Sony Core technology announce ICX252 series of 3.24 megapixel (2088 x 1550) CCD's, ushering in a potential new wave of 3 megapixel digital cameras. The CCD comes in two different packages and two different colour array patterns.
Here's a breakdown of the models
|Model||Sample shipments||Price of sample|
ICX252AQ (RGBG DIP)
|End of October 1999||28,000 YEN (US$252)|
|CXD2492R timing generator||2,000 YEN (US$18)|
Specifications of ICX252 series
|CCD size||8.93mm (~1/2") diagonally|
|Effective pixels||3,240,000 (2088 x 1550)|
|Total pixels||3,340,000 (2140 x 1560)|
|Cell size||3.45µm x 3.45µm|
|Colour filter||Either Primary RGBG or Complementary CYGM|
|Max Horizontal driving frequency||18MHz|
|Frame rate||4.28 fps|
|Sensor saturation level||450mV|
|Sensitivity (F5.6)||RGBG: 270mV / CYGM: 320mV|
|Signal to noise ratio||-94dB|
|External size||13.8 (W) mm x 12.0 (H) mm x 2.9 (D) mm|
Obviously this is industry news, and it'll be a while before we hear of any 3+ megapixel consumer digicams and longer until we can buy one, but this kind of news is always of interest to the digicam community.
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