Thanks to Niklas on our Sony Talk forum for noting Sony's new ICX413AQ six megapixel 3:2 ratio APS sized CCD. After some digging I managed to confirm this chip either is or soon will be in production. The chip is APS sized and has a pixel cell size of 7.8µm x 7.8µm, it is an interline frame readout chip and requires a mechanical shutter, thus it is designed for D-SLR's. Interestingly it's capable of capturing at 3 fps in single channel mode and 5 fps in dual channel mode. This sensor is ideally sized and specified to be used in a 35 mm SLR bodied D-SLR (it would produce a 1.5x focal length multiplier).
Sony ICX413AQ specifications (unconfirmed)
|Optical Format||1.8" / diagonal 28.4 mm (APS sized)|
|Colour filters||Primary GRGB (Bayer Mosaic)|
|Transfer method||Interline frame readout (requires mechanical shutter)|
|Total number of pixels||3110 x 2030 (6.31 million)|
|Number of effective pixels||3032 x 2016 (6.11 million)|
|Active pixels||3000 x 2000 (6 million square pixels)|
|Active imager area||23.4 x 15.6 mm|
|Unit cell size||7.8µm x 7.8µm|
|Optical black||Horizontal: Front 20 pixels, Rear
Vertical: Front 4 pixels, Rear 2 pixels
|Saturation signal||900 mV|
|Frame rate||3.06 fps (single channel mode)
5.09 fps (dual channel mode)
|Target mass production||June 2002|
Note: this CCD used in a 35 mm SLR body would produce a 1.5x field-of-view crop (focal length multiplier).
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