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Eastman Kodak Company unveiled what is now being called the world’s first 1.4 micron, 5-megapixel device. The KODAK KAC-05020 Image Sensor combines Color Filter Pattern technology and KODAK TRUESENSE CMOS Pixel technology. At 5 million pixels, the KAC-05020 provides the highest resolution available in the popular 1⁄4" optical format, and enables imagery up to ISO 3200 and support for full 720p video at 30 fps.
The KAC-05020 will be demonstrated by Kodak at the GSMA Mobile World Congress held Feb 11 – 14 in Barcelona, Spain. Samples of the KAC-05020 are scheduled to be available in Q2 2008.
"Camera phones and other small-pixel consumer imaging devices often suffer from poor performance, especially under low light conditions. To manufacture sensors that utilize these very small pixels – only two to three times the wavelength of visible light – we needed to challenge everything we knew about pixel and sensor design," said Chris McNiffe, General Manager of Kodak’s Image Sensor Solutions business. "By completely rethinking the design of the CMOS pixel and leveraging our work with high sensitivity color filter patterns and algorithms, Kodak was able to develop this remarkable new sensor that will enable a level of imaging performance previously unavailable from CMOS devices."