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February 26, 2013

Aptina Announces World's Highest Performance Full HD Mobile Sensor

By Frank Griffin
TMCnet Contributing Writer

Forward-facing applications can be integrated into smartphones, tablets, TV monitors and new-generation gaming platforms. Currently, the application is geared toward smartphones and tablets, so users can communicate face-to-face on their mobile devices.

The new Aptina AR0261 is designed to meet the needs of OEMs and ODMs who are designing foreword-facing applications on their devices. This new sensor is the world’s highest performance Full HD mobile sensor, with high dynamic range capability and 60 frames per second 1080P video – the best in the industry.

The mobile imaging sensor has a 1.4-micron pixel performance to render high-definition images, with accurate detail even in lowlight conditions. Even the best smartphone doesn’t capture video with the greatest of details under poor lighting conditions.

The fourth-generation Aptina MobileHDR technology provides the tools to capture high dynamic range images on a smartphone, no matter what kind of lighting condition the device is under.

Adding this technology to a smartphone allows it to be used as videoconferencing tool virtually anywhere providing reception. It can be used in legal applications for testimonies, or healthcare to consult with experts in different cities and countries.

The tool has opened many possibilities for manufacturers and service providers alike.

Additionally, gesture recognition will be more accurate because of the fast 60 frames per second rate the AR0261 is able to capture. It may also capture 3-D video by synchronizing two AR0261 output data streams to work together for the 3-D effect.

Front-facing applications for 3-D televisions can also be enabled.

“Designers choosing the AR0261 will find new and exciting ways to enable users to interact with their favorite devices. Gesture recognition, 3-D and HDR (News - Alert) will open a whole new world of personal interaction with these devices,” said Aptina’s Roger Panicacci, VP of Product Development.

The mobile sensor captures native 1080P full HD video at a 16:9 aspect ratio, or 720P HD video with 60fps. This technology gives smartphones the same capability previously available on video cameras.

The sensor also has a new design to improve the battery life of the smartphone by implementing low-power usage when necessary.

It is made with 300mm CMOS image sensor process at TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor (News - Alert) Manufacturing Company) with one of the image sensing performances. The sensor is targeted for standard 5.5 x 5.5mm modules with low z-heights and it has a 1/6-inch optical format.

The company is sampling the AR0261 now, and it will make it available by the summer of 2013 with several different options for OEMs and manufacturers with their own ISP.

Edited by Braden Becker


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