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Imaging tech delivers 1.4µm performance in 1.1µm pixels

07 May 2013

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Aptina Imaging Corp. has introduced the Aptina Clarity+ technology, which the company claims to double camera sensitivity for mobile devices and dramatically increasing colour and detail in low light. Building on Aptina's 1.1µm image sensors, technology departs from the traditional RGB colour filter approach.

Clarity+ technology is based on the third generation Aptina A-PixHS technology enhancing image quality, resulting in overall performance improvements compared to the current industry standard, which is the 1.4µm BSI pixel. This technology also works with the fourth generation Aptina MobileHDR technology, increasing dynamic range for both snapshot and video captures by as much as 24dB.

Aptina Clarity+ technology combines CFA, sensor design and algorithm developments to deliver stunning images. It is fully compatible with today's standard sub-sampling and defect correction algorithms, which means no visible imaging artefacts are introduced. While BSI technology innovation drove 1.4µm pixel adoption, Clarity+ technology will drive 1.1µm pixel adoption into the smartphone market.

Aptina will incorporate this innovative technology into a complete family of 1.1µm and 1.4µm based products addressing both front and rear facing applications. The Aptina AR1231CP 12-megapixel (MP), 1.1µm mobile image sensor is the first sensor to support Clarity+ technology. This 1/3.2-inch BSI sensor is capable of 12MP resolution at 60fps and supports 4K UHD video at 30fps. The Aptina AR1231CP is now sampling.

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