Startup launches record resolution 150Mpixel sensor

April 01, 2014 // By Peter Clarke

Gpixel Inc. (Changchun, China), a startup founded in 2013, has designed and produced the world's highest resolution CMOS image sensor using the TS18IS manufacturing process technology at foundry Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (Migdal Haemek).

Gpixel's 150 megapixel full-frame CMOS image sensor (GMAX3005) has a resolution of 30,000 pixels by 5,000 pixels and is intended for use in medical, industrial and scientific imaging markets.

The GMAX3005 is a monochrome CMOS image sensor capable of running at ten frames per second at full frame and with even higher frame rates achieved in row-windowing mode. It has an electronic rolling shutter. Constructed using wafer-scale production techniques it has a die size of 167.6mm by 30.1mm chip size including 165mm x 27.5mm photon-sensitive area. The GMAX3005 has a 16-bit on-chip ADC with 12-bit effective number of bits, and 120 LVDS output pairs running at 200Mbps. The sensor consumes less than 2.5W at full frame rate in full resolution.

GMAX3005 has a dynamic range of 75.4dB, and over 70 percent quantum efficiency at 550nm wavelength.