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20MP BSI CMOS image sensor launched by Toshiba

28 Dec 2012

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Toshiba TCM5115CL

Toshiba Corp. had announced that sampling for its new 20-megapixel (MP) CMOS image sensor will begin on January 2013. The TCM5115CL is designed for digital still cameras, uses backside illumination technology (BSI) to improve imaging performance and sensitivity, as well as offering 1/2.3 inch optical format.

Continued advances in the resolution offered by compact digital cameras—now in the range of 10- to 16MP—have brought with them the challenge of improving performance and picture quality with smaller pixels. The TCM5115CL does just this by achieving a 15 per cent improvement in full well capacity—the amount of charge an individual pixel can hold before saturating—against Toshiba's previous generation 16MP sensor (pixel size = 1.34μm).

TCM5115CL is designed to meet the demands of high quality, fast frame rate image capture and HD video recording supporting smooth, slow motion playback, and delivers the high frame rates 60fps at 1080p and 100fps at 720p.

CMOS image sensors are the main product of Toshiba's Analog and Imaging System business. Mass production for the TCM5115CL is scheduled in August 2013.


Optical format: 1/2.3 inches

Resolution: 20MP

Pixel size: 1.2µm

Frame rate:

30fps @ 20M pixel, RAW10

60fps @ 1080P

100fps @ 720P

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