Aptina announced today at MWC in Barcelona, its 12 and 13-megapixel mobile image sensors targeting high end smartphones. The new generation sensors boast superior low light performance, best-in-class photos and high speed videos, and high dynamic range.
The AR1230 captures 4K UHD (3840×2160) video at 30fps as well as 1080P video up to 96fps (that's twice as many frames as the soap-opera-effect version of The Hobbit). Both sensors also support super slow motion video, new zoom methodologies, computational array imaging and 3D image capture. Aptina claims the smaller 1.1-micron pixel technology they use provides incredibly fine detail, rivaling the performance of digital still cameras.
1.1-micron pixel technology will be a significant driver in the mobile industry over the next four years providing a path for handset makers to offer higher resolution sensors in the same form factors. The 1/3-inch format will continue to be the dominant form factor for designers of mid to high-end smart phones
- Tetsuo Omori, Sr. Mobile Industry Analyst at Techno Systems Research.
Meanwhile the AR1330 increases video capabilities by providing enhanced electronic image stabilization in 1080P mode. It also captures video in both 4K UHD and 4K Cinema (4096×2160) formats at 30fps. The AR1330 is manufactured on the latest 300mm CMOS image sensor process at TSMC.
Unfortunately there is no mention of which OEMs will be incorporating the sensors in their smartphones. The AR1230 is currently in production and immediately available for order. The AR1330 is still being sampled but should be in production this summer.
Though not referring to these particular sensors, NVIDIA had this to say in their Chimera press-release last week:
"Two important players in the camera imaging sensor market, Sony and Aptina -- with others to be announced -- have already added support for the Chimera Computational Photography Architecture."
SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aptina announced today the introduction of its 12-megapixel (MP) and 13-megapixel mobile image sensors targeting high end Smartphone manufacturers. Integrating Aptina's most advanced pixel technology, the new sensors combine 3rd generation Aptina A-PixHS and 4th generation AptinaMobileHDR technology to deliver superior low light performance and best-in-class still and high speed video high dynamic range (HDR) allowing consumers to take exceptional pictures and video regardless of lighting conditions. The smaller 1.1-micron pixel provides dramatic results with incredibly fine detail rivaling the performance of digital still cameras and enabling advanced features high end mobile devices demand.
"1.1-micron pixel technology will be a significant driver in the mobile industry over the next four years providing a path for handset makers to offer higher resolution sensors in the same form factors. The 1/3-inch format will continue to be the dominant form factor for designers of mid to high-end smart phones," said Tetsuo Omori, Sr. Mobile Industry Analyst at Techno Systems Research.
Both sensors take advantage of 4th generation Aptina MobileHDR technology which increases dynamic range as much as 24 decibels (dB) while maintaining image sharpness and compensating for motion making it perfect for video and still images. The end result is crisp, clear images and videos across varying lighting conditions.
Fully equipped with innovative features that produce color- rich video and images in full field of view, the AR1230 captures crisp 4K -UHD video at 30fps as well as 1080P video up to 96fps for smooth playback. The AR1330 increases video capabilities by providing enhanced electronic image stabilization support in 1080P mode while capturing video in both 4K UHD and 4K Cinema formats at 30fps. Additionally, both sensors support advanced features like super slow motion video, new zoom methodologies, computational array imaging and 3D image capture which allows OEMs to offer unique solutions in their latest Smartphones.
"Built on Aptina's smallest, and most advanced 1.1-micron pixel technology, the AR1230 and AR1330 image sensors provide the high resolution, impressive low-light sensitivity, and advanced features manufacturers of high end Smartphone are looking for," said Gennadiy Agranov, Pixel CTO and Vice President at Aptina. "These sensors are the first of a family of new, high quality 1.1-micron based products being sampled by our customers, and which Aptina will be delivering in the coming years."
The AR1230 is now in production and is available for mass production orders immediately. The AR1330 is sampling now and will be in production by summer of 2013. Available in die for OEMs and manufacturers who have their own ISP; these sensors are also available with Aptina's imaging co-processor for a fully tuned, complete camera solution.
The AR1230 and AR1330 sensors are available in standard 8.5 x 8.5mm modules with low Z-heights to leading OEMs and camera module integrators. The AR1330 is manufactured on the latest 300mm CMOS image sensor process at TSMC producing category leading image sensor performance.