EM-1 uses Panasonic sensor per Chipworks

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Re: EM-1 uses Panasonic sensor per Chipworks
In reply to pedroboe100, 8 months ago

What you're buying is a bunch of X-Rays and Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) photographs of the chip, including cross-sections of the devices, so competitors can see what Panasonic did to make it.

"The Device Essentials deliverable for imaging devices comprises a one page summary of observed device metrics and salient features. The summary is supported by the following unannotated image folders: • Downstream product teardown • Package X-rays, die photograph, non-invasive optical photos of die features • SEM imaging of the pixel array delayered to the metal, transistor, and diffusion levels • Exploratory cross-section SEM imaging of the general pixel array and peripheral structures This deliverable provides basic competitive benchmarking information and enables cost-effective tracking of multiple competitors’ technology."

E.g. see the second picture here:
http://www.macrumors.com/2012/03/16/new-ipad-using-same-camera-sensors-found-in-older-products/

...or this:
http://www.i-micronews.com/news/Sony-Backside-Illuminated-BSI-CMOS-Image-Sensor,3161.html

Here's another example of what they do:
http://chipworksrealchips.blogspot.co.uk/

BTW it's very interesting Panasonic did them a custom one with PDAF, I guess they much think very highly of their defocus technique to use it on the GH4 instead of PDAF. As I plan to get a GH4 then hopefully it's the business...

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