Forza, NHK show 133-Mpixel sensor

Forza, NHK show 133-Mpixel sensor

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Forza Silicon Corp., in collaboration with researchers at Japanese broadcaster NHK have presented a CMOS image sensor with resolution of 133-megapixels and able to capture video at 60 frames per second. The chip is intended for an 8K-resolution single-chip camera.
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The sensor was presented at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) held in San Francisco in February. The sensor was designed by Forza (Pasadena, Calif.) and fabricated for NHK using a 0.18-micron 3.3V/1.8V manufacturing process with 1D stitching together multiple mask images on a die.

To date conventional image sensors for 8K applications have used 8 MP and 33 MP solutions in large optical formats. These sensor solutions have not been effective in managing the trade-offs between size and resolution. In order to eliminate the bulky lens/color-prism optical system of previous generation cameras, the team developed a single-chip 133 MP image sensor.

The sensor takes advantage of Forza Silicon’s third generation readout architecture to achieve frame frequency of 60 fps. The Gen 3 readout architecture uses a pseudo-column parallel design with redundant 14-bit successive approximation register ADCs to achieve a throughput of 128Gbit/s at full resolution and frame rate.

"Forza’s dedicated support and its image sensor design expertise enabled us to achieve the Super Hi-Vision 8K single-chip camera — the largest pixel count of any video image sensor," said Hiroshi Shimamoto, senior research engineer at NHK Science & Technology Research Laboratories (STRL).

Related links and articles:

www.forzasilicon.com

www.nhk.or.jp

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