is what I call impressive

  • Micro

    I can’t wait to see this baby in action! That’s exactly what I love Sony for.. so many years, and they still keep breaking standards, they keep surprise everyone with something that actually have a good chance to change the world agan, and again, and again…. :))))
    I’d bet, btw, that sammy a few weeks from now will announce their better curved sensor and call it SUPER AMOEYE. Once sammy do that, we should shortly hear from google that they work on some kind of contact glasses with HUD and some built-in in-eye camera with curved sensor or something similar :D

  • MeLike

    Da Vinci is proud

  • hmmm

    z3 will be a joke…..same z2 just 1mm slimmer!same camera,same display,same battery,same shape,same snapdragon 801.hope this won’t be true!!!

  • alex

    You think, on future Z3 Sony will put the same & old 20mpx camera..? Of Sony again put this shitty old 20mpx sensor, it really will be the fucking joke. i hope to see new revolution, but not this slowly evolution, from sony mobile. i hope…

  • Micro

    Hi troll, you forgot to put a proper name (again)
    oh, and btw- samsung gear is a real joke, looks even more funny next to that cheap plastic ;] but please, don’t be mad… :D

  • hmmm

    every rummor regarding z3 says it will be almost the same as z2.I’m not happy either with that.I hope it will be different,but who knows???

  • shanefalco

    before you learn to take care of the processing software because xperia m2 and z2 tablet that 8Mpx make painful photos!

  • JHMBB2

    Interesting, but we gotta keep in mind that lenses are all different where as our lense is fixed. I dunno but I’m interested in seeing this in action.

  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    Exactly who knows, so why are you here dropping these rumor turds, when no one knows.

  • ryan

    I don’t think we’ll see a new sensor in Z3 maybe an optically stabilized version but no major changes like this one.

  • EA

    this is why i love Sony!
    grEAt Thinkers work with grEAt Doers

  • Gareth McStravick

    Great work Sony, but being a Xperia Z owner you need to put some time to calibrating lens correctly. Yes it’s great having the hardware but you just need to get the software right. I get a bit frustrated that other oems use Sony camera tech and then tweak it to make their products better. Sony need to get on top of this.

  • Tangent Lin

    Same display? Same battery? Check properly please. Noise cancellation? stereo speaker? larger screen? larger batter? 2gb ram to 3? Or you think Sony add one more heart rate monitor will be a big improvement?

  • Guest

    It’s worth mentioning that the chips are only in development stage
    right now, Sony has made around 100 full-size highlighting that we’re
    somewhere off mass production. However, when the technology is ready,
    Sony is likely to partner this next-generation lens technology into
    future Xperia phones.

  • Reza

    I think, you’re the only one who made joke’s right here…


    This sensor will likely be in compact cameras rather than in mobile phones..

    Logically speaking a curved sensor should be “thicker” than a flat sensor. Thus taking up more space. Likely won’t be seeing it in mobile phones

  • Timothy Crayon

    I tell you the turth, nothing but the turth, it’s brilliant^^

  • Ambroos

    The curved sensor allows for much smaller lenses, so the end result would still be a thinner camera module. They cancel eachother out.

  • Dexter Moregan

    When this sensor is released,it will be ruined by Sony Xperia Software.

  • John Zakaria

    Hey Sony instead of inventing new lenses
    Learn to optimize software 1st

  • Billy de Fretes

    and samsung, apple, oppo, lenovo will produce great image using this sensor but not with sony xperia device

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  • Siberian Messenger

    See what Sony does with the money where they should have put in the marketing and advertising — it never stops its pace in next-generation technology researching although it is suffering financial deficit. Samsung only wants to sell its product and keep their market share higher — if they don’t do so, Korea would sink into the bottom of the ocean.

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  • goldenblls

    Great work by team Sony! Innovation right there. I wonder if they hold the patent.

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  • Rob

    Are you kidding me? The only way this would be in Z3 is if they hadn’t even started making that device yet.. Read the article, its not even in mass production yet!

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  • xperiafan324

    For those wondering, 11 mm diagonal sensor is a 2/3″ sensor – the same sized sensor as the Lumia 1020. But this one’s supposed to be crazy thin by comparison.

  • xperiafan324

    Actually in the endthe assembly is probably going to be thinner

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