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Sharp announce 4 megapixel 1/1.8" CCD
Sharp Japan today announced the RJ21R3BAOPT CCD Sensor and chipset, with a 4 milliion effective pixels (4.2 megapixel total) and "digicam lens friendly" size identical to this years 3 megapixel sensors (1/1.8") we're certainly likely to see this CCD used in next years digital cameras.
The new CCD is actually grouped as a chipset of six chips: CCD (RJ21R3BA0PT), Signal Processing DSP (LR38666Y), Timing for CCD (LR38620), 10-BIT ADC (IR3Y49M1) and LCD Interface IC (RB5P0060M). Power consumption of the overall system has also been reduced from 1,245mW (3 megapixel) to 1,025mW (new 4 megapixel).
Sharp RJ21R3BA0PT specifications
|Optical system size||1/1.8"|
|Colour Filter Array||Primary (GRGB)|
|Total Pixels||4,200,000 pixels (2530 x 1659)|
|Effective Pixels||4,010,000 (2452 x 1634)|
|Saturation output||450mV (min.)|
|S/N ratio||-88dB (typ.)|
|Mass production||April 2001 (50,000 per month)|
The LSI DSP chip also has capability to drive colour processing, gamma, auto focus, white balance, aperture, JPEG output, USB and interfaces for CompactFlash & SmartMedia.
Credit goes to digitalcamera.gr.jp for first noticing this announcement.